Verna M. Fralkick

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Verna M. Fralick, 92, of Glen Haven, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born Aug. 16, 1926, in rural Glen Haven, the daughter of Bernard and Cecelia (Walz) Ertel. Verna attended the Consolidated School in Bloomington Township and St. Mary’s School in Glen Haven, before going on to graduate from Bloomington High School in 1944. On Oct. 20, 1945, Verna married Floyd “Bud” Fralick at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven. Throughout her life, she was a nurse aide during WWII, and worked at St. Mary’s School in Glen Haven and Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Help of Christians Parish and an active member of their Altar Society. Verna was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and helped at local fire department fundraisers. 

Verna is survived by her children: Nancy (Bob) Ostrander, Chuck Fralick, Kris Thomsen and John (Marie) Fralick; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters Doris (Leo) O’Neil and Phyllis (Albert Sr.) Ertz; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ertel; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Verna was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd “Bud,” and a brother, Pat Ertel.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven with Fr. John Meinholz officiating. Burial will be in the Gockel Cemetery, Glen Haven. A public celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall in Glen Haven. In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glen Haven. The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Bloomington is entrusted with her services. 

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