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Geneva Vesterby

Funeral services for Geneva Vesterby of Chokio will be held Monday, July 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chokio. Reverend Ben Johnson will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Chokio Lutheran Cemetery in Chokio.

Geneva Lorraine Zimmerman daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Trost) Zimmerman was born Sept. 27, 1912 in Chokio. She was baptized on Nov. 26, 1912 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Johnson where she was later confirmed on April 10, 1927. Geneva grew up in Chokio and graduated from Chokio High School and after attended Morris Agriculture School. On Dec. 29, 1942 Geneva was united in marriage to Vernon J. Vesterby. The couple made their home in Chokio where Geneva worked for Moffat Motor Co., Trost Motors, and the Chokio Clinic. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29, 1992.

Geneva enjoyed playing cards, especially smear. She was also an avid gardener, and loved to watch the Twins play on TV. She was an active member of WELCA, and a member of the senior center.

Geneva died on Friday July 23, 2010 at the Courage Cottage in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 97 years.

She is survived by one sister: Evelyn Leuthard of Chokio. Three sisters-in-law: Ruth Zimmerman of Chokio, Fern Zimmerman of Chokio and Shirley Moerer of Wheaton as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and two brothers: Harvey Zimmerman and Alvin Zimmerman.

Pallbearers for the service are: Daryl Zimmerman, Gary Zimmerman, Keith Zimmerman, Kevin Zimmerman, Kerry Zimmerman and Jim Messano. Audrey Erickson will serve as organist for the service. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.

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