Verla Conway 1929–2019 Waseca—Verla Conway, age 89, of Waseca died peacefully on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019 at Colony Court in Waseca. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, October 18, at Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca with Fr. Gregory Leif as Celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Thursday, October 17, with a parish prayer service beginning at 6PM all at Starkson & Steffel Funeral & Cremation Service ~ McRaith Chapel of Waseca. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to Smile Train, Waseca County Humane Society or Mayo Clinic Hospice. Verla Margaret was born on October 19, 1929, on the farm near New Richland. The youngest of five children born to Charles "Otto" and Magdalena (Radke) Schoenrock. She was a 1947 graduate of New Richland High School. On June 5, 1948, Verla was united in marriage to John Joseph Patrick Conway at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca. Together they made their home in Waseca while raising their eight children. Verla and John shared 68 ½ years of marriage before John passed away on January 12, 2017. Verla was a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother, and was always there when her family needed her the most. She never enjoyed being in the spotlight which was not usually a problem as John took care of that most of the time. Verla was a great cook and is remembered for all of her wonderful desserts as she passed her talent down to her daughters and granddaughters. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, music, and animals, especially dogs. Verla was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active in Social Concerns and Catholic Daughters. She is remembered most for her momisms, quiet sense of humor, and dedication to her family. Blessed be her memory. Verla is survived by her loving children: Jeff (Carol) of Mesa, AZ, Beth Taylor of St. Paul, John of Waseca, Kristine (Steve) Harmeyer of Seattle, WA, Alice (Jeff) Brown of Charleston, SC and Mary Conway of Charleston, SC; daughters-in-law, Kathleen Conway of Deephaven and Judy Conway of Waseca; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, two sons: Patrick and Steve, and her four siblings www.wasecafuneral.com
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