Verona Karboviak, 89, Lancaster, Minn., passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center.
Verona Mary Decker was born Sept. 10, 1930, to Muriel (Milton) and Matthew Decker in Havana, N.D. The family moved to Bemidji, Minn., where Verona attended school and grew to womanhood. Upon graduation she took a job with the telephone company as a switchboard operator, Verona attended St. Philip’s Catholic Church where she met Frances Karboviak. Frances set Verona up on a blind date with her little brother John, who was in town working for a logging company.
Their first date led to an eternity of love and they married in 1950. To this blessed union came six children: Danelle Miller (Dave), Hallock; Monica (Mark) Roczniak, Golden Valley; Maurus (Evelyn) Karboviak, Sauk Rapids; Brian (Clarice) Karboviak, Drayton, N.D.; Tom (Missy) Karboviak, Lancaster and Earl, who resides on the family’s heritage farm in rural Lancaster.
Verona loved living on the farm where she worked along side John managing their small dairy herd as well as beef cattle, chickens, pigs and sheep. Verona worked several campaigns at American Crystal Sugar in Drayton, and retired in 1995 from Motor Coach Ind. where she worked for 20 years.
Verona was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Rosary Society, she taught Sunday school and hosted many nuns at her home during summer catechism.
Verona enjoyed going out on the town, especially for Halloween, always dressed in a costume, she would stroll through the party without saying a word … just to keep the others guessing.
She loved flowers and birds, making sure their feeders were fresh and full. B-I-N-G-O was another favorite as well as an occasional trip to the casino. Verona was part of the local coffee crew and would shake dice with her lady friends to see who paid.
Living across from the school afforded her to take in all the activities, she would use the halls to walk, go to ball games, plays, musicals and have coffee with the cooks! She was famous amongst her family for her caramel rolls and Canadian mints. Verona was a gem and will be missed by many. May there be much green grass in Heaven for her to mow!
Verona is survived by: her children; brother, Duane; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by: her parents; her husband, John; brothers, Earl and Don; sisters, Rose, Bev and Betty; and granddaughter-in-law, Jenny Karboviak.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, rural Lancaster at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service
In lieu of flowers or memorials to the family please consider a donation to a Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter Alzheimer’s Association.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements. www.austinfuneralchapel.com