Vera W. Stahl
Vera W. Stahl, age 103, Rapid City, S.D., died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Westhills Village in Rapid City.
Vera W. Stahl was born October 18, 1911, near Milesville to Edgar and Ella May (Marvin) Watwood. She attended first and second grades in Philip and third through ninth grades in Haakon County. She graduated from Philip High School in 1929. She attended Black Hills Teachers College obtaining a state teaching certificate and later earned a bachelor of science degree. She taught 37 years in various schools.
She married Karl C. Stahl on June 25, 1934, in Philip. Due to her husband being an electrical engineer and working for two different power companies, they lived in Webster, Clark, Willow Lake, Hebron, Lemmon, Eureka and Hettinger, N.D. In 1994, she moved to Westhills Village in Rapid City.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in Hebron and Hettinger. Vera was also a member of Daughters of the Nile, GFWC, and past member of AAUW. Vera was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rapid City. She enjoyed playing golf, bridge and yahtzee. She also travelled extensively in the United States and around the world.
She is survived by five nieces, Betty Bierwagen of Lisbon, N.D.; Jeannine Ward and Arlyce Naeve of Rapid City, Ella Marie Braley, Ore., and Jeannie Stahl, Phoenix, Ariz.; two nephews, Don Watwood, Nemo, and Bill Stahl, Midland; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers and five sisters.
Graveside services with Eastern Star services were held Monday, June 1, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip, with Pastor Lauren Ley officiating.
Memorials have been established to Trinity Lutheran Church and Westhills Village Foundation.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com