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Vera (Learned Ilstrup) Templin

Vera (Learned Ilstrup) Templin, age 99, of Buffalo, died peacefully Thursday, March 6, 2008, at Sunrise Assisted Living of Buffalo.

She was born Jan. 4, 1909, at home in Waverly to Abijah E. and Mabel Mary (Nee Redmond) Learned. Her family moved to Buffalo when her father became deputy registrar of deeds there in 1915.

Vera graduated from Buffalo High School in 1926, went on to Normal Training, and taught in one-room country schools near Buffalo and Monticello for two years. She then graduated from St. Cloud Teachers’ College and was a first grade teacher in St. Cloud for two years.

Vera and E. R. (Ray) Ilstrup were married Aug. 8, 1933, in a ceremony in her parents’ backyard overlooking Buffalo Lake. Ray and Vera were blessed with five children.

Vera was a wonderful mother, homemaker, and supporter of her husband, Ray, who served for 10 years in the Minnesota House of Representatives. For many years, Vera worked as deputy registrar of deeds, retiring from the Wright County Registrar of Deeds office.

On her 81st birthday, in 1990, Vera married Herbert Templin, a friend from her Buffalo school days. Herb died in 1993.

At the age of 93, Vera left her home of 63 years to move to Sunrise, where she enjoyed Red Hats, bingo, and many activities.

In June of 1999, Vera was honored at the inaugural Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball game at Target Center for “Pioneers of Women’s Sports in Minnesota,” including Patty Berg, pro golfer, and Ann Bancroft, North Pole explorer, among others. Vera had played basketball at Buffalo High for six years, and had been on the varsity team since ninth grade.

On Valentine’s Day, 2006, Vera was again honored, along with Honey Mattson and Babe Durand, at Buffalo High School as a pioneer of girls’ basketball there. They signed copies of the book, “Daughters of the Game,” about Minnesota girls who played basketball from the 1890s to 1942, and were given honorary basketballs and certificates in the auditorium before the girls’ basketball game.

All of her life, Vera loved sports, especially watching her Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves on TV.

She was a longtime member of Buffalo Presbyterian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Buffalo Women’s Club, Red Hatters Club of Sunrise, and Order of the Eastern Star Galilee Chapter 53, for which she served as a worthy matron twice. For years, she volunteered at Parkview Nursing Home.

Vera was preceded in death by her husbands, E. R. “Ray” Ilstrup and Herbert Templin; brothers Lloyd and Bradley Learned; sister Shirley (Learned) Cox; and daughter Margie Opsahl.

She is survived by her loving children: Marshall (Jean) Graeagle of California, Mary (Lyle) Dyck of New Hope, Myrna Docherty of Maple Grove, and Michael of Buffalo; son-in-law Paul Opsahl; former sons-in-law: James (Barb) Lee and Warren (Mary) Docherty; grandchildren David (Donna) and Greg Ilstrup of California, Brian (Carolyn) Dyck of Washington, Julie (Mark) Hudak of Champlin, Debbie Lee of Anoka, Deanna Opsahl and Darcy (Steve) Shannon of Illinois, David (Kelly) Docherty of Plymouth, Karen (Mark Gonzalez) Docherty of Arizona, and Beth Docherty of Maple Grove; great-grandchildren, Emma Ilstrup, Tyler and Jake Shannon, Foster and Maxwell Docherty, and Herbert Templin’s children and their families; a special friend from Sunrise, Roland Cox; nephews; nieces; and many other good friends and relatives.

Funeral service was Tuesday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church.

Visitation took place Monday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the funeral service.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.