obit: Margaret Verm Toellner
Funeral Services for Margaret Toellner, 83, of East Bernard were held on July 7 from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wallis. Interment followed in the Wallis City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Kopecky, Don Toellner, Mike Toellner, Ron Rushing, Michael Verm, Richard Verm, Charles Verm and Steven Verm.
Margaret Faye Verm and her twin sister Mabel were born Aug. 23, 1926 in Sealy to Zenes and Lillie Verm. Margaret’s father was a farmer in the Frydek area. She and her siblings went to the rural school in Frydek. Walking, and sometimes riding horseback to school, she attended through the eighth grade, and played on the volleyball team. She completed her education at Sealy High School, graduating in 1944.
When the Edmund Toellner family moved onto a nearby farm, Margaret was soon to meet her future husband, Sidney. Their fathers met while hunting in the woods in Frydek, and Edmund told his son about the Verm kids. Shortly after that, Sidney showed up at the Verm farm, walking out from between two rows of a corn patch. To see each, Sidney and Margaret had to walk the long, muddy middles of the corn patch, washing the mud off their feet before they could continue on their “date.” On Oct. 16, 1946, Margaret Verm and Sidney Toellner were married in Sealy by Pastor Hughes.
Margaret was baptized on March 4, 1945, and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wallis on March 28, 1948, where Sidney was already a member. They chose to live in Wallis and remained there until they were able to buy a farm on Bernard Prairie, and live in the home they came to love so much.
Their marriage was blessed with two children Dale and Sharon. Margaret worked for a short time in downtown Houston as a telephone operator. She spent much of her life as a loving wife, devoted mother, active church member and exemplary homemaker. She loved her animals, both domestic and wild…pigeons, rabbits, parakeets and even a blue jay. She and Sidney spent many joyful hours caring for their vegetable and flower gardens, lemon and fig trees and Satsuma. She generously shared her produce and her time, always helping friends and neighbors.
Known for bringing huge amounts of home cooked foods to covered-dish dinners at St. Paul’s, Margaret developed many much admired recipes. Church members looked forward to her tasty dishes, and her current pastor was especially fond of her dill pickles, her cucumber salad, and her sweet rice. Margaret Faye Verm Toellner passed away on July 5, 2010.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin sister, brother-in-law Gary Rushing and daughter-in-law Carolyn Toellner.
She is survived by her son Dale Toellner and his fiancée Susie Peikert; daughter Sharon Vyvial and husband Larry; granddaughter, Manda Meier and husband Herc; grandson Brent Vyvial; brother Cecil Verm and wife Virginia and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 427, Wallis, TX 77485. Funeral Arrangements under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapel, Wallis, TX 77485 979-478-6311. www.knesekfuneralhome.com
Wallis News Review July 13, 2010