Verna Ochsner

Verna Ochsner, 95, of Ipswich peacefully passed to the Lord at Avantara Ipswich on December 20, 2020.

Pastor Timothy Daub officiated the funeral at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Zion Lutheran Church. Interment will be at the Ipswich City Cemetery.

Verna (Reimer) Ochsner was born in a sod house, just south of Zeeland, N.D., on August 9, 1925. Verna was born as the second of five children to Ed C. and Pauline (Kiepke) Reimer. As a result of the Great Depression economy, Verna attended high school in Roscoe, boarding with her aunt, and graduated at age 16. Upon graduation, she attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen receiving her teachers' certificate. Verna taught in a one room school house in rural Herreid. She met Ruben, just out of the Navy, got engaged at the Mobridge Sitting Bull Stampede rodeo, and they were married October 6,1946. They farmed near Herreid.

In 1949 they relocated to a farm south of Ipswich where they lived until retirement in 1986. Verna enjoyed and participated in all aspects of the farm work: milking cows, driving equipment, gardening, and general farm labor.

As a faithful Christian, Verna was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church leading Sunday School classes for many years, and always actively participating in the Ladies' Aid. She actively supported all family activities including school activities, sports, and 4-H. Verna loved social gatherings such as family reunions and church functions.

Survivors include five sons, Allan (Shelley) Ochsner of Aberdeen, Larry (Becky) Ochsner, Ft. Worth, Tex., Ray (Denise) Ochsner, of Fargo, Rod (Lynette) Ochsner of Watertown, Chuck (Roxanne) Ochsner of Las Vegas, Nev .; and one daughter, Lori Boettcher of Ipswich; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Verna was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years; one daughter, Linda; her parents; three brothers; and one sister.

Gramm Funeral Home, Ipswich, has been entrusted with arrangements.


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