Verla Ann (Cardinal) Lyrek, age 75, of Delano, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.
She was born March 17, 1936, on the family farm in Waverly, the daughter of Willmar E. and Muriel V. (Jewett) Cardinal. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
Verla attended grade school in the area and graduated from Buffalo High School in 1955.
Verla was joined in holy marriage to Duane D. Lyrek Aug. 31, 1957, at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with seven children.
Verla lived on the family farm in Delano after her marriage, and has remained in that area for the past 55 years. She worked for 29 years as a waitress with Perkins in Hopkins/Minnetonka, formerly Perkins Cake & Steak.
She had a lifelong love of gardening, flowers, music, canning, and crocheting.
Verla is survived by her husband of 54 years, Duane D. Lyrek; children: Mary Ward, Donna (Lloyd) Vogelpohl, Robert (Normita) Lyrek, Ronald (Lisa) Lyrek, Dorothy (Neil) Bonde, LeRoy Lyrek, and Ronda (Mitch) Gordon; grandchildren Jesse, Bobby, Stephanie, James, Brian, Mellisa, Neil Jr., Nels, Nicole, Colten, Megan, Zach, Samuel, Samantha, Traci and Jamie; eight great-grandchildren; siblings Willis Cardinal, Delwin (Marlene) Cardinal, Mylen (Margie) Cardinal, Marlette (William) Babatz, Jr., Arlynn Cardinal, Gerlene (Tony) Klingelhoets, Orlan (Diane) Cardinal, and Dorlyn “Dewey” (Peggy) Cardinal; sister-in-law Darleen Cardinal; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Campbell; brother, Garryl Cardinal, killed in action in Vietnam in 1968; and sister-in-law, Jane Cardinal.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.
Visitation was Friday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.
Pallbearers were Verla’s grandchildren, Jesse, Brian, James, Zach, Bobby and Nels. Honorary pallbearers were all of her other grandchildren.
The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.