Vernetta J. Bennett, age 78, of Manchester and formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at Nazareth Lutheran Church — Larsen Chapel, 7401 University Ave, in Cedar Falls with burial in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo.

Public visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, Waterloo and an hour prior to the services on Friday at the Church.

Vernetta was born Sept. 1, 1941 in Mandan, N.D., the daughter of Emil and Vivian (Sakrison) Jonson. Vernetta graduated from Flasher High School in Flasher, N.D. with the Class of 1959. She earned BA/BS degrees at Wartburg College in Waverly. Vernetta was united in marriage with Wendell Fredrick Bennett on May 27, 1967 in Charles City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 2017.

Vernetta taught school in Conrad and Blessed Sacrament and Jewett Elementary Schools in Waterloo. She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls and a former member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo. She loved to socialize and had several favorite past-times including word search puzzles, knitting, crafting and making jewelry.

Survivors include three sons, Bryan (Maureen) Bennett of Cedar Rapids; David (Tara) Bennett of Evansdale and Tim (Kristin) Bennett of Manchester; a daughter Patty (Jason) Chapman of Manchester; 19 grandchildren; one great grandchild and a brother, Vernon Jonson of Bismarck, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be directed to the Good Neighbor Home, 105 McCarren Drive, Manchester, IA 52057.

Condolences may be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com.

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