Obituaries

Verla Jeanne Schneider Lewis 1923 - 2009

Memorial services for Verla Jeanne Schneider Lewis, 85, Eudora, were pending on Tuesday at Medicalodges Eudora.
Mrs. Lewis died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in Jackson, Minn., the daughter of William and Ella Thomssen Schneider. She grew up on the family farm in Jackson. She attended Mankato State Teachers College in Mankato, Minn.
Mrs. Lewis was a homemaker and mother of 10 children. She enjoyed quilting, crochet and handcrafts of all kinds. She enjoyed nature and spending time with her children and their families.
She married Robert “Bob” Lewis on Aug. 6, 1944, in Carbondale, Ill. They were married 62 years. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include seven sons, Gregory J., Carbondale, Ill., Stephen W. and wife Lorel and James R. and wife Nancy O’Connor, all of Lawrence, David C. and wife Mona, Livingston, Mont., Timothy P. and wife Julia, Morrison, Colo., Andrew M. and wife Juda, Baldwin City, and Matthew T. and wife Maggie Carpenter, Brooklyn, N.Y.; three daughters, Constance L. Culbertson and husband Roy, Belleville, Ill., Nancy L. Ward and husband Dan, Weaverville, N.C., and Marsha L. Sebek and husband Jeff, Chicago; a brother, Irvin Schneider and wife Mary, Minneapolis-St. Paul; 24 grandchildren, Elizabeth Knightly, Molly Rasmussen, Elizabeth Rulifson, Gabe and Isaac Lewis-O’Connor, Roy III, Julie and Ryan Culbertson, Autumn and Gretchen Ward, Matthew, Noah, Zachary and Jason Sebek, and Bayard, Benard, Valerie, Jacob, Joshua, Emily, Jalon, Aeron, Julian and Zoe Lewis; and seven great-grandchildren, Emma and Lorel Rodgers, Kristina, Nikolas and Jack Rasmussen, and Raymond and Rose Rulifson.
The family suggests memorials to Lawrence Public Library or Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care.
Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com.