In Memoriam...

Wilford "Buzz"

Nelson Verneau, Jr.:

10 October 1935 – 8 May 2022

Funeral was held on Thursday, May 12 at 11 AM at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Obituary for Wilford "Buzz" Verneau, Jr.

Christian Obituary:

CW3 Wilford "Buzz" Nelson Verneau Jr. (ret. U.S. Army)

Buzz was born in Latrobe, PA on October 10, 1935 to Wilford Nelson Verneau, Sr. and

Freda K. Jones. He was baptized on December 15, 1935 at Trinity Lutheran Church in

Latrobe, PA. He was later Confirmed in his faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Trauger,

PA. He married his wife, Nancy (Nan) Jean Forsha on October 16, 1954 at St. James

Lutheran Church in Youngstown, PA. Together they were blessed with 5 children.

Buzz served his nation in the U.S. Army for 25 years before retiring as a Chief Warrant

Officer. After his military career, he worked in civil service for 20 years before retiring a

second time. Buzz was a faithful member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church where he

served as president and in many other ways. He also sang in the choir and acted in various

skits throughout the years. He died on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at his residence in Harlem, GA.

and is now home with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Family members in addition to his wife of 68 years include his children: Debra Verneau,

Bruce Verneau (Deanna), Scott Verneau (Joy) and Kathleen Verneau; 8 grandchildren; 11

great grandchildren; and sister: Pamela Reschick. He was preceded in death by his

daughter: Brenda Lee Verneau and brother: David Verneau.

The funeral service is held Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Redeemer

Lutheran Church with Rev. Roger Schwartz officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest

Memorial Park where military honors will be conducted.

Ruth Elisabeth Ruhl Grafin von Schweinitz:

17 October 1930 – 28 February 2022

Funeral service was held on March 3, 2022 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Ruth von Schweinitz

Christian Obituary

Mrs. Ruth Elisabeth Ruhl Grafin von Schweinitz passed away peacefully, on February 28,

2022, the Monday following the Transfiguration of the Lord. She was surrounded by

her children and their love at the time of her passing.

Predeceased by her husband, Siegfried Graf von Schweinitz, her father Heinrich

Friedrich Ruhl, her mother Frieda Prohaska. She is survived by her sister Helga Jeremias,

four children and twelve grandchildren: Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz, his wife, Sarah

and children (Elisabeth (Nick), Julie, Georgina) Siegfried Graf von Schweinitz Jr., his wife,

Joni and his children (Annaliese, Olivia) Helmut Graf von Schweinitz, his wife, Kimberly

and children (Benjamin (Shaelyn), Rebecca, Sara, Andrew) Heidi Grafin von Schweinitz-

Haerle, her husband, Brad and children (Stefan, Mary Peyton, Evan) and four great-

grandchildren: Benjamin Caleb, Paul, Leo and Jacob. A word that described Ruth

throughout her life was selfless.

Born in Munich, Germany on October 17,1930, Ruth was the second oldest of four

siblings. She was baptized on October 25, 1930 at the Lutheran Church in Munich,

Germany. She was later confirmed in her faith on April 2, 1943 in Starmberg, Germany.

At 19, after the death of her mother, she stepped in to care for her younger siblings

and assume the management role of the farm employees at Gut Buchof and Gut Riem,

the City of Munich state farms, of which her father was Managing Director.

Ruth met her beloved husband, Siegfried, in 1946 when he came to intern at the farm.

The two married on August 4,1951 and immigrated to the United States in September.

During their two week journey on the USS Hersey, she used her medical skills as a

nurse to care for other immigrants. Once settled in Columbia County, Ruth served as

president of the Appling PTA, was Cub Scout Den Mother, volunteered for the

underserved at the county clothing center and dental clinic. In addition to managing

the family farm in Appling, she raised four children and cared for twenty-one foster

children. Ruth and Siegfried’s farm hosted summer horseback riding camps, school

field trips, church picnics and receptions for many organizations. She never turned

away a stray and was a member of Columbia County Humane Society. Ruth and

Siegfried were active members of the Belle Meade Hunt, Augusta Symphony and Harry

Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Donations in Ruth’s memory can be made to Our

Redeemer Lutheran Church, any abused children or animal rescue organization.

The family will receive friends at Thomas Poteet Funeral Home, Davis Road, on

Wednesday, March 2nd from 5-7pm. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 3rd,

11:00am at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Schwartz officiating.

Burial will follow at Westover Memorial Park.

Jennifer D. Noah:

8 August 1943 – 12 January 2022

Funeral service was held on January 20, 2022 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Jennie Noah:

Christian Obituary for Jennifer D. Noah

Jennie D. Noah died on the Wednesday following the first Sunday after Epiphany on January 12, 2022 at her home. Jennie, age 78, wife of Dr. Christopher Noah had fought the good fight against cancer for more than 20 years.

Jennie was born in Shelby, North Carolina to parents Edward Ernest Post and Margaret Thompson Post. She was baptized at Central United Methodist Church on April 11, 1954. St. and Thomas Aquinas Church in Washington, DC on June 17, 1960 was where she was confirmed in her faith. Jennie married Chris Noah on June 24, 1978 at Northern Lights United Methodist Church in Juneau, Alaska. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, the family became members of Grace Lutheran Church prior to moving to Augusta.

She had a wonderful perspective on life which came from growing up all over the world, most notably in Zimbabwe, Egypt and India. Jennie was a remarkable woman, although she would humbly deny it. While in Alaska she worked for the Alaska Legislature and started Design Gallery, an interior design firm. Later in life she began a second career in what was then considered a predominately male profession as a certified financial planner establishing her own practice, The Monitor Group here in Augusta, Georgia. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since April 7, 1991. She served in roles in Stewardship, Christian Education and was pivotal in the planning and purchase of the Church stained glass windows. As an avid Christian, she studied and led many Bible studies over the years and was a member of the Ladies AM Bible Study (LAMBS).

Family members in addition to her husband include her children: Ajit Singh Dugal, Premjit Singh Dugal, Inderjit Singh Dugal, Jeffrey Brooks Noah (deceased) and Christopher Noah, Jr.; eight grandsons; and sisters: Elizabeth Nowicki and Shirley Cox.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Roger Schwartz officiating. Interment will be private.

As was her custom, Jennie would not want to be the center of attention and requests that no flowers be sent, rather memorial donations be made to the Church Worker Scholarship fund at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard:

3 April 1932 - 15 October 2021

Funeral Service was held on October 20, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Sarah Barnard:

Christian Obituary for

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard

Sarah Frances Jenkins Barnard died on Friday, October 15, 2021, she was 89 years of age and had been married over 53 years to the late William J.O. Barnard.

Sarah Frances Jenkins was born on April 3, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Mr. Grover Cleveland Jenkins and Elizabeth Marcella Kramer. She was baptized in June of 1944 in Little Rock. She met her husband, William Joseph Orvin Barnard in Japan, and became a military wife on July 9, 1952 when they married at Grace Lutheran Church in Poplar Bluff, MO. Sarah was later confirmed in her faith on December 24, 1961 at First Lutheran Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sarah and Bill lived in many places before settling in Augusta. They became members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on June 27, 1974 via transfer from University Lutheran in Clemson, SC. Sarah was a member of the Our Redeemer Quilters and the Altar Guild. She enjoyed helping others and volunteered for several years at the Fort Gordon Thrift Shop. Sarah was a loving mother and will be missed by many friends and family.

Family members include her children: Zandra Mobley, Chris Sammons, Bill Barnard, Libby Brock, and Bob Barnard (Joanne); 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Elizabeth Jenkins, her husband William J.O. Barnard, and daughter, Robin Shipley.

The family will receive friends at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 beginning at 1:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M., a funeral service will be held in the Our Redeemer Sanctuary. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery following the Church service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 402 Aumond Rd., Augusta, GA 30909.

Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest:

13 January 1932 – 12 August 2021

Funeral Service was held on August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Obituary for Bernice Priest:

Christian Obituary:

Mrs. Bernice Lavera Gerler Priest, age 89, of Augusta, GA, beloved mother of Joy Morris, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 12, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Priest on November 20, 1988 after 37 years of marriage; her parents, Bernahard and Lona Doberenz Gerler; brother, George Gerler; sister, Dorothy Bachmann. Bernice was born in Friedensburg, Missouri, on January 13, 1932. She grew up in a large family with 6 siblings. She is survived by four: Norma Seward, Ruby Kramer, Maxine Coursey, Leo Gerler. In addition to her daughter Joy, Bernice is survived by her granddaughter, Melinda Lee Sanders (Gregg); grandson, Michael John Morris (Amanda); two great grandsons, Lucas & Jacob Sanders; numerous nieces, nephews, greats, and godchildren.

Bernice was baptized on February 1932 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedensburg, Missouri. In April of 1946, She was confirmed in her faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shawneetown, Missouri. In 1950, Bernice moved to Augusta, GA as a young adult and met the love of her life, Jack Edward Priest. She joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1951. She remained an active faithful member for over 60 years and was lovingly known as “Mama Priest”. Bernice cherished her church family and was quick to serve others wherever and whenever she was needed. Throughout her life, one of her greatest joys was taking care of children and sharing the Gospel with all of them. Her desire was that every person know the love of Jesus. Bernice was a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Choir, Altar Guild, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Quilters, kitchen helper, photographer, and was involved in several Bible studies. Bernice was quick to help people who were homebound, in the hospital, or in nursing homes. She never wanted anyone to feel alone and showed compassion to everyone. The legacy of Christ’s Love that she leaves behind is immeasurable. Bernice was adventurous, always up for a road trip and enjoyed an annual beach getaway with her niece, and 3 dear friends. She was an amazing seamstress and loved to Crochet. Bernice loved lunch dates at Olive Garden and Sticky Fingers with her daughter Joy. Time spent with others was precious to her. Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great grandmother, godmother to many, Mama Priest, B, dear friend and most especially known as a child of God, Bernice, now is with Jesus her Savior in heaven.

The family will receive loved ones on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 402 Aumond Road in Augusta GA from 12noon-1:30pm. The funeral service will follow at 2pm. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. For those unable to attend, you may view her Funeral at or at the Church’s Facebook page. The family requests that masks be worn by those coming in person and areas for social distancing will be available. Pallbearers include: Craig Steedley, Dean Niehoff, Robert Lack, Norm Diebold, Billy Jowers, Gary Stroebel

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church General Fund or the ORLC Quilters at 402 Aumond Road, Augusta, GA 30909