|Verna M. Runestad
Born: April 22, 1930 Died: September 30, 2017
Verna M. Runestad, 87, of Morris, passed away Saturday morning, September 30, 2017 at the Morris Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 07, 2017 at 11:00 am at Peace Lutheran Church in Morris with Rev. Luanne
Cantrell officiating. Inurnment will follow in West Lisbon Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 am until time of
service at the church.
She was born April 22, 1930 in Morris, the daughter of William and Jennie (Thompson) Hanson. She received her education in
the schools of Morris. Verna married Orliss Runestad on October 16, 1948 and were partners until his death in 2009. They lived
in surrounding communities. She worked at the original Silver Cross Hospital as a PBX operator and secretary to the director of
building and grounds and ACE Hardware Corp. in Oakbrook. Upon retirement she and her husband moved to Florida for 20
years returning to Morris in 2008.
She is survived by her son, Rodney (Mary) Runestad of New Canaan, CT; daughters, Marlyss Runestad of Aurora and Julie
(David) Blish of Elwood; four grandchildren, Dain, Kyle (Debbie), Bret (Ryan) Runestad and Lucia (Mason) Matthews; seven
great grandchildren, Gwendolyn, Atticus, Courtney and Zachary Runestad and Ryan, Kaeden and Ethan Matthews; numerous
nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Orliss “Ole”; son, Randy; great grandson, Gabriel Runstead; ten
brothers and five sisters.
She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Ruth Circle Bible Study. Verna enjoyed her family, sports, gardening
and volunteering at Morris Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or charity of your choice.
Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call the funeral
home at 815-942-0700.