Vera (Borchardt) Root 1926–2020 Faribault—Vera Lucille (Borchardt) Root, age 93, of Faribault and formerly of Mankato, died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Faribault Senior Living. Due to the COVOID-19 pandemic restrictions services were delayed at that time. The family is planning to have a celebration of life for Vera Root at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Greg Purchla officiating. Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home for one hour prior to the service on July 10th. Vera was born in Plymouth, Iowa on August 26,1926 to Albert and Alma (Glassel) Borchardt. She grew up in Rock Falls, Iowa attending elementary and high school. After graduating from high school, she attended Hamilton School of Commerce in Mason City, Iowa and graduated from their business program. Vera worked for over three years at Standard Oil Company, Mason City, Iowa as a computer operator. Vera married Dellas (Del) Root on August 22,1948. The couple lived in New Ulm, Minnesota where Dellas ran the Siegel Creamery. Over the years the couple lived in Armstrong, Elmore, Fairmont, and Mankato, Minnesota, where Del worked for various creameries and Marigold Dairies. Vera went back to school and became a bookkeeper. She worked as a bookkeeper at Melody Oil Company in Fairmont and for Chalgren and Lund LTD of Mankato for 18 years. Vera retired at the age of 62 and became a volunteer for the Region Nine program named Good Neighbors. In August of 2007 Vera was awarded the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Blue Earth County. Vera and Dellas bought a lake home on West Lake Jefferson where they lived for over 17 years. The entire family and friends loved it there! Every year family and friends were welcome to participate in lake activities included water and jet skiing, ice-skating, snowmobile rides and of course fishing. The lake home was famous for the fourth of July parties each year. After the death of her husband in 2011, Vera moved to the Faribault Senior Living facility in Faribault, Minnesota where she lived the rest of her life. Vera had many interests and hobbies. She enjoyed her flower gardening, bowling and card playing. She water-skied up until age 70. Most of all she loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Vera was very hands on in the kitchen letting her grandchildren become involved in all activities. The lake home was a child's paradise. Vera is survived by her four children, Diana Langford (Mike), Terry Root (Mary), Alan Root (Griselda) and Sheryl Wesner; nine grandchildren, including Tammy Speerr (Mark), Lance Langford (Cheryl), Shane Bleess (Michelle), Chad Bleess (Ofanmine), Leah Anderson (Jeff), Jessica Allmereesch (Antoine), Leslie Arnquist (Karl), Erica Vanthavong (Sy), Dustin Bleess, and two step grandchildren, Anna and Erin Miller. The family also includes 17 great grandchildren. Vera's living siblings are Bethel Farenholtz, Janice Feldt, and Russell Borchardt. Vera was proceeded in death by her husband, Dellas Root; her parents, Albert and Alma Borchardt; sisters, Alberta Sprung and Alpha Petznik; and brothers, Richard Borchardt and Forrest Borchardt; one daughter in law, Rita Root; and a great grandson, Brenden Speerr. Vera Root was the matriarch of our family and the glue that held all the family together. Vera was a blessing to life she touched. Please visit boldtfuneralhome.com for information and guest book.
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