Verna was born Feb. 20, 1928 in Massac County to Clarence and Alice Korte Brenningmeyer. She was baptized in the home of her parents on Feb. 24, 1928 by Rev. H. Wittke. She was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church on Aug. 23, 1942 by Rev. Henry Roloff. She was educated in Massac County schools, graduating from Metropolis Community High School in 1946.
Verna and Vernon Buldtman were married on June 15, 1947 at St. John Lutheran Church by Rev. F.A. Wittig. She then joined Zion United Church of Christ, where she was a faithful member. She served as an officer on several occasions of the Women’s Guild, taught Sunday school, Bible school, served as junior choir director and helped with the quilting,
She worked as secretary at Jefferson School for 26 years.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon Buldtman; her son, Robert Buldtman and companion Donna; her daughter, Rhonda Cowan and husband Jerry; four granddaughters, in which she took much pride and loved dearly, Amanda Shelby and Kristin, Sarah Buldtman, Maggie Haverkamp and Carrie Haverkamp; one great-grandson, who was the light of her life, Ethan Shelby; one sister, Frances Bremer; one brother, Wilson Brenningmeyer and wife Pat; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Clarence Brenningmeyer; one brother, Raymond Brenningmeyer; two sisters-in-law, Verneta Korte and husband Wilson and Velma Hilgeman and husband Lloyd; and one brother-in-law, Otis Bremer.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ with Dr. James Nelson officiating. Music was provided by Connie Hefner, organist.
Burial followed at Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mitch Bremer, Greg Stamme, Andy Stamme, Chris Cromeenes, Steve Korte, Monte Bremer and Michael Brenningmeyer. Honorary pallbearers were Mauri Forientine, David Brown and Jim Cole.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial/Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Miller Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.