Vennetta Fiedler

Friday, November 25, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Vennetta Fiedler, 97, of Spencer, were held Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Marcia Cheevers officiated the service.

Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Fiedler passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Vennetta Fiedler was born in Greenville, Ia., to William (Van) and Dora VanSickle. She graduated from Greenville High School. She married Floyd (Jack) Fiedler on Oct. 14, 1933, and moved to their farm, which is still in the family today.

Vennetta's motto was "Just Do It." In 1950, Vennetta graduated from the Chicago School of Nursing. She attended The University of South Dakota, Buena Vista College and received her PH.D from the University of Beverly Hills in 1979. Vennetta was also the first women to be licensed in Iowa as a Private Investigator, and then went on to be a licensed investigator with InterPole. She held her license from 1972-1984. Obtaining her license was not easy, however she said it taught her to work at anything you want to do.

Vennetta served on boards and committees on the local, state and national level, including the National Committee on Long Term Care, and the National Committee on Narcotics and Controlled Substances. Vennetta served three terms as the public member on the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners, which was an appointment by Governor Ray.

She was appointed by Governor Ray as an observer at the White House Conference on Aging in 1981, and served as the senior intern to Congressman Berkley Bedell in his Washington D.C. office. Vennetta also served two terms as the chairperson for the State Department of Elder Affairs as well as the chairperson for the State Legislative committee for the American Association of Retired Persons.

Vennetta was also instrumental in the Red Cross, in which she helped establish one board for Northwest Iowa, which comprised of Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties, and formed the Iowa Great Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Between all of her other achievements, Vennetta earned her private pilot's license. Vennetta never sat still -- as she always said that a person has one life to live and go do it. However, she never gave up her love for her family and the farm that she and Jack had together. During that time they had Hereford cattle and Vennetta introduced the Charolais breed of cattle to the farm.

She is survived by son, Jacque (Bud) Fiedler and his wife, Ann of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a daughter, Lori Crabb and her husband, Tom, of Urbandale, Ia.; two grandchildren: Bill Fiedler of Stillwater, Minn. and Kimberly Hill of Colorado Springs, Colo. Vennetta is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.