Verna R. McWaters, age 93, of Zumbrota, died on Friday, July 05, 2019, at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota with Pastor Wayne D. Schoch officiating. Private family burial will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Verna Ruth Horn was born on April 12, 1926, in Eden Township, Brown County, to Rev. Paul E. and Eugenie (née Luethe) Horn. Verna was baptized on May 9, 1926. As a baby, her family moved to Zumbrota. She grew up in Zumbrota and graduated from Zumbrota High School in 1943. Verna was the Homecoming Queen and Zumbrota Fire Queen and this qualified her to participate in the Fire Queen Pageant at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.
Verna continued her education in Minneapolis, earning an associate degree in Laboratory Technology. Verna worked at Gunderson Clinic in La Crosse, Wis., until her marriage on June 5, 1948, to Duane "Babe" McWaters at Christ Lutheran Church in Zumbrota. They made their home on the McWaters family farm. Verna was a farm homemaker and raised her six children there, later working as a legal secretary.
Verna was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Minnesota Vikings and Gophers. She also enjoyed watching any exciting football game and the PGA. Verna loved to do crossword puzzles and did two every day. She enjoyed beating her children at gin rummy and playing cards with her friends.
Verna is survived by her children, Rev. Jerome (Carol) McWaters of Northfield, Jo Ellen (William) Mahn Siemers of Northfield, Dennis McWaters of Zumbrota, Peter (Emily) McWaters of Zumbrota, William (Karen) McWaters of Rochester and Kristine (Douglas) Ryan of Oronoco; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Duane "Babe"; brothers, Commander Marcus Horn and wife Florence and Rev. Gerhard Horn and wife, Alice; sisters, Leona Borgschatz and husband Elmer and Doris Young and husband Kenneth; son-in-law, Gene Mahn and daughter-in-law, Shirley Burdick-McWaters.
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.
Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota.