June 14, 1927 — January 19, 2019
Verna Mae Wodtli, 91, longtime resident of Sweet Home, passed away Saturday in Lowell after a long illness.
She was born in Carter, Wisconsin, to George Lewis and Orabell (Serjeant) Pittsley. She was raised and schooled in Upper Michigan until the age of 15, when she moved with her family to Sweet Home.
She graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1945. After high school, she met and married John E. Wodtli. They built their first home on Fern Ridge on land John bought from his grandfather. They had two children, Gerald and Linda.
Verna worked most of her adult life doing accounting in various companies in the Sweet Home area. They moved to a 50-acre farm in Holley in 1959. After retirement, John and Verna moved to property they bought in La Pine. After John’s death in 2000, Verna moved back to Sweet Home. In 2011, Verna moved to the Eugene area, living in several retirement homes before moving to Lowell.
Verna is survived by her children, Dr. Gerald and his wife, Shirley Wodtli of Pasco, Washington, Linda and her husband, Jack Coulter of Lowell; five grandchildren; sister, Lou and her husband, Dean Melling of Rohnert Park, California; six great-grandsons and six great-granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband John; parents; sister, Jean Miller; and brother-in-law, Howard Miller.
Services are planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel with burial immediately following at Gilliland Cemetery.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. (www.sweethomefuneral.com)