Verona Valeta Terveen was born Sept. 18, 1922 in Emery to John and Martha (Heitzman) Weber at the home of her maternal grandmother. She attended rural schools southwest of Emery and graduated from Emery High School in 1940. On September 30, 1940 she married her childhood sweetheart, Engelbert (Bert) Terveen at her family’s home. They lived on the Terveen family farm until 1980 when they moved to Emery. After Bert’s death in 2005, she moved to Trail Ridge Retirement Center, Sioux Falls.
Verona accepted Jesus as her Savior at a young age and was baptized by Rev. E. Gutsche in 1933, becoming a member of Plum Creek Baptist Church, rural Emery. After her marriage she became a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years, was active in Kings Daughters and WMF. She also taught the “Cubbies” in the Awana program. She gave time and resources to the Sioux Falls Seminary over many years. Family was precious to her, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, nieces and nephews recall many happy times spent on the farm and later in Emery. Hospitality was very important to Verona, many family and friends spent time around the table with conversation and delicious foods. She had many requests for one of her specialties, kuchen.
She is survived by son Lyle (Elaine) Terveen, Sioux Falls; daughter, Merry Bleeker, Pierre; son Kent (Renee’) Terveen, Goodyear, AZ; son Loren (Julie) Terveen, Minneapolis; seven grandchildren: Kevin, Scott, Mark (Heidi) Terveen, Melissa (Tom) Anawski, Karl Bleeker, Angela Terveen, Elizabeth Terveen, eight great-grandchildren, sisters, Doris Swanson, Sioux Falls; Marian Phillips, Camarillo, CA; LouAnn (Sam) Warner, Loveland, CO and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, a brother, two grandchildren, a son-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Although Verona will be missed deeply, we feel blessed and enriched to have shared in her gentle life seasoned with her love for God and her loving spirit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sioux Falls Seminary
or Sanford Hospice Cottages in Sioux Falls.