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Velma Skola

Celebration of life services for Velma E. Skola, 93, of Kalona are Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM the United Christian & Baptist Church, Kalona.  Burial will be in the Sharon Hill Cemetery, Kalona.  Visitation is Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 from 2-7 at the Peterseim Funeral Home, Kalona.
Condolences may be sent to peterseimfuneralhome.com

Velma E. Skola, 93, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, October 25, 2013.  Velma was born on January 23, 1920, on a farm near Ainsworth, Iowa, daughter of Mitchell and Nellie Spreacker.  The family moved to Kalona in 1934, and Velma graduated from Kalona High School in 1938.  Velma married Ferd Skola on June 1, 1940.

Over the years, Velma loved being involved in the community serving as a member on several boards and committees, including Farmers Savings Bank, Pleasantview Retirement Home, Kalona Library Foundation, Idris Club, and the Kalona Historical Society.  Recently, she received the Community Leadership Award from the City of Kalona for her charity and leadership to the community and for her large donation to the Kalona Library where a room is named in her honor.  She was active in the Republican party and in the Historical Village serving as a tour guide and also served as a Kalona tour guide for 20 years.  She was inducted into the Mid Prairie Community School Foundation Wall of Fame for the Skolas long history of giving to the community.  Velma continued the F. E. Skola Scholarship Fund each year and enjoyed meeting and interviewing the young applicants.

Velma loved sports, especially playing golf at Kalona Golf Club on their sand greens years ago and supporting  this course over the years.  Golfing at Old Kinderhook, Camdenton, MO, where she had a home was a special treat.  She also enjoyed the University of Iowa football and basket ball games and her love of baseball as a Cubs fan.

Music was one of her passions as a soloist, a member of the choir, and a bell ringer at the Christian & Baptist Church where she was a member for over 50 years.  Another passion was making flower arrangements for the church, for sales at bazaars and fund raisers, and for family and friends.  She was very involved in the church and didn’t miss a day.

She enjoyed her outings with the Golden Girls, having dinner at the Tuscan Moon and sharing stories about Kalona.

Most of all, she had such love, patience, and understanding for her family and friends.  She was always there for them, and they all loved her so.

Velma’s entire life revolved around her family, her friends, her church, the community, and the Farmers Savings Bank.  Her family and friends will miss her positive personality and spirit.  Those surviving this great lady are:  daughters Sally (Joe) Harper, Davenport IA, and Sue Ann (Bob) Delmark, Argyle TX; sons Larry Skola, Blue Grass IA, and Jan (Cindy) Skola, Camdenton MO; grandchildren Andy Skola, Iowa City IA; Chris Skola, Iowa City IA; Natalie (Micah) Orsinger, Phoenix AZ; Andrea (Benjamin) Summers, Austin TX; Blake (Monica) Skola, Lee’s Summit MO; JR (Laura) Skola, Cedar Rapids IA; Gage Skola, Ripon CA; and Trey (Jennifer) Delmark, Austin TX; nieces, nephews, and great grand children.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Ferd; her parents; brother, Howard Spreacker; and twin sister, Thelma Michum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kalona Library Foundation, Kalona Historical Village, or the United Christian & Baptist Church.

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Dear Skola Family, Velma was such a remarkable woman and she will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.Sending my love to you all, I know she will continue to watch over the family she loved so much.

Lisa Jock Oct 31 2013 12:00 AM

To Velma's family:Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this profoundly sad time.Velma was a special woman to us and we admired her greatly.She was such a warm gracious person and we always enjoyed visiting with her at family functions.God Bless each and every one of you.

John and Jacquelyn Allensworth Oct 31 2013 12:00 AM

The Skola family, What a gracious lady!We will miss her.God's blessings on her family

David & Mary Jane Conwell Oct 31 2013 12:00 AM

Sue, I am so sorry for your loss.Your mother was such a sweet person and so welcoming back in the day when we would sleep over at your house.I still remember sitting with your parents, watching the first man to walk on the moon!Cherish all your great memories and be proud of all the ways your mother impacted other people's lives.

Sandi Hotchkiss Oct 30 2013 12:00 AM

Sue, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I've notified a few of our UNT folks who might not get the newspaper. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you when you get home.Jan

Jan Hillman Oct 30 2013 12:00 AM

I so enjoyed knowing your mother.I always smile when I think about her driving us through Old Kinderhook in her convertible.She was so funny, and was so great to entertain us.She will be sorely missed.

Jayne Grissom Oct 29 2013 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies for your loss. She was an amazing lady and I am so grateful to have known her. She will be missed.

Vanessa Samet Oct 28 2013 12:00 AM

Jan and Family, Our sympathy to you and your family.I remember your mother well when growing up.She was always an inspiration and such a blessing to the Kalona community.She will be greatly missed.May the Lord be with you in this time of sorrow.

Woody Swartzendruber Oct 28 2013 12:00 AM

Jan and Cindy Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

George & Gayleen Ousley Oct 28 2013 12:00 AM

GARDEN PATH was sent by Sheila Baldwin.From your friends at: University of Iowa Children's Hospital UI Foundation children's fundraising team Mary Ferentz and the Care For Kids committee

Sheila Baldwin Oct 28 2013 12:00 AM

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