Vernis Haberichter

Vernis C. Haberichter, 89, of Waukon died Saturday, October 2, 2020 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser, Fr. Mark Osterhaus, Rev. Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg and Fr. Bernard Grady officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. In consideration of concerns regarding COVID-19, social distancing and wearing of masks is encouraged. Condolences can be sent to Sheri Rowe at 236 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, IA 50630. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Vernis Charles Haberichter was born October 8, 1930 in Monona, the son of Vern and Nora (Lenth) Haberichter. He graduated from Monona High School. Vernis joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving for two years as a company clerk. He served some time overseas in Mannheim, Germany and was discharged in 1954. Following his discharge, he moved back to the Waukon area and worked at the Volney Cheese Factory and Waukon Creamery.

June 1, 1957, he married Helen Jane Egan at St. Pius at Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry. Vernis farmed with the Baxters and owned and operated the Skelly Station with his brother-in-law, Harold Valley, for three years. In 1966, he started working for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1991. He then worked for the Votsmier family at Town and Country True Value Hardware and also at Allamakee Solid Waste and Recycling.

Vernis was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where he served as a greeter, usher and Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and NARFE. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, visiting with people, playing cards at church, and traveling to Branson, MO and the East Coast. Vernis and his family also took some family vacations to Florida and South Carolina. He was very devoted to his wife, Helen.

Survivors include his children: Richard Haberichter of West Des Moines and Sheri (Dean) Rowe of Fredericksburg; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Haberichter of Waukon; six grandchildren: Reggie (Beth) Rowe, Elizabeth (Marty) Kass, Kelly (Stephen) Lines, Stephanie (Kevin) Eslick, Jarod (Molly) Haberichter and Jonathan (Emily) Haberichter; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence (Judy) Haberichter of Volney; a sister-in-law, Rose Ella Valley of Waukon; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen, who died in 2015; a son, Thomas, who died in 2014; one infant grandson, Shawn Haberichter; a sister in infancy; and a brother, Harold Haberichter.

Honorary casketbearers are Stephanie Eslick, Emily and Molly Haberichter, Elizabeth Kass, Kelly Lines, Beth Rowe, and Vernis’ great-grandchildren. Casketbearers are Reggie Rowe, Jarod and Jonathan Haberichter, Kevin Eslick, Stephen Lines and Marty Kass.

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