Vernetta A. Ranken

September 4, 1943 - July 9, 2013
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Mrs. Vernetta A. Ranken

Vernetta A. Ranken, 69, of Cherry Valley, Illinois, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in her home following a lengthy illness. She was born on September 4, 1943 in Belvidere, Illinois; the daughter of Eugene and Anna (Stroud) Poe. Vernetta graduated from North Boone High School and attended Western University, Macomb, Illinois. She married Donald F. Ranken in Belvidere on December 29, 1962. Vernetta was an Executive Server at Chrysler Food Service. She enjoyed collecting glassware and paper weights. She made and collected Dolls as well as attending sporting events that her sons and granddaughters participated in and meeting former classmates for lunch. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Alabet Temple and Model T Ford Club International. She is survived by her husband, Don, Cherry Valley, IL; two sons, Richard R. (Beth) Ranken, Rockford, IL; Rodney (Valarie Laken) Ranken, Milwaukee, WI; two granddaughters, Allison (Jake) Maliszewski, Florence, KY; Anna (Brandon Lundberg) Ranken, Rockford, IL; a sister, Shirley (Lewis Mathes) Voiles, Greenville, TN; two nephews, Mark Voiles, Louisville, KY and Kevin Voiles, Rockford, IL; and special friends, Sue Dickson, Marsha Goodhart, Mary Sheley, and Karon Anderson. Vernetta was preceded in death by her parents. Vernetta’s family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice Care for their help and care.

Memorials to National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation PO Box 1848, Longmont CO 80502.

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Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home 218 W. Hurlbut Av. with Chaplain, Pam Lojewski of Heartland Hospice Care, officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2013 in the funeral home.


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Born: September 4, 1943
Died: July 9, 2013

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dean, judy tim wanfalt and vicki posted on 7/10/13

we send our deepest sympathies and regert that we cannot attend the services. our prayers will be with you.


Evie Webster (Marion Baggett's daughter - Straw) posted on 7/11/13

Don,We are so sorry for your loss. My mother always spoke highly of you and Vernetta. May you cherish all of the precious memories you've had with Vernetta. We hold you in our prayers.Sincerely,Evie Webster


Susan Sheley posted on 7/11/13

I am so sorry to hear of Vernetta's passing. She taught me how to make good biscuits and I will always remember her every time I make biscuits because of her "secrets". What a special person she was. My Prayers will be with you and your family.


Carol Boshers posted on 7/12/13

Don, Rick and Rodney,I am so very sorry to hear of Vernetta Passing, in my heart she will always be my best friend and I remember all the good times we had. Sorry I was not there to be at her side while she was ill. You are now the ones that need to be held up, my love to all of you. Love Carol


Deborah Cellitti posted on 7/12/13

Vernetta was a loyal customer of our nail salon for many many years, she will be sorely missed. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace. Sincerely Debbie Cellitti


Noreen Schmitt posted on 8/21/13

I was so sorry to hear of Vernetta's passing, she was such a wonderful woman and always enjoyed talking with her, there are few like her.