Verla Oehler Long, age 72, entered eternal peace after a long courageous battle with cancer and diabetes. Verla was born April 18, 1940 in Barnes, Kansas, Washington County. She was the daughter of Wilbert and Eula (Wohler) Oehler. She graduated from Barnes Rural High School in 1957.
She married Wilfried Hattesohl and they had two children. They were divorced. She later married Ralph A. Long III and they divorced.
Verla worked at Vio-Holda Mfg. Co. in Topeka and then moved to Clay Center, KS. She worked at S. W. Bell Telephone in Clay Center and then at Manhattan, KS. Verla also worked at R L Polk Publishing Co. until they closed. Then she worked at KSU in the Dept. of Agricultural Economics. She moved to Kansas City, MO in 1968 and went to work for American Hospital Supply – Baxter Healthcare and worked there for 27 years. They closed the building in 1995 and she retired. Verla then went to work for the Dept. of Labor as a contracted employee of CBSI/Titan and retired in 2005.
Her greatest pride and joy was being around her family, grandchildren and friends. She liked spending time on the computer, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She also liked to write poems for family and friends. She liked to travel when she could. Verla also enjoyed baking her famous banana bread for family and friends. She did a lot of home canning for them too. She learned how to be an excellent cook from her mother.
Verla was a member of the Platte Woods United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge #10 and The Women of the Moose, Chapter 1092 in Sugar Creek, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Norma and her husband Wayne Bergin, two nephews, David Ballard and Aaron Bergin. She is survived by her longtime companion, Harold “Sparky” Sparks; her children Jeffrey (Mary) Hattesohl, Jodi (Greg) Adams; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one step great grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters, Orpha (Loy) Carlson, Marilyn (Virgil) Ballard; a brother Orlin (Sandra) Oehler; many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. She will be missed by all.
A memorial service celebrating Verla’s life will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Platte Woods United Methodist Church with Sr. Pastor Steve Breon officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. A committal service will be held Saturday afternoon at Mt. Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Memories of Verla and condolences may be left with the family at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.