Vera Schmidt Zens, 93, of Miller, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Miller with Pastor Max Miller officiating. Burial will be G.A.R. Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2015 followed by a 7:00 p.m., prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller.
Vera Hope was born July 29, 1921, to William and Minnie (Lorenz) Mowry at Rockham, South Dakota. Vera graduated from Rockham High School and went on to do clerical work in Potter County. In 1941, she married Freddie Albert Schmidt. Her highest priority was her family. She farmed with Freddie in northern Hand County and was a very supportive “farm wife”. They retired and moved to Miller in 1974 where they enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing bridge, and visiting with friends until Freddie’s death in February of 1988. In 1992, she married Norbert Zens. They enjoyed many years of being snow birds in the winter, gardening, and fishing in the summer until Norbert’s death in February 2010.
Most grateful to have shared in her life are her three children: Sharla (Scott) Worthen of Boise, ID, Mavis (Larry) Johnson of Huron, and Daryl (Sandra) Schmidt of Rockham; step-son, Roger (JoAnn) Zens and family of Miller; grandchildren: Michael Johnson of Boise, ID, Terri (Tyler) Woodland of Boise, ID, Mark Johnson of Boise, ID, Leslie (Jon) Dehne of Shakopee, MN, David Johnson of Huron, Jay (Vicki) Stenslie of Maple Grove, MN, Tamara (Mark) Morehouse of Parkston, Toni Schmidt of Mitchell, Trinity (Darin) Hunter of Miller, and Billie Schmidt of Wessington; 25 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Ruth Neu; sisters-in-law, Arlene Mowry and Argie Joyce Buss; and brothers-in-law, Milton Schmidt and Don Bottom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Freddie Schmidt and Norbert Zens; brother, Ruben Mowry; sister, Blanche Neu; and many in-laws.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Vera’s arrangements.