Vera Irene Zimbelman was born August 12, 1930 in Goodrich, ND to Carl and Katie (Kessler) Zimbelman, the youngest of 9 children. When Vera was a young child, her family moved to McClusky where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1948. Vera attended Minot State Teachers College for a period of time; after which she taught in a Sheridan County country school and worked in various secretarial positions. Vera married Alan Wahl on December 19, 1954 in McClusky. They farmed near McClusky until 1996 when they moved to Hazen, ND and later settled in Fargo.
Vera’s favorite past-times included embroidery, baking, reading, and staying in touch with friends and family through handwritten letters. Her greatest joy was serving family and friends through a special meal, a kind word, a smile, or volunteering at Oak Grove Lutheran School and Bethel Church. Above all, she loved Jesus; her constant prayer was to honor Him with her life.
Vera died Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the age of 90 years and 11 months at Pioneer House Assisted Living in Fargo surrounded by family and under the care of Sanford Hospice.
Vera is survived by four children, Marietta Wahl (close friend Roger Minch) of West Fargo, Rebekah (Jeff) Meyers of Vicksburg, MI, Brent Wahl of Bismarck and Lanae (John) Doiron, Savage, MN; grandchildren, Clayton Meyers, Janaan Meyers, Joe Doiron (fiancée Sarah Johnson) and Nick Doiron; siblings, Adeline Kopf and Waldemar Zimbelman, sister-in-law Dorothy Zimbelman, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Frances Wahl, along with many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband on December 26, 2010, as well as by brothers Herbert, Robert, Orville, Carl, Hilmer, Ernest and Paul (in infancy).
Vera’s family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Mark Gitau and the staff at the Roger Maris Cancer Center for their compassionate care of Vera during her cancer journey; to the amazing staff of Pioneer House Assisted Living for the loving environment Vera lived in for the past 18 months, and to the Sanford Hospice Team for standing by Vera and her family on the last mile of her earthly journey.
Vera’s favorite colors were pink and red; she will be smiling in heaven to see friends and family wearing one of those colors the day of her funeral.
Memorials preferred to Oak Grove Lutheran School, Pioneer House Assisted Living, or Bethel Church.
Cards can be sent to Marietta Wahl, 846 Elmwood Place, West Fargo, ND 58078; condolences and memories can also be shared at westfuneralhome.com.
Funeral: Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11 AM at Bethel Church in Fargo with visitation one hour prior.
Burial: McClusky City Cemetery.
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