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Vernetha P. Speer

October 25, 1927 ~ November 15, 2020 (age 93)


Vernetha P. Speer, 93, of Basco, passed away at her home Sunday, November 15, 2020, at 11:26 AM.

Vernetha was born October 25, 1927, the daughter of Richard and Mattie (Fink) Wichman at their home in Basco.  She attended Basco school and graduated from Elvaston High School.   On January 12, 1947, she was united in marriage to Leland Speer at the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco.  He preceded her in death in 2008.  Vernetha enjoyed sewing, yard sales, cooking.  She also enjoyed gardening and especially flowers.  She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.  She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco.

Vernetha is survived by three children, David Speer, Mark Speer, and Deborah (Mike) Symmonds, all of Basco; grandchildren, Eric Speer, Aaron (Denise) Speer, Whitney Speer, Trista (Daniel) Denning, Jennifer (Dustin) Roskamp and Nathan Symmonds; great grandchildren, Morgan (Austin) McDonald, Logan, Cole and Caleb Speer, Taylynn, Hayslee and Mayven Denning and Lawson and Levah Roskamp; a great great grandchild, Raylee McDonald; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leland; a daughter, Beverly Greenhagen; two sons in infancy; and two sisters, Delores Vance and Alvina Ancelet.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church near Basco with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. Monday evening at Printy Home in Carthage.  Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Printy Funeral Home of Carthage is in charge of arrangements.

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November 23, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Printy Funeral Home
405 Cherry Street
Carthage, IL 62321

Funeral Service
November 24, 2020

10:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Basco)

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