|2/27/2013 9:38:00 AM|
Vera Langland, 86, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Windom, died Feb. 20, 2013, at Southridge Healthcare Center in Sioux Falls.
Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Arthur Miller officiating.
Special music will be provided by Colleen Ortmann, organist; and Laura Williams, vocalist.
Casket bearers will be Michael Galer, Matthew Galer, Ryan Galer, Verdeen Langland, Verlyn Langland and Austin Ludvigson.
Honorary bearers will be members of the Weslyn Circle and all of Vera's friends.
Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation will be he held today (Wednesday) from 3 to 6 p.m., at LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom and continue Thursday at the church for one hour prior to services.
Vera M. Soltau was born Aug. 16, 1926, to Henry and Sigrid (Beck) Soltau in Worthington. She was baptized in Worthington and later confirmed at First United Methodist Church in Windom.
Vera received her education in Windom Public Schools, graduating in 1944.
In 1948, Vera married Kenneth Langland at First United Methodist Church in Windom. Over the years, Vera worked at Olson Pharmacy in Windom and, after high school, the Chrysler-Plymouth car dealership in Windom for seven years. She was a teller at Windom Federal Savings and Loan before working in the Cottonwood County Highway Department office for 18 years, retiring in 1992.
In retirement, Vera and Ken continued living in Windom. After Ken's death in 2008, Vera remained in Windom until 2011 when she moved to Sioux Falls to be near her daughter.
She was diagnosed with bone cancer, received treatment and, after living with her daughter, moved to Southridge Healthcare Center in Sioux Falls.
Vera was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in Windom where she was a member of the Weslyn Service Guild and helped count money for several years before retiring in 2010.
She enjoyed gardening, doing volunteer work at the church, knitting, quilting, traveling with Ken and her son, Bruce, and, most of all, spending time with her grandsons and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Kenneth, Vera was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Langland; and a sister, Betty Bigbee.
Survivors include her daughter, Kay (Robert) Galer of Sioux Falls; three grandsons, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Vern Soltau of Windom; and two brothers-in-law, Chuck (Sandy) Langland of Windom and Sterling Bigbee of Sonora, Calif.