Verona Dobberfuhl, 91
Jan. 26, 1923 -- Jan. 10, 2015
Verona Dobberfuhl (nee Boehlke) was born in Germantown on Jan. 26, 1923, to Arnold and Esther Boehlke (nee Ernst). She was baptized at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church-Freistadt by the Rev. H. C. Wehrs. She was confirmed there also by Pastor Wehrs.
On Aug. 7, 1943, Verona Boehlke married Elmer Dobberfuhl, a fellow member of Trinity. Pastor Wehrs performed that ceremony in German.
By this time, her husband, Elmer, was teacher and principal of a Christian Day School in Detroit, a school that he had started, so Verona moved to Detroit.
In Detroit, Verona was very active in her congregation, teaching Sunday School, helping pupils with special needs in the Christian Day School and serving at various times as a committee member, a board member or as an officer of a guild or other congregational group. She also gave many hours of volunteer service to the church and school offices.
In 1949, her husband Elmer accepted a call as professor of education at Concordia Teachersí College, Seward, Neb. At Concordia, Verona was active in faculty organizations and with faculty wivesí activities.
While at Seward, the familyís third and youngest son, Kent, was born brain injured. The serious complications from that brain injury made doctors in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.
recommend Kentís care to Dr. Walter Blount in Milwaukee. This move brought Verona and family back to Trinity Freistadt, where they have maintained membership ever since.
Since 1954, Verona has been very active in organizations and programs that help developmentally disabled persons. Over the years she has served as a group member, committee member, board member and officer, including chairperson of at least six organizations, some of which were on the federal level, some on the state level, some on the Washington County level and some on the Germantown community level.
Verona was instrumental in establishing the Germantown Group Home on Main Street, which opened in 1974. For 31 years, Verona had driven developmentally disabled persons, many in wheelchairs, to over 10 different schools for Riteway Bus Service of Richfield.
Verona Dobberfuhl died on Jan. 10, 2015, to enter the Church Triumphant.
Verona was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1997. She is survived by her sons, Allan of Germantown, Darryl (Gail) of Reston, Va., and Kent of West Bend; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jimmy) Flynn of Arlington, Va., Sarah (Bernardo) Gutierrez of Wauwatosa and Amy (Eric) Huber of Menomonee Falls; great-grandchildren, Alejandro, Johnnie, June and Dean; brothers, Norman Boehlke of Germantown and Donald (Eshter) Boehlke of Germantown. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Ev.Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon.
Interment will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to United Cerebral Palsy (UCP.org) or Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church are appreciated.
For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.