Vera Cleland

Vera Cleland, age 90, of Council Bluffs, IA, formerly of Vermillion, passed away July 24, 2010 at her home. Vera was born Oct. 16, 1919 in Juneau, AK to the late Martin and Louise (Lacey) Majewsky.

She graduated from Los Angeles, CA High School in 1937 and attended one year of junior college. Vera married Ervin "Pete" Cleland on June 19, 1941 in El Monte, CA. The Clelands moved to Vermillion in 1945 to work the family farm.

Vera worked at the University Of South Dakota Medical School as a lab technician from 1953 until her retirement in 1990. She moved to Council Bluffs in 1998 and was a member of the Bodacious Babes of Council Bluffs.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ervin "Pete" Cleland in 1997; grandson, Wayland "Lewie" Massey, III; brother, Martin Majewsky. She is survived by her daughter, Denna Massey and husband Wayland "Lew" of Council Bluffs; son, Lonnie Cleland and partner Kay Graham of Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Keith Massey, Rebecca Pilcher-Cleland and Scott Cleland, six great-grandchildren, Madison, Hunter, Brock, Gabrielle and Saylor Massey, Henry Offenhauser; brother, Bill Majewsky in California.

Visitation with the family was held, Tuesday, July 27 at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel in Council Bluffs. Burial was held in the BluffView Cemetery in Vermillion. Memorials are suggested to Hospice with Heart, 300 West Broadway, Suite #114, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.

The Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home, Council Bluffs, IA, was in charge of arrangements.

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