Verna Mae Retland

Verna Mae Retland, age 87, of Fremont

Died Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Dunklau Gardens


Verna was born November 2, 1932 in Arispe, Iowa to Clyde and Helen (O’Riley) Wilkie.  She was raised in Quincy, Iowa.  She married Harold Retland on November 25, 1951.  After their marriage the couple farmed in Adams County, Iowa until moving to Fremont in the early 1950’s.  After moving to Fremont, Verna spent her early years raising her family.  After the children were older she worked for Dr. Beach and at The General Store.


Verna had been a member of the First Baptist Church.  She was a resident of Dunklau Gardens for the last four years, she enjoyed group activities and socializing with the other residents and staff.



Daughters – Pam (Gary) Pettitt of Fremont

Linda (Chuck) Cochrane of Elkhorn

Grandchildren – Rachel (Parker) Albaugh

Sydney and Cameron Cochrane

Sister-in-law – Janice Wilkie of Fremont

nieces and nephews


Verna was preceded in death by her husband Harold in March of 2019, brother Clyde Wilkie and sister Wanda Ross.


Graveside services will be Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2pm in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.  Visitation will begin at 1pm Friday at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel, masks are required.  Memorials may be directed to the family.


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