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Wava Verdoorn, 92

Jun 5, 2011

Wava Verdoorn

Rochester — Wava Verdoorn, age 92, a longtime resident of Delavan, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at The Homestead Senior Residence, in Rochester.

Wava was born April 7, 1919, in Glenville to James and Tena (Eukel) Cipra. She graduated from Albert Lea High School and Winona State Teachers’ College before beginning her elementary teaching career in Hollandale. There she met William Verdoorn, whom she married on June 12, 1942. After her marriage, Wava lived with her husband in Delavan, where she taught in the elementary school for many years and raised three children. She was dedicated both to her family and to the well being of her students, many of whom became lifelong friends.

Wava is survived by her children, William Jr. (Catherine) Verdoorn, of Rochester, Linda (Robert) Powers, of Soquel, Calif., and Richard (Yvonne) Verdoorn, of Rosemount; grandsons, Eric Verdoorn, of Plymouth, Brandon (Janet) Verdoorn, of Rochester, Jared (Allison) Verdoorn, of Rochester, and Alex Verdoorn, of Kansas City, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Betty Verdoorn, of Delavan, and Jean Cipra, of Northwood, Iowa; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents; a sisters; and two brothers.

The family would treasure remembrance messages sent to RememberingWava@gmail.com

They request that any memorials be sent “in memory of Wava Verdoorn” to the Mayo Clinic Heart Research Program, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.