Verla M. Krahn, 95, of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Sept. 12, 2017, at Black Hawk Senior Residence.
She was born on Oct. 19, 1921, in Whitewater, daughter of the late Richard and Esther (Schuman) Haferman.
She was a member of the graduating Class of 1940 from Whitewater College High School.
She married the love of her life, Howard A. Krahn, on June 12, 1941, at her parents’ home in Whitewater. In 1950, they moved to Fort Atkinson where Howard built their family home.
They were blessed with six children, Gregory H. (Terry) of Brookfield, Steven R., Bruce S. (Dolores), Bradley D. (Sandy Peterson), Verla J. (Bradley’s twin who died at birth) and Lauri A. (Kevin) Long, all of Fort Atkinson.
Verla was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson.
She was a homemaker, first and foremost, who could sew, bake and cook like no one else.
She loved learning and often took classes at the local vocational school. Her family benefitted from homemade T-shirts, dresses, swimsuits, slippers and delicious soups.
Verla was a member of the Fort Atkinson Chapter of American Association of Retired Persons. She also spent many years volunteering as a receptionist at the local senior citizens center.
After moving into Black Hawk Senior Residence she often was asked to share her potato salad and deviled egg recipes, which she helped make and share with other residents.
Verla loved traveling, camping, and enjoyed time with her family, grandchildren and friends. She and Howard enjoyed many years of “card parties” where they played 500 or Pinochle with great friends.
Verla enjoyed taking her sisters and their husbands to her son and daughter-in-law’s cottage on French Lake in Mountain.
Verla is survived by her children; 11 grandchildren, Bryan Krahn, Tammy Krahn, Michael (Taryn) Krahn, Rebecca Krahn (Terris Clark), Michelle (Matt) Gottschalk, Brett (Melissa) Krahn, Nick Krahn, Amanda Krahn (Greg Doremus), Joshua Long, Matthew Long and Zoey Long (Andy Waag); and 15 great-grandchildren, Matt, Destiny, Jaden, Logan, Falyn, Cassius, Izaiah, Alyssa, Ellie, Ava, Kirah, William, Noah, Parker and Dominik.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at the Dunlap Memorial Home, 604 S. Main St. in Fort Atkinson. www.dunlapmemorialhome.com
Visitation will be on Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fort Atkinson Veterans of Foreign Wars or Disabled American Veterans, both of which Verla was a strong supporter.
A special thank you goes out to the caring staffs of Rainbow Hospice, the Black Hawk Senior Residence and Care Wisconsin. Your kindness and dedication to Verla greatly was appreciated by her family.