Vera E. (Schakel) Harrelson Brooks

March 25, 1926 ~ March 14, 2022 (age 95)


Vera Harrelson Brooks, age 95, of Moravia, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022 at her home in Moravia.

Vera was born on March 25, 1926, the daughter of Leonard and Ella Rose (Aucher) Schakel.   She graduated from Melrose High School.  Vera was united in marriage to David Harrelson, and to this union, two children were born, Sue and Sandy.

Vera was a longtime past member of the First Christian Church in Ottumwa.  She loved watching T.V. in her rocking chair, especially Wheel of Fortune.  Vera also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Left to cherish Vera’s memory are her children, Sue (Les) Albertson of Moravia, Iowa and Sandy (Myron) Merchant of Vance, South Carolina; her sister, Shirley Hazelwood of Ottumwa, Iowa; four grandchildren, Chris (Tracie) Merchant, Heather (Shane) Robbs, Cory Merchant, and Jason (Trish) Albertson; 17 great grandchildren, Jake, Christina, Eli, Levi, Owen, Cody, Lexy, Mathew, Becca, Chrystal, Marshall, Kjirsten, Lincoln, Joslynn, Skylar, Kylie, and Blake; six great-great-grandchildren, Marley, Mason, Charlotte, Wyatt, Liyah, and Kendrick; as well as several extended family members.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, David Harrelson; her parents, Leonard and Ella Rose Schakel; a grandchild, Angela Albertson; and three siblings, Lois Graham, Wilma Colwell, and Leonard “Jr.” Schakel.

Graveside services will be held at 11AM, Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa, with Pastor Christy Ehrle officiating.  Memorials have been established to EveryStep Hospice, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, ATTN: Brooks family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com or on our funeral home Facebook page. 

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Graveside Service
March 17, 2022

11:00 AM
Memorial Lawn Cemetery
3002 N Ct St
Ottumwa, IA 52501

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