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September 18, 2021

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Mass of Christian Burial for Verna Moran Aug. 28 at St. Bernard's

The Mass of Christian Burial for Verna M. Moran, 90, of Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. Kevin Connolly officiating. Burial will follow at St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Stewartville.
Mrs. Moran died on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 of natural causes at her daughter's home in rural Grand Meadow.
Verna Marie Hemker was born on Nov. 1, 1930 in Pleasant Grove Township, Minnesota to George and Leona (Buss) Hemker. She grew up on the family farm in rural Chatfield, attended country school and Chatfield High School and after moving with her family, graduated from Stewartville High School in 1949.
Verna was married on April 29, 1950 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville to Mayou J. Moran. Following their marriage the couple lived in Stewartville, where they began their family and moved to Rochester in 1959, where they lived for many years. Verna was a homemaker and Mayou was a longtime employee at Peoples Cooperative Power in Rochester including as Director of Operations. Mr. Moran died on July 3, 1988. Verna was a longtime active member of St. Frances Catholic Church in Rochester and was also a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Verna continued to make her home in Rochester after Mayou's death and was a member of the Rochester Senior Center and the Silver Treads square dancing club. She enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles, polka dancing with Mayou and followed the Minnesota Twins. Verna enjoyed visiting with friends and loved spending time with her large family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Verna is survived by four daughters and four sons, Stephen Moran of New Ulm, Kathy Moran of Apple Valley, Matthew (Sheryl) Moran of Rochester, Brian (JoEllyn) Moran of Plymouth, Patrick (Linda) Moran of Lakeville, Patricia (Rob) Miller of rural Grand Meadow, Georgann (Mark) O'Byrne of Rochester, and Teresa Moran (Brett Vermilyea) of Rochester; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mayou, her parents, and her brother, Gerald Hemker.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Verna are welcome at

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