Obituary for Wilford "Buzz" Verneau, Jr.
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.
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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:
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 https://www.orlcaugusta.com 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