Veda R. Sutter chose April 20, 2009 as the day she would finally join her beloved husband, Rodney, in heaven's ballroom. She spent her final days much as she'd spent her life, surrounded by her grateful family.
Veda Rebecca Ersland was born on July 18, 1922 in Ames, Iowa to Jacob C. and Millie Ersland. She was a graduate of Slater High School as well as AIB Business College in Des Moines, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Rodney B. Sutter on December 12, 1943 and the loving couple had three children together. Veda worked as a legal and administrative secretary for many years until her retirement. A devoted mother, grandmother and friend, she was generous with her wisdom and wit and enjoyed playing the piano, trying new recipes, golfing and having the very best tan each summer. She also loved going to Guttenberg, Iowa every year to boat on the Mississippi with family and friends. In 1994, she moved to Lenexa, Kansas to reside with her daughter and in 2000 she moved to Delmar Gardens, also of Lenexa, where she eventually passed away.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers. She lost her husband, Rodney, in 1981 and her son Sam Sutter 6 months later.
She is survived by her daughter, Roxann Kellogg, and Roxann's husband, Reno, of Lenexa, Ks, her son Rick Sutter and Carolynn Anderson of Wall, South Dakota along with grandchildren, Marc Tweed and wife, Megan, Jennifer Beardslee and husband, Steve, Stephenie Gay and husband Andy, Jill and Tara Sutter and their fiancés, Jason Leonard and Ty Norman. She is also survived by her beloved great grandchildren, Riley and Ryan Gay, Henry Tweed and Sam and Charlie Beardslee, who will soon be joined by a baby sister.
Funeral services will be in Slater, Iowa at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 23 with burial following the services. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family would appreciate contributions in Veda's name to Bethlehem Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice. While we are so sad to lose Veda, we are glad that, at long last, she and Dad are able to dance again.
Soderstrum Riis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Tri-County Times from Apr. 23 to Apr. 30, 2009.