Velda Deane Stokke
1937 - 2021
Stokke, Velda Deane

June 23, 1937 - January 23, 2021

Velda Deane Stokke, Ed.D, 83, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side, on Jan. 23, 2021 in the loving care of Hospice of the Valley. She was born June 23, 1937 in Lincoln, NE to Olaf Martin and Bereniece (Eitel) Stokke.

Velda devoted more than 40 years to public education, sharing her passion for music with Nebraska students in the Columbus Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools and Westside Schools. In 1971, she earned her doctorate in education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and became known as Dr. Stokke to her many students. During her years in Nebraska, she was a member of the Opera Omaha ensemble, participated in Ralston Community Theater and was an integral leader in the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Her battle with breast cancer also inspired one of the first awareness bracelets designed by the mother of a former student. Velda was passionate about Broadway musicals, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Arizona Diamondbacks. . .and chocolate! But above all, she was unequivocally devoted to her family.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, DeEtte Person (Larry) of Scottsdale, AZ; and three granddaugthers, Anna, Rebecca and Mia; brother and sister-in-law, Olaf Martin "Marty" (Vicki) Stokke of Ponca City, OK; nieces, Julianne Stokke Boren (daughter Evalynn) of Minot, ND; and Karen Stokke of Ayer, MA.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE will be held at New Covenant Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ, via Facebook Live – (no need to be a Facebook member), at 11am (MT), Saturday, March 13. In celebration of Velda's love for God, music and education, a memorial fund has been established at New Covenant Lutheran Church for continued growth in the music and dance ministries. Donations can be made to New Covenant Lutheran Church – Music Ministries, 15152 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260 or online at
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Published by Omaha World-Herald on Feb. 21, 2021.
Celebration of Life
New Covenant Lutheran Church
, Scottsdale, Nebraska
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My sympathy to DeEtte and family on the loss of Velda. We taught together for many years at Valley View. She was a inspiration to all who knew and worked with her. Her creativity showed in many ways including musicals, guitar club, and humanities projects. May she rest in peace.
James V Johnson
March 1, 2021
Very sorry to hear of Velda's passing. She was a dedicated educator whose love of music inspired her many students.
Tom Albertsen
February 25, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Velda’s family and friends.

I had the pleasure of having Velda as my teacher in the 80’s at Valley View Junior High in Omaha. Her passion for music and her dedication to her students was immense. Thank you Velda for inspiring me and countless others with the gift of music. May peace be with you always.
Jennifer Ahl-Klann
February 24, 2021
DeEtte & family My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother! I´m so so sorry DeEtte! Please know that I will be keeping you & all the family in prayers! Sending love too! God´s Continued Blessings be with all of you!
Joan Petersen Wiebe
February 23, 2021
Velda was my a wonderfull person and we will all miss her. She loved teaching young students. I'm sure she made many better people. Rust in peace Love your cousin Rick Hosier. My thoughts prayers are with all of the family
Rick Hosier
February 22, 2021
Velda was one of the sweetest women I have ever known. She had a infectious smile and always said kind words. She raised an amazing woman in DeEtte. My prayers are with her family. May she RIP
Jeff and Nancy smith
February 22, 2021
Velda will be missed. She played and sang like an angel! She is a welcome member of the heavenly choir. God´s blessings for her family.
Mary Reynoso
February 22, 2021
Velda and I had a great time working with the students at Swanson Elementary doing a Talent Show. It was a lot of extra hours, but very rewarding! Of course that was several years ago. It still makes me smile to remember, the kids on the edge of the stage singing "No Business Like Show Business" with some revised lyrics. Velda was a great partner with many ideas. She loved helping the students perform to the best of their ability. Thanks, Velda, for the memories!
Marilyn Hammond
February 22, 2021
I remember that NYC trip when I helped chaperone the VVJH kids. We had such a great time. Velda and I enjoyed a good friendship all those years ago. She taught both of my kids. Rest in peace, Velda.
Patti Peacock
February 22, 2021
I was in her Chorus classes at Valley View in Omaha in the 80’s. She had a very big heart and loved her students. She could also put you in your place when needed. . She also chaperoned a NYC trip where we saw CATS and were cool 8th graders in the big city. Cheers to her long life!
Tadd Kelly
February 21, 2021
Dr. Stokke was such a wonderful teacher (Valley View Jr. High in Omaha, NE). She was so passionate about music and her students. Rest In Peace.
Cindy (Borchman) Edwards
February 21, 2021
Dr. Stoke was one of my favorite teachers and her love for music still rings in my heart. Thank You Dr. Stokke for your kind heart and love of learning.
David Zerbe
February 21, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of God, friends and family comfort you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians 2: 16,17
February 16, 2021