Vera L. Vietzke

GLADSTONE – Vera L. Vietzke, 77, of 6 Park Ave., Gladstone, passed away Wednesday evening, July 30, 2014, at the Christian Park Health Care Facility in Escanaba due to complications of congestive heart failure and C.O.P.D. Vera was born Aug. 6, 1936, in Escanaba, the daughter of Norrie and Anna Linnea (Johnson) Holmlund. She was raised in Ensign and graduated from Rapid River High School, class of 1954. Vera was united in marriage to Henry E. Vietzke Sr. on Feb. 11, 1956, at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. Together the couple made their home in Rapid River where they raised their seven children. Vera was the proud owner of the Dew Drop Inn Cafe in Gladstone for 28 years. Prior to buying the Dew Drop, Vera worked for nearly 10 years making many amazing wedding cakes. She was a 4-H and Brownie leader for several years and loved to cook, bake, sew, and make ceramics. Vera was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and rarely missed watching a game. Vera always made Christmas a special time at her home where she loved “The Big Meal.” She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include: sons, Henry (Donna) Vietzke Jr. of Gladstone and Eric (Canda) Vietzke of Chillicothe, Ohio; daughters, Sonya (Paul) Marvin of Haslett, Mich., Cara (Don) Brockway of Rapid River, Alison (Daniel) Furton of Mason, Mich.; sisters, Pam Smeester of Rapid River, Mary Ann LaVigne of Rapid River, Joan Richer of Gladstone, Peggy Berglund of Rapid River, Betty (Harvey) Setter of Gladstone, Carol (Dennis) Sabo of Gladstone; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Henry; daughters, Tina McGeary and Joelle Vietzke preceded Vera in death.

Vera’s family will receive friends on Saturday Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Vera L. Vietzke will follow at 3 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River with Rev. Chris Johnson and Rev. Bruce Thorsen officiating. Luncheon will follow in the Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Henry in the Rapid River Cemetery. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting Vera’s family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions in memory of Vera may be directed to Toys for Tots. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Vietzke family.