Verna Amanda Glessing, age 94, of Howard Lake, was called to her eternal rest Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at her home.
She was born April 18, 1918, at McGregor, the daughter of Albert and Erena (Schultz) Reiter. Verna was baptized May 13, 1918, by Pastor R. Lehman at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, and confirmed in her faith at this same church April 12, 1931, by Pastor William Sutter.
Verna was married to Omar Glessing June 7, 1941, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by Pastor Eugene Seltz. This union was blessed with one son, Rolland.
Verna began her career at the Dassel State Bank, and furthered her banking profession at the Security State Bank of Howard Lake, holding the office of vice president, and serving on the board of directors.
She was active in her church and community. As a member of St. James, she served as the first secretary of the Walther League Youth Group, as an officer and member of the LWML, sang in the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher. In the community she was a member and officer of the Howard Lake Library Club, and volunteered at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Omar; parents, Albert and Erena Reiter; brothers Victor Reiter, Kenneth Reiter, Howard Reiter, and Donald Reiter; sisters Beaula Reiter and Erena Bakeberg; nephew Richard Reiter; and niece Erena Rae Frierich.
She is survived by her son, Rolland Glessing and wife Jean; grandchildren Dr. Brooke Baggenstos and husband Dr. Peter Baggenstos, and Peter Glessing; brother-in-law Lorren Glessing and wife Jean; sister-in-law Eva Glessing; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Monday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. Officiating at the celebration of her life were the Rev. Michael Nirva and Deacon David Taylor. Mae Wannarka served as pianist, and Nancy Butterfass as organist. The LWML sang “Beautiful Savior,” and soloist Marge Stueven sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers were Gregory Bakeberg, Allen Glessing, Neal Glessing, Marlin Diers, Richard Glessing, and Dr. Roger Handrich.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.