2:00 p.m. Monday September 18, 2017 at Old Union
Cemetery in Lincoln
Verna I. “Gene” Gockel, 97, of Lincoln, passed away
on September 13, 2017.
Verna was born on July 9, 1920 in Boynton Center,
the daughter of Hermon and Sarah “Sadie” (Miller)
She married Harold Gockel on December 8, 1945 in
Pontiac. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2006.
Gene and her husband farmed in the Elkhart and Mount
Pulaski area until their retirement.
Verna is survived by her children, Terri (Glenn)
Shanle of Lincoln, Twila (William) Muhlach of
Murphysboro, George (Barbara) Emmons of Athens, AL,
Galen (Teresa) Emmons of Columbia, SC; 16
grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 2 great
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
She was preceded in death by her parents, three
brothers: Sanford, James, and Hermon Jr, five
sisters: Leone Brennemann, Margaret Herhamer, Elsie
Parr, Thelma Irwin, and Martha Tisdale, and three
Verna was a member of St. John United Church of
Christ. She loved spending time with her family
especially her birthday reunions.
Graveside services for Gene will be 2:00 p.m. Monday
September 18, 2017 at Old Union Cemetery in Lincoln,
with Rev. Kenneth Kramer officiating.
The family requests that in Lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to Memorial Medical Hospice or
St. John United Church of Christ.
Services are entrusted to Fricke Calvert Schrader
Funeral Home in Lincoln
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