Dateline: July 19, 2001


Rosary services for Ella Verkamp, age 89, of Idalou were held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2001, in Englunds Chapel with the  Msgr. Roland Buxkemper, pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church of Idalou officiating. Resurrection Mass Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 56, 2001, in St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church of Idalou with Msgr. Roland Buxkemper officiating. Burial was held in Englewood Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service.

Mrs. Verkamp died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at 2:52 p.m. in Convenant Medical  Center after an extended illness. She was born June 26, 1911, in Nazareth, Texas, and had briefly lived in Lockney before moving to Slaton in 1913. She was in the first class of Slatonís St. Joseph Catholic School when it opened. She married Edwin H. Verkamp on November 24, 1932, in Slaton, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1972. They moved to Idalou in January of 1954. She was a member of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church and the Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Verkamp, on May 1, 2001.

Survivors include one son, Robert Verkamp of Nazareth; two daughters, Lucille Verkamp of Lubbock and Norma Jean Schwertner of Clarendon; two brothers, Tony and Bernard Steffens, both of Slaton, Texas; one sister, Lena Respondek of Slaton; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic School, 205 S. 19th Street, Slaton, Texas 79364 or Idalou Meals on Wheels, PO Box 885, Idalou, Texas 79329.

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