Wilma Rose (Spacek) Verger, 93, of Platteville, WI, died peacefully Monday, September 23, 2019 at Park Place Assisted Living. She was born August 15, 1926 on a farm near Mount Vernon, Iowa, the daughter of August and Rose (Franta) Spacek. She attended grade school at a one room school house in Linn County, Iowa and high school in Joy, Illinois, graduating as valedictorian form Harrisburg, Oregon High School in 1944. That summer she earned a teaching certificate from Cornell College and taught at a one room school house in Illinois. She graduated from Oregon College of Education in 1950 where she lettered in basketball. She taught elementary school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and spent her summers at University of Oregon earning her Master of Education degree in 1960. While there she met Don Verger and they were united in marriage June 11, 1959 at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua, Iowa. Prior to moving to Platteville in 1965 she taught in Iowa, Missouri, and Oregon. After moving to Platteville she taught third grade in Belmont, second grade at the Lab School, and first grade at Westview Elementary school in Platteville where she taught for 15 years, retiring in 1989 with a total of 32 years teaching elementary students. After retiring she volunteered teaching English as a second language. Her passion was teaching and she enjoyed being a Grandma.
Wilma is survived by her daughter, Lynn Verger; son-in-law, Scott Baumann; grandchild Jean Verger; Nancy Collins, who was like a daughter to her; her sister, Bessie (Robert) Bible; and six nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Don Verger; her sister, Lorean McShane; and her parents.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Platteville with Rev. Diane Markevitch officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville. The family will sit Shiva Sunday afternoon, September 29, 2019, at Wilma’s home. In lieu of plants and flowers, Wilma requested for memorials to be given in her name to the Westview School PTO (1201 West Camp St., Platteville, WI 53818). The Martin Schwartz Funeral Home and Crematory in Platteville is entrusted with her services.
The family would like to thank Park Place Assisted living for the wonderful care they gave Wilma. It was her home for the past four and a half years. Thank you to Wilma’s Preston Drive neighbors who were so good to her. Also thanks to Drs. Connolly and White of Medical Associates and especially Grant County Hospice.