Verna M. Mollenhauer, 86, of St. Charles, and formerly Owatonna, died May 26, 2014, at Spring Valley Senior Living Center in Spring Valley.

She was born April 14, 1928, in Concord, to Vernie E. and Hazel M. (Miller) Gordon.

She graduated from West Concord High School in 1946 and attended beauty school in the Twin Cities before working as a beautician in Owatonna.

She married Gordon Mollenhauer on Nov. 26, 1949, in Owatonna where they made their home.

In Owatonna, she also worked caring for elderly patients and cooking in Owatonna Cedar View Nursing home. She also cared for Mrs. Doyle at the home of her daughter, Lucille Smirch.

In 1978, she moved to St. Charles, where she worked at Whitewater Manor Nursing Home as a cook until her retirement.

She was a member of the St. Charles United Methodist Church. She was active in the local United Methodist Women unit and had served terms as unit president as well as chair of the annual fall dinner.

She crocheted and quilted blankets for her grandchildren and children. She enjoyed spending time with her family camping and celebrating special events like birthdays.

Survivors include four children, Teresa (Jon) Arnold of St. Charles, Thomas (Christine) Mollenhauer of Brooklyn Center, Trudi (David) Olson of Owatonna and Tamra (Donald) Parsons of Spring Valley; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orrin Gordon of Birchwood, Wis., and one sister, Marlene Dillemuth of Albert Lea.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; a daughter, Tasia (Kenneth) Parsons; three brothers, Dean, Willard and Calvin Gordon and her infant son.

Services to celebrate her life were on Wednesday, May 28, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in St. Charles with the Rev. Heather E. Klason presiding. Burial of Verna's cremated body followed in Saratoga Cemetery.

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