Saturday, September 29, 2001
Velma Rose (Ireland) Gebauer, 86, a longtime Akron resident, passed away Sept. 23, 2001, at the Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan.
Velma was born July 16, 1915, near Sedgwick to Joseph Otto and Laura Francis (Galvin) Ireland on the family homestead.
She attended school in Sedgwick and Akron. The family moved to a farm southwest of Akron when Velma was a teenager.
In 1934 Velma was united in marriage to Louis John Gebauer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Akron by the Rev. Father William Coyne. They lived on their farm southwest of Akron where they raised their one son, David and three daughters, Charlotte, Mary and Jeanette. In 1963, they moved to Akron. Louis passed away Sept. 15, 1980, and Velma remained in their home until her death.
Velma was a member of St. Joseph's Church and was active in Altar and Rosary Society for many years. She played the organ and sang in the choir. She enjoyed her many friends and neighbors and especially enjoyed playing in several card clubs.
Velma always enjoyed her family and was very fond of visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed feeding anyone who entered her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis; two brothers and five sisters, Gladys Ireland, Clarence Ireland, Mary Ireland, Elmer Ireland, Nora Violet Gebauer, Ruby Lawler and Dorothy Grace St. Louis; son-in-law, Dick Walton and granddaughter-in-law, Vickie Gebauer.
She is survived by a son, David Gebauer and wife Beverly of Longmont; three daughters, Charlotte Kumor and husband, Leon, of Grant, Neb., Mary Sybrandt and husband, Van, of Steamboat Springs and Jeanette Walton of Johnston; 11 grandchildren, David (Tony) Gebauer, Douglas Kevin Gebauer, Daniel Gebauer, Dianna Arrington, Ronald Kumor, Maureen Johnson, Michael Sydbrandt, Victoria Manalabe, Mary Lee Walton, Eric Walton and Larry L. Walton; 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Ranch of Moab, Utah; two sister-in-laws, Lillian Jenik and Rosie Walton; three brothers-in-law, John Gebauer and wife Betty, Carl Gebauer and wife Geraldine and Albert Gebauer; numerous other family members and a host of friends.
A rosary service was held at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, 2001 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Akron. Casketbearers included her grandsons and honorary bearers were her granddaughters. Interment followed in St. Joseph Cemetery with Brenner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
A memorial has been established in her memory to St. Joseph's Catholic Church or to the donor's choice.