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Vernette L. Bell, 77

Nov 6, 2010

Vernette L. Bell

Blue Earth – Vernette L. Bell, age 77, of Blue Earth, died Oct. 31, 2010, at Goldfinch Estates, in Fairmont.

Funeral Services were held Nov. 6, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The Rev. Wesley Hafner officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Vernette was born April 8, 1933, at Swea City, Iowa, the daughter of John and Alma (Cassem) Vogt. She was raised and educated in Blue Earth where she was a 1951 graduate of Blue Earth High School. She was married to Donald H. Bell on Sept. 5, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. The couple has farmed the same farm near Blue Earth since 1956. Vernette was the office manager at the Faribault County ASC office during the 1950s and also was a secretary at Harry Hayes Realty during the 1950s. Later she was the secretary at St. Paul Lutheran Church for 10 years. Vernette was active with the county extension office and was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aide, Circle and was an officer of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, hosting parties, gardening, playing cards and all her grandchildren’s activities.

Vernette is survived by her husband, Donald Bell, of Blue Earth; children, Julie (Mark) Burns, of Town & Country, Mo., Trudy (Joseph) Allen, of Savage, Gary (Cheryl) Bell, of Winnebago, Nancee (Mike) Bischoff, of Eagan, Koni (Dave) Sjulstad, of Eagan, and Corey (Cathy) Bell, of Blue Earth; sisters, Dorothy (Donald) Stensland, of Blue Earth, Shirley (Andy) Gudal, of Bricelyn, and Sandra Giese, of Fergus Falls; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Mike Tines; and three brothers-in-law, Raymond Haugh, Norman Bell and Bill Giese.

Memorial donations are preferred to the United Hands Hospice of Blue Earth or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com