Verlynn I. Burdick, 79

Verlynn I. Burdick, age 79, of Hector passed away Friday, May 15, 2020, at River Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Redwood Falls.

Verlynn Iris was born Aug. 6, 1940, to Arthur and Ethel (Degner) Schwantes in New Ulm. She was baptized and confirmed as a Lutheran. She grew up in Wabasso, and graduated from Wabasso High School.

Verlynn married Gordon Burdick and together they raised a daughter, Vicky, and a son, Daniel.

While Verlynn was in high school, she was the Majorette and led the Wabasso School Band when they marched in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Torchlight Parade.

She worked at 3M in Hutchinson for 10 years. After having kids, she was a Cub Scout Den Mother, and taught baton for many years. She was a volunteer board member at the Clothing Depot. She tap danced and played music for nursing homes. She loved to make people happy.

Verlynn had a strong faith in God. She always thought of others before herself and she was kind to everyone. She was giving of her time, her money, and her friendship. She loved her friends and enjoyed having coffee with them. She also loved animals and always fed the birds, squirrels, and rabbits in the yard. She played the autoharp, accordion, and loved polka and country music.

We hope her legacy will be to always do your best, be kind to everyone, and that giving to others is always the right thing to do.

Verlynn is survived by her husband; Gordon, of Hector; daughter, Vicky Burdick of St. Paul and son, Daniel (Stephanie) Burdick of St. Cloud; grandsons, Dawson and Gabriel Burdick; granddaughters, Charlotte and Mallory Burdick; sister-in-law, Doris Schwantes. She is also survived by many loving friends.

Verlynn was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Ethel Schwantes; brother, Harlan Schwantes and grandson, Tyler Burdick.

A private family memorial service was held at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Services in Redwood Falls. Email condolences may be sent via www.nelson-hillestad.com.

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