There was a party thrown in heaven in honor of Velma Degallier on Saturday evening, December 19, 2015, when she was reunited with those that had gone on before her, including her husband, Daniel, her mother, father, brothers and sisters, to mention a few but, most importantly, Jesus Christ, The Savior of the world and Creator of the universe. She now has a new, perfect body that not only stands tall and is pain free but is dancing to the glory of God. And she will be having the best Christmas ever this year.
She was born on October 3, 1923, to Haakon and Karen Ask. She lived in the Winona area her whole life and graduated from Winona Senior High School in the spring of 1941, as her classmates, friends and family were enlisting into WWII. She married Robert Runkel on April 22, 1945, in Winona, with whom she had a daughter. He died in July 1958. On the rainy day of August 27, 1960, she married Dr. Daniel Degallier in a little log cabin in Balsam Lake, Wis. They lived and raised their family in Winona. Daniel passed into Glory in 2008.
Velma was an active member of Pleasant Valley Evangelical Free Church (PVEFC) for almost 40 years. She was also past president of the Winona County Medical Auxiliary, and a member of a small local ladies Bible Study group after the surrendering of her heart to The LORD God Almighty. The friendships she made there carried her with a strength that surpasses all understanding as her friends were with her from that beginning, decades ago, through many of life’s trials, and right up to the ushering of her into the throne room of God this past Saturday evening.
Velma worked at F.W. Woolworth and then as a secretary at J.R. Watkins Co. for 10 years. Her most important and fulfilling job was raising her family. Her children were the highlight of her life.
Those continuing without her include her children, Jon (Alice) and their children, Isabelle Holdridge, Jon-Alec, Joel and Roman Degallier, Carol (Mark) Freed, and their son Erik, David (Jan), and their children, Les and Treva Ellis, Nicole Meech, Sarah Degallier, Tyler and Jacob Ryan, Dr. Paul (Sue), and their children, Peter, Josh, Thomas and Natalie Degallier, Mark (Beth), and their children, Emily Langr, Daniel and Clara Degallier; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Esther Fiene, Carol (Loren) Kilstofte, Anita (Craig) Currier; brothers, Roy and Lyle Ask; many more relatives and friends.
Those gone on before her include, her parents; husbands, Robert Runkel and Daniel Degallier; brothers, Carl and Walter Ask; sisters, Hardy Napstad, Florence Votruba, Evelyn Millen, Alma Eberhard, and Hazel McElmury.
She will be looking forward to seeing all her friends, brothers, and sisters in Christ that she has left behind for now, in Glory someday soon. Praise be to the King!!
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Pleasant Valley Church Irresistible Initiative.
Words of Sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis.