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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Vera Belle Fridley
Vera Belle Fridley, 94, formerly of Sidney, went to her heavenly home at 4:30 a.m. April 1, 2013, at The Gardens of Celina.
She was born July 26, 1918, in Oran to Clarence and Mary Mills Stump. On Aug. 15, 1941, she married Carl J. "Red" Fridley, who died Oct. 17, 1986.
She is survived by two children, Dr. John C. (Marlene) Fridley of New Baden, Ill., and Nancy (Larry) Heppeard of Celina; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roscoe, Robert and Claude Stump, and five sisters, Mary Keistter, Dorothy English, Helen Sledge, Elenore Edwards and Ruth Doseck.
She graduated from Sidney High School in 1937. She served as a nurse's aide during WWII. For many years she worked at the Stolle Corporation. She later owned "The Chatterbox" restaurant and then became a proofreader for the Amos Press (Sidney Daily News), where she retired. She was a charter member of the Women of the Moose and a member of the Anna United Methodist Church.
In keeping with her wishes, her body will be cremated.
A Celebration of Life is 11 a.m. Friday at Anna United Methodist Church, the Rev. Randy Locker officiating. Interment will follow at Pearl Cemetery in Swanders.
Calling is 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home and Crematory, Sidney.
Memorials may be given to the Anna United Methodist Church and State of the Heart Hospice, Coldwater, in memory of Vera Belle Fridley.
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