Verna C. Carpenter, 94, Winona, MN, was called home peacefully by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ passing from death to life everlasting on Saturday, December 19, 2009, with her daughter by her side at Lake Winona Manor.
She was born in Hart Township, Winona County, to Paul and Elsie (Runge) Brand on February 9, 1915. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, at Hart, MN. She graduated from the eighth grade in country school at Hart, MN. She helped and worked a lot on the farm as a young girl. She then graduated from Paul’s School of Cosmetology in the Twin Cities in 1935 and was a cosmetologist for 11 years working for two different beauty shops in Winona and Rochester, MN, before owning her own for many years in Rochester. She loved old time, country music and hymns and attended many dances at the Witoka and Wyattville Ballrooms during the 1930s and 40s.
She married Arnold H. Carpenter on August 17, 1946, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church parsonage. Their only child Christine Elsie Carpenter, was born on her birthday, February 9, six years later. She was a devoted housewife and mother until Arnold’s passing, July 22, 1986. She loved to cook and bake cookies.
Their daughter, Christine, was married January 15, 1977, to Rodney W. Hansen. From the time their grandsons, William Lorentz Hansen was born February 21, 1979, and Jeremy Vern Hansen was born June 3, 1982, Grandma and Grandpa Carpenter devoted their lives to their grandsons, babysitting and helping whenever needed. From the time her daughter returned to work after the birth of her grandsons, Verna went down to her daughter and son-in-law’s house babysitting from morning until evening, helping in all ways whenever needed. When her grandsons attended St. Martin’s Lutheran School, they took the school bus to Grandma’s house after school for cookies and snacks. Before graduating from Winona Senior High School they walked to Grandma’s house after school, always receiving Grandma’s homemade cookies and other snacks. She loved to make their favorite, peanut blossoms and cut outs. She was known as the cookie Grandma to the neighbors too, giving them cards and cookies for all holidays and their birthdays. Her nieces and nephews and their families were very important to her, too.
During her middle and later years she loved to listen to the radio, walk, and watch St. Martin’s Lutheran Church on TV. She was a member of St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winona, attending worship and communion regularly. The Lutheran Book of Prayer’s pages are totally worn and out of their binding from daily usage since she had received at her confirmation. She listened every Sunday to the Lutheran Hour on the radio.
She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She was conductress for the VFW.
Verna is survived by her daughter, Christine E. (Rodney W.) Hansen, Winona, two grandsons: William L. (Kristie) Hansen, Onalaska, WI and Jeremy V. Hansen, Winona, a sister, Bernice C. (James H.) Puck, Cambridge, MN, and two sisters-in-law: Vera Brand and Myrtle Brand, both of Winona. She is also survived by nephews: Paul (Sharon) Puck, McAllen, TX, and their families, Franklin (Darleen) Brand, Lake City, MN, and their families, Larry (Sharon) Brand, Dakota, MN, and their families, Roger (Kay) Brand, Arizona, and their families; and nieces: Mary (James) Hoover, Winona, and their families, and Judith (Robert) Brommerich, Winona, and their families, Rose (Edward) Kamrowski, Dodge, WI, and their families, and Patricia (David) Galewski, Independence, WI, and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, three brothers: Maynard, Franklin and Palmer, and sister-in-law, Helen Brand.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 2, 2010, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, with Rev. Vernon Kettner officiating. Burial will follow immediately at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona.
Visitation will begin at 12:00 PM Saturday, at the funeral home, with a VFW Auxiliary Memorial Service beginning at 11:50 AM at the funeral home.
Casket bearers will be grandsons, William and Jeremy Hansen; nephews Frank Brand, Larry Brand and Larry Puck; and Verna’s neighbor and handyman James Kostuck. Honorary casket bearers will be nephews, Paul, Kody, Riley, and Evan Puck, Dr. Thomas Retzinger, Dr. John Farnen, Dr. William Hanson, neighbors: Lisa, Lucas, Joshua, Stephanie, and Jacob Kostuck; Dave, Ann, Michael, Jeremy and Nicholas Thull, Tony Engel, and all other nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.
A song will be sung by grandsons William and Jeremy Hansen and neighbor Stephanie Kostuck, who said Verna was like a grandma to her.
Verna’s family wishes to thank Winona Health, Lake Winona Manor, and Drs. Thomas Retzinger, John Farnen, William Hanson for the excellent care she received from them. She never complained about anything. They want to thank Pastor Dr. Vernon Kettner for his many visits, prayers and communion received from him.
In lieu of flowers a memorial is being arranged.
She will be dearly missed by her family who were with her a lot. “We will meet you again in Heaven someday, Mother.”
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Winona.