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Verna E. Kobischka, 91, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. She was born December 4, 1925 in Black River Falls, WI, the daughter of Peter and Lena (Larson) Severson. Verna married Edwin Kobischka on November 20, 1945 in Osseo, WI. He predeceased her on October 26, 2006. She was very involved in several women's groups and a lifetime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Verna was formerly employed for 36 years with Sundstrand Aviation. She and Ed also owned Kobie Wedding Photography for 20 years.
Survivors include her son, Larry (Linda) Kobischka; granddaughter, Alison (Jason) Kelso; great grandsons, Jack and Will Kelso, all of Roscoe; sister, Joanne Havens of Loves Park; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; and 6 brothers, Perry, Ray, Lloyd, Clarion, Kenneth and Laverne Severson. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Grand Victorian and Heartland Hospice.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Riverside Community Church, 6816 N. 2nd St., Machesney Park, IL with Reverend Bobby Sheets officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Memorials can be made to Heartland Hospice, 6885 Vistagreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107 or to the family for a memorial to be established at the Grand Victorian.

Condolences & Shared Memories (5)

  1. Renee Buhl

    I am so sorry to know of the loss of Mrs Kobishka. My husband Bill and I were married in 1977 and reserved Kobi photo for our wedding 2years in advance. We were adamant that they take our wedding pictures. We had seen their beautiful work done for other friends and arranged our photographer before any other detail. Such beautiful work the 2 of them would do. Professional in every sense of the word, right down to their matching burgundy jackets. We just enjoyed looking at our album as we celebrated our 40th in August and felt so thankful that our wedding day was so well preserved with those pictures. I worked at Sylvias Fashions for 38 years and always helped Mr Kobishka pick out beautiful dresses for his bride at Christmas, Valentine's Day, and birthday. He knew exactly what she would like as well as best colors for her. It was so obvious of their devotion and love. Rarely did she need to return something except for a different size, but she loved what he selected. A life filled with love and devotion. Your parents leave quite a legacy. Please accept my recollections of their sweet love story with joy. Lives both well lived and loved. Sincerely expressed, Reneé Buhl

  2. joan shelby

    To the family of Verna Kobischka,.Verna was the matriarch of Sundstrand, she taught us young ladies how to embrace each other and help each other. We prayed with her when her only son was in the Military for his safe return. Fun stories of her only granddaughter and wanting to buy her a piano. Her and Ed taking pictures and going to the Butterfly Club for fish. We all lived vicariously though her life. Verna was an amazing friend and her beautiful smile will always be remembered.May God usher her into His Beautiful Kingdom.

  3. Jeff Havens

    I have fond memories of Aunt Verna. She was always supportive of our family's efforts to survive and thrive, and demonstrated this through many simple acts, such as remembering birthdays and offering opportunities to earn money through services rendered. Cutting the grass and painting the house on Rural Street were the ones I recall, at the moment. Rest in peace Aunt Verna.

  4. Maureen Rekemeyer

    Verna was a wonderful lady. Very sweet and so very funny. I worked with her at Sundstrand. She made work days seem easy.

  5. Vickie Kelly

    Prayers be with the family during this time of sorrow. Verna was a very sweet and special lady. I remember her fondly from working with her at Sundstrand for many years.


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