Verna was born on June 9, 1929 in Tama, the daughter of Wayne and Ruth (Davis) Spire. Her family moved from Belle Plaine to a farm northeast of Montour in 1929. She attended rural school in Indian Village Township and graduated from Tama High School with honors in 1946. Verna attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls in the summers of 1946 and 1947. She taught school for three years in Highland Township, Rockford, Iowa, and Crystal Township schools.
On Feb. 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Omer F. Lacina in Montour. Verna farmed with Omer for 36 years souhteast of Montour. Omer passed away Aug. 29, 1985. She was previously employed by H & R Block in Tama for 12 years and managed Country Peddler's in Tama.
Verna was a member of Living Faith United Methodist Church Montour Center, UMW and previously had led the youth choir. She served on many church boards throughout the years. She was later the President of UMW at Living Faith in Tama. Verna was a member of Farm Bureau, serving as president of Indian Village Township in the 1960s. She was also a member of Tama County Farm Bureau Womens chorus for many years, where she served as music chairman. Verna served from 1974-1979 on the STC school board, being President for two years. She was President of BPW (Business Professional Women) from 1984-1986. Since 1995, Verna has served as chairman of the Oak Hill Cemetery Association in Tama.
Her hobbies included sewing, working in the fields, cooking and baking. She sold Stanley Home Products and Sara Coventry for many years. Verna enjoyed going to dances and playing cards with family, friends and neighbors. She was famous for her homemade pies and angel food cakes. Verna was an animal lover and enjoyed pets, especially her special lap cats. She also enjoyed entertaining in her home and spending time with family and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Wayne in 1974 and Ruth in 1995; husband, Omer in 1985; an infant sister, Jean and two sisters, Marian Manfull in 2007 and Evelyn Paxton in 2010.
Survivors include her children, Nancy (David) Hill, Marshalltown, James C. (Deb) Lacina, Tama, Jeffrey W. (Lori) Lacina, Olathe, Kan., and Donald R. (Annette) Lacina,Tama; one brother, Wayne Dean (Sue) Spire, Constantia, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.
Verna M. Lacina