Vera L. Toepfer

Vera L. Toepfer of Hartford entered into eternal life Dec. 23, 2006 at the age of 104. She was born Oct. l4, 1902, the daughter of John and Lois Fassbinder, in Charles City, Iowa.

Vera married Leonard, her high school sweetheart, in 1922 and eventually moved to Madison where they spent their married life.

After Leonard died in 1965, she stayed in Madison until she moved to Hartford in 1995.

She lived at Wellington Place Assisted Living for over eight years. Vera had a great zest for life, family and her Catholic faith.

She was a charter member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona and St. Mary of the Hill, Holy Hill.

She was the loving mother of James (Suzanne) Toepfer of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Nancy Hutchison of Hartford and Kent (Elizabeth) Toepfer, Ocean Park, Wash. Dearest grandmother of Nancy (Scott) Willett, Diane (Forrest) Dykstra, Gregg (Diane) Gernetzke, Gail (Gregory) Ritzke, Jim (Debora) Hutchison, Anne (James) Dlugopolski and Mary (Michael) Smrz. Loving great-grandmother of Max, Katie, Jenna Willett; Laura, Will Dykstra; Heidi, Brent Ritzke; Paul, Leah Gernetzke; Bonniejean Zitzke, Kent, Evan Hutchison; Amanda, Julia Dlugopolski; and Matthew, Madison Smrz. She is also survived by nieces nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine (Gervase) Gernetzke; and her son-in-law, Bert Hutchison.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at Holy Hill, The Chapel of St. Therese, Level 2. Family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Hill on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Madison.

Memorials to West Bend-Heartland Hospice or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Special thanks to the staff at Wellington Place for their wonderful care, love and concern over the years and to Heartland Hospice for her care in her final months and days.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home in Hartford is serving the family.