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Verda E. (Magnuson) Renner
July 12, 1928 ~ September 26, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Verda E. Magnuson Renner, 95, died Saturday September 23, 2023 at Morningside of Sterling.
Verda was born on July 12, 1928 in St. Louis, the daughter of Philip Oscar and Hulda A. (Johnson) Magnuson. She attended school at Maple Grove one room school in Hahnaman Township, and graduated from Walnut High School in 1945. After high school, she attended Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, then taught in one room grade schools in rural Whiteside and Bureau Counties. Keith E. Renner and she were married on December 19, 1948 in Walnut. She and Keith lived on the family farm where she helped farm until 1963 when they purchased and then operated the Sterling Beauty School, a business which they owned and operated until her daughter assumed ownership. Verda was also the principal manager of several beauty salons during that period. Following retirement from the beauty education industry, she and Keith traveled extensively, and would spend winters in Florida. Verda enjoyed golf, was an avid reader, loved studying her family genealogy, and adored all animals. Both of her parents were Swedish, and she was very proud of that Swedish heritage. Following Keith’s passing in 2005, Verda continued to travel to Florida for winter months. Throughout her life, she remained loyal to her roots in Walnut and her lifelong friends there. Although shy by nature, she loved to cook and entertain, for she had a huge heart, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Surviving is her daughter Rhonda Renner (Jim) Reese of Sterling, her niece April Kent and nephews Rob Higgins and Jim Renner.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Dorothy (Peggy) Higgins.
Visitation will be held on Saturday September 30, 2023 from 10-11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The services will follow at 11 AM. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to Happy Tails Shelter of Rock Falls or to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.