Vera M. Burkard

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Vera M. Burkard, 84, formerly of Paxton and Edwardsville, Ill., and Ankeny, Iowa, died at 9:35 p.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with Rev. J. Michael Smith officiating. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton, is handling arrangements.

Vera was born September 24, 1929, in Foosland, a daughter of James and Stella Edmonds Brock. She married Alva A. "Bill" Burkard June 25, 1949, in Paxton. He preceded her in death on October 13, 2003.

She is survived by two daughters, Jill (Douglas) Garbs of Edwardsville, and Jennifer (Brett) Long of Springfield; one son, Jeffrey Burkard of Long Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard L. (Barbie) Reynolds, a niece, and a nephew, all of Frankfort.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Ryan Garbs.

Vera grew up in Gibson City and Paxton. She attended Paxton Elementary school and graduated from Paxton High School. She was a secretary for the Springfield Public Schools and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 5, 2014