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Verna Lorraine (Coonradt) Deromedi


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Verna Lorraine (Coonradt) Deromedi Obituary
Verna Lorraine (Coonradt) Deromedi
July 21, 1920 - March 26, 2013
Resident of Alamo
Verna Deromedi, a 40 year resident of Alamo, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92. She remained active until her final days and was always giving of her time and talents.
Verna is survived by her three sons, Dennis and wife, Eddi; Craig and wife, Deedee; and Roger and wife, Sandy; by her seven grandchildren; and by her sister, Viola Mae (Milo) Pearmine. Her husband of 61 years, Frank, passed away at age 90 in 2006.
Verna was born in San Jose and raised on a farm in the Almaden district. Her ability to overcome any obstacle in life began at age 9 when she had a rare bone infection in her right ankle before the advent of penicillin. She graduated from San Jose State College in 1941 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry and then from Stanford University with a Masters of Arts in Biology in 1943, where at the latter institution she did research in genetics for Dr. George Beadle who later received a Nobel Prize.
Verna met her husband, Frank, at Cutter Laboratories in Berkeley where they produced the first penicillin for the World War II effort, and they were married in December 1944. She changed careers to mother and homemaker in 1947, the year her first son was born. After living in El Cerrito from 1948 to 1967, Verna and Frank lived for four years in Chattanooga, Tennessee and then two years in Overland Park, Kansas, before moving to Alamo in 1973.
Wherever she lived, Verna was actively involved in community programs and social activities. She and Frank were Cub and Boy Scout leaders during the decade that their sons participated; and Verna was active in the PTA. In 1974, she joined the Glacier Guild of the John Muir Memorial Hospital, serving as its President for two years. She was then President of the John Muir Auxiliary in 1982-83 and was a volunteer docent at the hospital for over 20 years. She served on various committees of the United Methodist churches wherever she lived.
Verna's special interests included sewing, needlepoint, gardening and entertaining, but her true passion was bridge. She and Frank also loved to travel, first with their sons across the U.S., and then together to countries all over the world. They lived briefly in Jamaica and Singapore, where Frank was a volunteer and professor, respectively.
To celebrate Verna's life, there will be a memorial service at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church at 902 Danville Blvd., Alamo at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations in Verna's memory may be made to John Muir Medical Center (JMMC) Auxiliary Remembrance-Honorarium Fund, c/o Volunteer Service Dept., 1601 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598, or a .

Published in East Bay Times on May 3, 2013
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