Vera A. Madlem, 101, of Geneseo, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitiation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church, in Geneseo.
Vera was born May 24, 1917, in Phenix Township, rural Geneseo, the daughter of Albert L. and Lula (Evans) Sand. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1935 and married Emil Madlem on March 14, 1940. Emil preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1991. Vera loved her family, her church, and her friends. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo since 1926, making her the longest-time member. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women Society. Vera was a member of Richmond Hills Players and performed in numerous plays. Even when she was no longer able to continue acting, she still enjoyed attending plays there each season. Vera was employed many years at the downtown Ace Hardware and also at DeReu Skelgas.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Larry Madlem and his wife Jean; grandsons, Michael and Mark; and six great-grandchildren, all residing in the Atlanta, Ga., area. Vera also is survived by three nieces, Audrey Lundbald, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mary Allen, of Rochester, Minn.; and Shirley Kinnear, of Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, two brothers, and a special nephew.