Vera Nissen, age 90, died peacefully on January 22nd at the Midwest City Nursing Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. 6th St. in Vinton, with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:00 AM until service time on Saturday.
Vera was born June 7, 1922 in Benton County at the home of her parents, Edward and Bertha Urmy Krug. She attended Homer No.3, graduated from Dysart High School, and married Elmer Nissen on February 17, 1947. Vera was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
She was known for her baking - anyone who stopped by her home knew they could expect something special to eat. She took pride in decorating her home with handmade flower arrangements and decorations. Vera helped prepare and serve events at the Vinton Country Club for fourteen years and was a housekeeper to many in Vinton, and commented often about the kindness the homeowners showed her over the years.
While in Oklahoma City for Christmas in 1996, Vera suffered a major stroke, which left her left arm and leg paralyzed. She spent many months afterwards in therapy but was unable to recover and return to Iowa, though she never stopped talking of her desire to return to her home, her family, and her friends that she so loved back in Iowa.
Survivors include her children, Brenda (Larry) Friday, of Oklahoma City, Susan (Michael) Heffron, of Oklahoma City and Don (Karen) Nissen of Columbus, Indiana; grandchildren Corey (Kim) O'Deen of Cedar Rapids, Graham Nissen of Columbus, great-grandchild Maggie Rose O'Deen, brother Ervin (Darlene) Krug, sister-in-law Nadine Krug, many nieces and nephews, and former-son-in-laws, Rocky O'Deen and Mike Davis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, grandson Saul Nissen, and brothers, Gale, Marvin, and Kenny Krug.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Vinton Public Library, 510 2nd Avenue, Vinton, Iowa 52349.
Condolences may be left at: www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com