Selma M. Ullerich (1910 - 2010)

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Funeral services for Selma M. Ullerich, 100, were held Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with Rev. Jonathon Conner officiating. Honorary casket bearers were Tom Kucera, Natalie Olson, Cara Sealock, Amber Maurer, Lora Ullerich, Katherine Kucera. Casket Bearers were Mark Ullerich, Jeffrey Kucera, Brad Ullerich, Greg Sealock, Casper Maurer and James Eddy. Interment was in the Manning Cemetery in Manning. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of the arrangements.
Selma Mary, daughter of William and Mary Caroline (Holtz) Witt, was born Jan. 5, 1910 in Lincoln Township, Audubon County. Selma was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church near Audubon. She attended Gray school and then graduated from Gray High School in 1928. Selma completed her nursing education at St. Anthony School of Nursing in Carroll in 1931.
On Sept. 24, 1933, Selma was united in marriage with Linn Carl Ullerich at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lincoln Township, Audubon County. She was an active member there in Ladies Aid, LWML and a part-time organist. They made their home on a farm south of Manning and were the parents of four children: Romanza, Philip, Dean and Marie. Selma was primarily a homemaker, raising their children and helping on the farm. She was a member of Women's Farm Bureau. Selma tended a large garden and canned fruits and vegetables. She took pride in baking pies and bread and entered them in the Audubon County Fair and Iowa State Fair. She also sewed and knitted for the family.
When the younger children were in high school in the 1960's Selma started working at Manning General Hospital as a registered nurse. In the early 1970's her husband retired from farming and they moved into Manning in 1974. After her husband suffered a stroke in 1980 Selma was able to care for him at home as she had retired by this time. After her husband's death in 1982, Selma continued to live in their home until 2006 when she became a resident of Allen House, an assisted living facility, in Atlantic. When she was no longer able to live alone she moved to Atlantic Nursing and Rehab in April of 2008. Selma passed away on Aug. 6, 2010 at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic at the age of 100 years, 7 months and 1 day.
Selma is preceded in death by her parents William and Mary Witt; husband Linn ; daughter Romanza F. and her husband Harold Vroman; son Philip L. Ullerich; grandchildren Debora Vroman, Rodney Vroman and Kenneth Vroman; and brother Woodrow Witt and his wife Berniece.
She is survived by two children: Dean Ullerich and wife Constance of Omaha, Neb., and Marie and husband Lyle Kucera of Marne; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 13 to Aug. 20, 2010