Verda Irene Litka, 91, of Graettinger passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 14, 2008, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland. The Rev. Leroy Riemer will officiate the 1:30 p.m. service. Burial will be in Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland. Casket bearers will be Phil Syndergaard, Mike Negus, Joel Sickelka, Mark Sickelka, Gerald Lange and Jim Jessen.
Verda received her education in country schools near Graettinger and Graettinger High School. She graduated from the Highst Beauty Academy and worked as a beautician in Estherville until she married Arnold Litka of Sutherland on August 21, 1949. The couple then moved to Sutherland to begin their life together farming. Later, during the high school years of her children, she started and ran the Royal Beauty Shop in Royal for many years. She was a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland.
She is survived by her husband, Arnold, of Sutherland; their three children: Mark and his wife, Brenda, of Dubuque; Deeann and her husband, Denis Goeser, of Omaha; Dennis and his wife, Sharon, of Sutherland; five grandchildren and two sisters in-law: Clara Martin and Leona Plautz.
She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Barbara; her brother, Lawrence Skow; her sister, Evangeline Skow; and her sister, Alice Jessen.