In Memory

Verna Collins

Verna Collins

Western Star 1984

Verna Collins Wesseler, 22, of 226 E. Warren St., Lebanon, died Wednesday, March 14, at Grandview Hospital in Dayton.

Verna was a 1979 graduate of Lebanon High School. She was a member of the Lighthouse of God Pentecostal Church in South Lebanon.

She is survived by her husband, Joe; her father, Vernon Collins of Lebanon; and mother, Mrs. Sandy Grantham of Lebanon; two brothers, James and Vernon Collins, both of Lebanon; and one sister, Crystal Collins of Lebanon.

Also surviving are her paternal grandmother, Lucy Snider of Lebanon; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Kirby of Carlisle; and her maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Esther Cox of Middletown.

Funeral services were held Saturday March 17, at the Lighthouse of God Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Raiph Smith officiating. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery.

Oswald Funeral Home, Lebanon, handled arrangements.


Wedding Picture posted sent by Joe Wessler

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03/03/09 09:59 PM #1    

Lori Epp (Young)

I knew/ was aware of Verna's life and her difficult struggle to survive. At a raw, young age, she was diagnosed with cancer. We shared desks together in class,during this time of pain. Verna lived longer than she expected. Life was cut short. She made a huge impression on me. So did the boyfriend that truly showed uncondiional love. I admired the courage and still do.

03/04/09 06:15 PM #2    

Joseph Wesseler

Verna Kay was the love of my life. Verna and I dated pretty much all through high school, it was our senior year that I proposed to her. This was before she found out she had Leukemia. After she found out she did not want to marry because of her illness. I told her that I loved her and wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I did not care if we had 1 day or 100 years I wanted to take care of her and be her husband. So we were married on June 6th 1981. This was one of the happiest days of my life. She was such a strong and loving wife. We were married for almost 3 years when the Lord came and took Verna. She passed on March 14th 1984. We were unable to have children because she was so sick. Anyone who knew Verna knew that she was a very kind and loving person. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her and how much I loved her. She taught me how important family is and to live life to its fullest.
Joe Wesseler

03/05/09 10:29 AM #3    

William Frye

I was very saddened when Verna passed. She always had a smile and a kind word. I knew Verna pretty much all my life. When we were little kids we lived just a few houses apart and rode tri-cycles together.She never lost that youthful zest for life. Before and during her illness she was an insperation to me and Im sure many others. She is and always will be missed.

03/07/09 09:50 AM #4    

Theresa Birich (Cole)

I'll always consider Verna a good friend. Her smile and kindness I will never forget. I will remember our times in the Pep Club and FHA class. She taught me to believe in myself and to live every day to the fullest. Sadly missed but never forgotten.

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