Velma Alberta (Reuter) Waefler
Velma Alberta (Reuter) Waefler, age 90, of Oregon, Wis., passed away on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, after a short battle with cancer.
Born on Oct. 18, 1926, to parents Elizabeth Rose and William Reuter, her early years were confusing for a child and she was raised by her grandparents, Elizabeth and Fred Schindler. On Valentine’s Day 1944, she married Walter Waefler in New Glarus. They were a good match for each other with Walt’s easy going demeanor providing a balance to her strong personality.
Always hard working, they farmed for 13 years until they moved to Oregon in 1957, and established Walter Waefler Builders. This was a true family business and Velma often helped with finish work on the worksites of the sturdy, affordable homes they built. She and Walt enjoyed playing cards, camping with the Jolly Jaycos, square dancing and travelling with special trips to Switzerland where they connected with their heritage. In the late 1960’s, Velma established a ceramic business which was a good outlet for her artistic creativity. That business evolved into VW Dolls. She was awarded many blue ribbons for her beautiful porcelain dolls and she taught this craft to many in the area. Velma loved speaking her mind, the feeling of the sun, a beautiful garden, the color pink and a well-kept home. She was a member of the People’s United Methodist Church of Oregon and also enjoyed time at the Oregon Senior Center.
Velma is survived by four children, Linda (Don) Tapp, Larry (Sue) Waefler, Diane (Richard) Steffensen and Debbie Robson (Brad Behnke); ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; half-siblings, Norman Rose, Mabel Hollenberger, Peggy Burton and Marcella Burback; along with her loyal friend and caregiver, Karen Baker; and many other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two half-brothers, Richard and Arnold Rose; and a son-in-law, John Robson.
Thank you to Agrace HospiceCare for providing care delivered with dignity and to the many friends who stopped by to offer their support in the past couple weeks. Always one to get the last word, it was Velma’s desire to celebrate her life through a private family gathering to be planned at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Peoples United Methodist Church in Oregon or the Oregon Senior Center.
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