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Velma was a warmhearted, caring woman who laughed easily and had a generous spirit. During her 92 years, she always opened her home for coffee, served farm dinners for dozens and constantly made many friends

Velma B. (Lawrence) Herman was born to Arthur and Ella (Horman) Baumgartner, March 1, 1921, in Todd County, near Wadena, Minn. She attended country schools and graduated from Wadena High School in 1938. After earning her teaching credentials from the Normal Training School in Wheaton, Minn., she taught school in Traverse County.

On June 2, 1940, Velma wed a Wheaton area farmer, Courtney Lawrence, in Wadena. They made their home near Graceville, Minn., for 25 years. They were members of Siloah Lutheran Church. There were many happy memories including the birth and baptisms of two sons and a daughter, ball-games, pancake suppers and chicken dinners. Velma was a hard-working farm wife until they moved to Moorhead, Minn., in 1964. In Moorhead, she worked at Fevig Insurance Agency for 22 years. She and Courtney also built a Shaklee business until Courtney passed away from cancer in 1983.

On July 9, 1988, Velma married Deopold Herman and they made their home in Kulm, N.D. They were married for 20 years until Deopold passed away at 100 years of age.

In 2010, Velma moved to Briarwood Apartments in Perham. In 2012, she moved to Perham Living and joined New Creation Lutheran Church. She played the harmonica for fellow residents at the nursing home. Her family greatly appreciates all the professional services she was afforded at Perham Living Nursing Home and Hospital.

Survivors include: three children, Curtis (Darlene) Lawrence of Birmingham, Ala., DuRae (Neil) Morkassel, Fargo, N.D. and Drew (Lolly) Lawrence of Waunakee, Wis.; her stepson, Kenneth (Olgie) Herman of Billings, Mont.; eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren. Her family also includes sisters, Donna Ziegler of Perham, Ardis Nelson of Fergus Falls, Minn., Elaine (Norman) Haedtke of Minnetonka, Minn. and Merton (Melva Jean) Baumgartner of Battle Lake, Minn. Her sister, Joyce preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held on Dec. 2 at New Creation Lutheran Church in Perham. Honorary pallbearers includ-ed Allen Conrad, Laurel Lawrence, Kermit Herman, Ray Gehring, Ray Busch and Pastor Bob Wittstruck. Pall-bearers were David Ziegler, Dale Krueger, Darl Morkassel, Darren Hall, Robert Hanneman and Darl Morkassel Jr. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Moorhead.

Arrangements were with Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham. For online condolences, visit