Funeral services celebrating the life of Vera Grack, age 97, of Arlington were held Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at First Ev. Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Officiating was Rev. Ronald Mathison. Serving as casket bearers were Hillard Grack, Lavern Grack, Jerome Grack, Sherwyn Spiering, Don Frauendienst and Loren Busse. Interment followed in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn.
Vera Marie Grack was born July 13, 1911 to William and Minnie (Proehl) Frauendienst in New Auburn Township. She was baptized July 16, 1911 by George Diemer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. Confirmation of her faith was made April 5, 1925 by Herman Diemer at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. Vera attended the Metcalf School through the eighth grade.
During her younger years she helped her parents care for the younger sisters and brothers. She shared her gift of music by serving as organist at the local church. She played hymns her entire life up until two weeks ago at home. In the 1920’s Vera and a girlfriend took a trip to Black Hills and Devil’s Tower. That was a big deal for those times.
On May 6, 1931 Vera was united in marriage with Fred J. Grack Jr. at Immanuel Lutheran in New Auburn by Pastor Hans Werner. This union was blessed with one daughter, Vernetta. After marriage they moved to Fred’s parent’s farm. This farm will be a century farm this year.
After their daughter’s marriage in 1950, Vera and Fred built a new house in New Auburn. Vera lived there until Fred’s untimely death in July 1960. She kept up her residence there until her son-in-law’s death in April 1988, when she moved back in with her daughter and where she remained until the time of her death.
Vera loved to garden, picking many raspberries through the years, sharing them with others. She helped her mother as she grew older, and they spent many hours together. Vera babysat her grand-daughter and later on great grandson. Vera made memorable vacations to Colorado, Florida and Hawaii. Other hobbies include knitting, crocheting pine-apple pattern doilies and other crafts. Later in life she really enjoyed the cardinals, finches, and orioles coming to the bird feeder and would remind her daughter if the feed was getting low. She also enjoyed collecting dolls. Shirley Temple was a favorite. Birthdays were always celebrated and brought loved ones together. Even when it wasn’t birthday time, great niece and nephew Barbara and Freddie would drop in with their precious children.
Vera was frugal, having been a product of the depression. She was quick to ask the cost of things. Vera suffered from asthma for decades.
She also had severe arthritic neck pain and digestive disorders which were challenging to treat. Vera’s mind was sharp to the very end. She was interested in what was going on in the world. She served as a telephone answering service in her daughter’s absence. But it came to the point the last few months that Vera became more weary and short of breath. Vera died peacefully in her sleep Friday, February 13, 2009 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services after several days of treatment for congestive heart failure.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; son-in-law, Arlund Brinkmann; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Albert Grack; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Alma Frauendienst, Walter and Joyce Frauendienst; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Spiering and Harold Klitzke. She was also preceded in death by all of her in-laws on the Grack side of the family.
Vera is survived by her daughter, Vernetta Brinkmann (special friend: Wilmer Boeder) of Arlington; grandchild, Verona Bussler (husband: Randy) of Glencoe; great-grandchild, Derek Bussler (wife: Lyndsay) of Richfield; sisters and brothers Frieda Spiering of Brownton, Martha Klitzke of Glencoe, Lorraine Frauendienst of New Auburn, Virgil Frauendienst (wife: Marian) of Glencoe; as well as other relatives and many friends.