Services for Hannah Verwers, 94 of Melcher-Dallas, will be Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service at Dallas Cemetery. A luncheon and time of fellowship with follow the burial at the funeral home.
The service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/hannah-verwers
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary or the Melcher-Dallas Park Memorial Fund.
Hannah Scott Verwers, 94, of Melcher-Dallas passed away on February 6, 2022, at the Accura Health Nursing Facility in Pleasantville, Iowa, where she had been a resident for 3 years.
Hannah was born on May 29, 1927, to Thomas and Amy Scott at the family home in Melcher. She was child number 7 of 9 children. She graduated as valedictorian from Melcher Public School in 1945.
On July 20, 1946, she married Herman D. Verwers. The couple first lived in Dallas and then purchased a house in Melcher near her mother & siblings. To this union four children were born: Don, Judy, Barb and Kathie. Hannah’s family continued to grow. Her four children blessed her with 12 grandchildren: Michelle Verwers Coleman, Todd, Gary & Larry Verwers, Shane, Brett & Bryce Ripperger, Kristin Ripperger McCauley, Ronnie Durham, Gregg VanWyk, Corey & Jill Johnson. Hannah also had 25 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.
After high school, Hannah worked as a telephone operator in Melcher, a clerk for the town Justice of the Peace, and she commuted to work as a seamstress at the overall factory. Hannah and Herman were entrepreneurs. They started several self-owned businesses. Hannah was the bookkeeper for them all, but she was involved in several ways with Herman’s business adventures. In the 50’s, you would find her in her jeans checking oil and washing windshields at their gas station and car repair shop. She was often the ride-along moral support and extra eyeballs for the 25 hour-a-day wrecker service. Then there was the tank wagon service and sanitation & recycling garbage route. In the 60’s and early 70’s, Hannah was probably most remembered as the owner of the Dairy Sweet. They purchased the business and moved it from the south side of the town square to North Main Street. Her customers fondly remember that a red stick meant you got a free rocket ice cream treat. It was like winning the lottery.
She was in charge of the family paint brush and used her talent to paint signs, garbage dumpsters, outhouses, oil tanks, and race cars. Racing stock cars was a hobby they both enjoyed. Many Friday nights were spent at the Chariton Speedway. Hannah occasionally took the wheel in the Powder Puff Derby. Later in life, she continued to enjoy racing by watching grandchildren at English Creek Speedway. Any visit from her “littles” was a happy time.
Hannah was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Amy; husband of 68 years, Herman; son, Don Verwers; and 8 siblings. Surviving are her daughters: Judy Ripperger, Barb (Ron) Van Wyk, and Kathie (Dennis) Perryman; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Jim Fortune. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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