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Gabriel Diamon Verna 1924 - 2016
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Gabriel Diamon Verna 1924 - 2016

Gabriel Diamond Verna, 92, died Dec. 25, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center of Ellinwood. He was born Dec. 13, 1924, at Priest River, Idaho, he was the son of John and Matilda (Nacarrato) Verna. On June 19, 1943, he married Laura L. Ellis, at Pasadena, Calif. She died June 20, 2016. He was a machinist for South Precision Products.
Mr. Verna was a United States Army veteran, serving as a medic with the 229th General Hospital in the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters for 12 months tending to 120 patients. He was a member of St. Louise Catholic Church and American Legion, both in California.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Thielenhaus and her husband Arlyn of Great Bend, and Rita VandenBergh and her husband Hans of Apple Valley, Calif; one sister, Geneva of Hemet, Calif.; five grandchildren, Tammy Lopez and her husband Santa Cruz of Apple Valley, Calif., Sean Winter of Wichita, Ryan Winter and his wife Lesli of San Clemente, Calif., Tim Thielenhaus and his wife Evelyn of Novato, Calif., and Mark Thielenhaus and his wife Michelle of Lodi, Calif.; and 10 great-grandchildren, Bobby Fry, Andres Lopez, Madisen Winter, Jade Winter, Grace Winter, Kate Winter, Abigail Fry, Emily Thielenhaus, Crystal Thielenhaus, Bryden Thielenhaus and Chantel Thielenhaus. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Verna; and two sisters, Theresa and Dorothy.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Great Bend Cemetery North in Great Bend with Pastor Arlyn Thielenhaus officiating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery North. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials have been established with Woodhaven Care Center or Almost Home, Inc., in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, Ks. 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 27, 2016