VERNIE WALL FRANZKE SEMBLER Vernie Wall Franzke Sembler, born April 9, 1920, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 26, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles D. Sembler, her parents, John Audie and Letha Starling Wall, her brothers John A. Wall, Jr., his wife, Lois; Robert Allen Wall; and sister Nell Whittern, her husband, Harold. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy L. Font (George) of Winter Park, Florida, and Suzon Wall Franzke of Vero Beach, Florida, and many nieces and a nephew whom she loved. Mrs. Sembler was a pioneer in the field of Anesthesia receiving her nursing degree from Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando, Florida, her Anesthesia Degree and training from the University of Alabama Medical School with advanced Pediatric Anesthesia training, one of eight individuals vetted from across America, at the University of Tulane Medical School. Mrs. Sembler also studied complex anesthesia under the distinguished H. Perry in Detroit, Michigan. Her first employment was at Caraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. Becoming known in her field, she was sought after by Indian River Memorial Hospital. Wanting to return to the South and having her daughters grow up in a small town environment, she accepted the position of Head of Anesthesia in 1953 and later, as the field expanded, became Chief of Nurse Anesthetists. Mrs. Sembler loved her work and felt a calling to care for the sick with dedication and compassion. She had the heart of a servant caring for others more than herself. Her mission and purpose in helping others was to honor God. She expected excellence of herself in her work and met every challenge with complete focus and commitment. It was impossible for her daughters to traverse Indian River County without someone recalling that "their Mother had been so good to them during surgery and helped them so much". Mrs. Sembler grew up on a farm in south Georgia with her parents and siblings and she often credited her rural country upbringing for grounding her with solid values and a disciplined work ethic. Her Father, a county agricultural agent, was a successful farmer and her mother, a violin teacher and artistic homemaker. Growing up, she learned to make biscuits while standing on a step stool, so that she could reach the table and thus, began her lifelong enjoyment of baking for friends and family. Being from a musical family, she had a beautiful voice and also played the piano. Not only did she excel in the arts but, also as an athlete playing the position of forward on the State of Georgia High School Basketball Championship team in 1937. She and her siblings all learned to care for the farm animals, and were adept at the labors and joys of growing up in nature. Throughout her life, her love of nature brought great contentment. When moving to Indian River County, 60 years ago, she was invited to become a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and participated in many community causes. She was a lifelong Methodist serving on various committees and chairing numerous endeavors. She was faithful in her praise to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His direction, protection, and mercy in her life. Her daughters would like to thank Drs. Michaela G. Scott, David L. Fromang, and Pedro Espat for their wonderful and loving care of her. Memorial donations may be made to Roseland United Methodist Church, PO Box 157, Roseland, Florida 32957.
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Published in the TC Palm on Dec. 15, 2013