Verona Fehlis of San Marcos, Texas, went to be with her Lord and to be reunited with her beloved husband Emmitt on Dec, 30, 2008. She was 85.
Verona was born July 15, 1923, to Frieda Schulle Germer and Fritz Germer, Sr., in Maxwell, Texas. Verona and her siblings – Martha, Fritz, Jr., and Leona – enjoyed their childhood growing up on the family farm in the Maxwell com
munity. As a young girl, Verona found special favor with a strapping young lad by the name of Emmitt Fehlis. After dating for over seven years, Verona and Emmitt were married on Sept.13, 1944, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, Calif., where Emmitt was serving with the United States Navy during World War II.
After the war Verona and Emmitt returned to Maxwell, where they purchased a farm and worked the land for 37 years. They retired from farming in 1982 and built a home in Lockhart, Texas. After Emmitt’s death in 2001, Verona remained in Lockhart until health issues forced a move in 2005 to Redwood Springs Assisted Living Facility in San Marcos, Texas. At the time of her death, Verona resided at Hays Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in San Marcos.
A graduate of Maxwell High School, Verona worked as a bookkeeper and held jobs in banking in California and Lockhart. She spent a number of years working as a Tax Examiner with the Internal Revenue Service in Austin, and retired from the IRS in 1985.
Verona was an active person. She enjoyed participating for several years in her birthday and bunco clubs. She was a faithful worker and member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Women of the Church, and as a church officer. She especially enjoyed quilting with her Aunt Hulda, her sisters, and other ladies of the community. They sewed countless quilts for their families and for Lutheran World Relief Verona was one of Ebenezer’s oldest continuous members, having been baptized Nov. 18, 1923, and confirmed March 21, 1937.
Verona and Emmitt loved to travel, both within and outside of Texas. Their grandchildren have fond memories of summer trips with them in Texas. Even after Emmitt’s death, Verona continued to attend her grandchildren’s various school activities. She took great pride in making scrapbooks of the newspaper accounts of their sporting events and spoke fondly of her trip to Disneyworld to watch her grandson’s basketball team participate in a national tournament.
Verona is survived by her son, Don and wife, Linda, of Buda, Texas. Surviving grandchildren include: Kelly Humphrey and husband, Eddie, of Temple, Texas; Thad Fehlis and wife, Julie, of Spring, Texas; and Kurt Fehlis, of College Station, Texas. Great-grandchildren include: Taylor and Rhett Humphrey of Temple. She is also survived by her sister, Leona Best, of Maxwell, sisters-in-law Emily Fehlis, of Georgetown, and Gerry Fehlis, of Lockhart; brother-in-law Baldwin Fehlis and wife, Betty, of San Antonio; and numerous nieces, nephews, great -nieces and great-nephews.
Verona was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt, who died on Oct. 13,2001; her sister, Martha; and her brother, Fritz, Jr.
When asked what inspired her most in life, Verona said that her faith in the Lord was the rock that brought her much comfort and peace. Her faith, her family, and her church especially sustained her during her husband’s silent battle with Alzheimers and her many health challenges that eventually took away the use of her legs.
A visitation was held at Eeds Funeral Home Chapel on Friday , Jan. 2, 2009, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., where family and friends were in attendance. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, with the Reverand Eddie Humphrey officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Thad Fehlis, Bruce Germer, Kurt Fehlis, Larry Lindsey, David Fehlis and Darrell Hess. Interment followed at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, Texas.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to either Ebenezer Lutheran Church or Central Texas Medical Center Hospice Care.
Arrangements with Eeds Funeral Home, 408 S. Main St., Lockhart, Texas. (512)-398-2343.