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Vera Louise (Finstad) Erdmann

Vera Louise (Finstad) Erdmann

Vera Louise (Finstad) Erdmann, age 93 of Baraboo, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Wisconsin Dells Health Services in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Reverend Karen Hofstad officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo. Visitation will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

Vera was born November 8, 1925 in River Falls, Wisconsin the daughter of Frank and Leonora (Retrum) Finstad. She married Marvin H. "Bud" Erdmann on June 27, 1948 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary prior to Marvin's death on December 22, 1999.

Vera spent her childhood in the rural Clay Corner Community near River Falls. She attended the Clay Corner rural school for eight years, the same school attended by her father, uncles, cousins and brother, Robert. In May of 1943 she graduated as salutatorian of her class from the River Falls High School. In her junior year she was privileged to be chosen to attend Badger Girls State held at UW-Madison campus. In 1946 she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from UW-River Falls. On June 9, 1969 she received her master of arts degree in elementary education from UW-Madison.

Vera and her husband dedicated their lives to teaching and working in the field of education. Vera taught in Medford, Colby, Baraboo and Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin and served as principal of Madison Street School in the Sauk Prairie school district. She also served in a leadership capacity as president of the Baraboo Education Association, the Sauk Prairie Education Association, was the first president of the South Central United Educators and was a delegate to the Wisconsin Education Association Delegate Assembly (WEAC).

Vera and her husband were proud of their respective Norwegian and German heritage. They enjoyed their families and traveling, making several trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. All of their lives they were devout Christians and were members of the Lutheran faith. Though not blessed with children of their own, they relished their close relationship with Vera's baby sister, Linda, who spent many summers with "Sis and Bud" in Baraboo. Vera and Bud were also the fond "Auntie and Uncle Bud" to their many nieces and nephews whom they dearly loved.

Vera is survived by her sister, Linda (Bruce) Petersen; nephews, Derrick (Holly) Petersen, Nathanial (Heather) Petersen and Brandon Finstad; nieces, Kirstin (Scott) Sanning, Mollie (Jon) Lindquist and Shelynn Finstad; numerous other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin "Bud"; brother, Robert; and special friend, Reuben Beiswanger.

The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements. For On-Line condolences and information, go to