|Verna K. Moret|
ESSEX-Verna K. Moret (nee Kroese), 81, of Essex, IL, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home in Joliet, IL from esophageal cancer. Verna was born Jan. 9, 1933 in Hull, IA, the second of four children born to William and Minnie (nee TeSlaa) Kroese. She was educated in Hull and graduated from Western Christian High with the class of 1950. Upon her graduation, she worked at Northwestern Bell in Hull. She married Leroy James "Bud" Moret Dec. 8, 1952 at the Christian Reformed Church in Hull while he was on leave from the USAF, having returned from Korea. Together, they made their home at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY and later at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, AZ. Following Bud's honorable discharge from the USAF they returned to Iowa. There, Bud drove truck, farmed and was instrumental in building a dehydrating plant in Sheldon, IA while Verna worked for Northwestern Bell in Sheldon. In 1964, they moved to Nebraska where Bud became assistant manager at the dehydrating plant in Lexington and Verna continued her career at Northwestern Bell.
Shortly thereafter, Bud was retained to get a dehydrating plant up and running in Winside, NE. Upon his completion of that plant, they moved their family to Custer Park, IL in 1965, at which time Bud became the manager of Prairie Creek Farms dehydrating plant in Elwood, IL. Shortly thereafter, Bud and Verna suffered the loss of two children, Mary Kaye Moret in 1965, at the age of two months, from meningococcemia and James Allan Moret, 13 in 1967 due to injuries suffered in a farm equipment accident. Bud passed away in 1969 at the age of 36 from a short bout with pancreatic cancer.
Following his death, Verna pursued a degree in accounting. She graduated from Joliet Junior College in 1972 with an associate in applied science degree and continued on to earn a bachelor's degree with a major in accounting in 1973 from Lewis University in Lockport, IL.Upon her graduation, she was recruited by Northern Illinois Gas Company in Aurora, IL where she worked her way through the ranks attaining the position of Division Accountant, Assistant Secretary, Office of Financial Vice President and Secretary, General Manager, General Supervisor of Financial Accounting and Assistant Controller. While working at the gas company, Verna earned her Certified Public Accountant Certificate and continued her education earning a master of business administration degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.
In 1978 Verna suffered the devastating loss of a third child, Steven Jay Moret, 11, killed by an auto passing the school bus he was deboarding. Three years later, Verna accepted the position of controller for NICOR Exploration in Denver, CO and lived in Evergreen, CO for the next 23 years. Following her retirement from NICOR, she attained her securities and insurance licenses and worked in that field until moving back to Illinois in 2004 to be near her daughters and their children. She made her home in Essex, IL.
Verna was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, IL and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Evergreen, CO. She had previously served the churches in many capacities, including being a Sunday School teacher and choir member. Verna was a skilled seamstress and quilter. Many family members and friends are the recipients of her intricate, precise work. She enjoyed watching nearly any sport on television but was most interested in political shows and the stock market reports. She thoroughly enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, cooking, and playing cards. Her most precious memories were times spent with all the members of her immediate and extended family and friends during their visits to her while living in Colorado and Illinois. Those times were truly special to her.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Roger Patterson of Braidwood, IL and Charita and Dan Dillon of Essex; five grandchildren: Christopher (Christine) Patterson and their children, Alexandria, Isaac and Steven, Sara (Joshua) Foote and their children, Lucas and Mackenzie, Jamie (Konnie) Hinich and their children, Keagan, Hayley and Jelena, Erin Hinich and her daughters, Jasmine and Samantha, and Daniel Dillon; two sisters and one brother-in-law: Hester Hogan of Arlington, WA and Joan and Junior Heitmeyer of Albert Lea, MN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Nelvina Kroese of Hull, IA, Marv and Wendy Moret of Manketo, MN, Lavonne and Rodney Grooters of Rock Rapids, IA, Max Moret of Sheldon, IA; Nelva and Leroy Rohlfs of Boyden, IA; Linda Gurtler-Heiliger of Sheldon, IA, Doris Moret of Wilmington, IL; Cheryl and Ken Bennett of Sioux Falls, SD; Carol Moret of Sheldon, IA and Marcia and Phil Sietstra of Sioux Falls, SD; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of very dear friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Bud; children: James, Mary and Steven; grandson, James Leroy Hinich; her brother, Charles W. Kroese; brothers-in-law, Harvey Moret, Ronald "Butch" Moret and Bill Heiliger.
Private funeral services will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood, IL. Interment will follow at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood where she will be laid to rest with her husband and three children.
Pallbearers will be Roger Patterson, Dan Dillon, Christopher Patterson, Jamie Hinich, Daniel Dillon, and Joshua Foote.
The family prefers those wishing to give a memorial gift in her name direct them to the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home or to a fund or charity of the donor's choice.
To view her video tribute or to sign her online gustbook log onto www.rwpattersonfuneralhomes.com.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood is in charge of arrangements.