Vera Mae Bradley passed away peacefully in her home on October 28, 2022, with her husband and children by her side. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 4, at 11:00 AM at Divine Mercy Parish ~ St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bancroft with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 Friday at the church.
Vera was born on July 29, 1928, in Whittemore, to Alfred and Esther (Fandel) Semon. She was the youngest of four daughters who have all preceded her in death: Rosemary Limberg, Annabelle Courtney and Marie Welp. Vera graduated from St Cecelia’s Academy of Algona where she was a cheerleader for four years.
Following graduation, she spent two years as an assistant in an Algona dental office followed by six years at Pioneer Seed’s main office in Algona where she was the bookkeeper and receptionist. Vera married Pat Bradley from Bancroft at St Cecelia’s on January 15, 1955, and they moved to a farm near Burt, where they raised their four children: Patrick of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Ann (Scott Mount-Campbell) of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Mark (Rebecca) of Edwardsville, Illinois and James (Lisa) who live at the family farm near Burt.
A devout Catholic, Vera taught Religious Nurture classes for 22 years for Exceptional Opportunities in Burt and also served on their Board of Directors for many years. Exceptional Opportunities was a cause she wholeheartedly supported. Vera taught 4th grade Religious Studies at St John’s Catholic Church for many years and was the bookkeeper for Bradley Supply Company for nearly 30 years. She was an avid Bridge player and she and Pat enjoyed mixed doubles tennis for many years. After hanging up her racquet, Vera and Pat spent over 20 years playing three games of backgammon every evening.
In 1978, Vera and Pat had the honor of attending a gala for select Iowa Democrats in the East Wing of the White House where they danced to the music of the Marine Band. Vera was diagnosed with dementia in 2005, and has been lovingly cared for by Pat, her husband of 67 years, ever since. In addition to Pat and her 4 children, Vera is survived by 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their families. Vera and her beautiful smile and loving demeanor will be dearly missed by her entire family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Vera’s honor may be made to Exceptional Opportunities, PO Box 40, 119 S. Jones Street, Algona, IA, 50511.