Verlene Harris

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Verlene M. Harris, nee Luebbers, 78, of Freeburg, IL, born July 1, 1942, in Red Bud, IL, died Friday, August 21, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Harris worked as a secretary and a customer service representative for various companies in the area prior to her retirement.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL. She was active in the Freeburg Food Pantry and MindsEye Radio at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Verlene was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, David L. Harris, whom she married on November 25, 1965, and who died on July 22, 2017; her parents, Luke G. and Eleanor E., nee Buescher, Luebbers; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Lucille Harris; a sister, Marilyn Farnsworth; and a nephew, Brad Schaefer.

Surviving are her daughter, Maria Harris (Scott Krupa) of Ashland, OR;
a brother, David (Sharon) Luebbers of Freeburg, IL;
two sisters, Betty Kimura of California, and Linda (Jim) Steiner of Tennessee;
three brothers-in-law, Allen Farnsworth of Millstadt, IL, Donald (Cathy) Harris of Freeburg, IL, and Stephen (Connie) Harris of Collinsville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Debt Reduction Fund or to Heartland Hospice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Burial of cremains will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


8 Comments on Verlene Harris

Karen J Wolf said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2020 at 4:15 AM

Maria, I'm sorry to learn of your Mom's passing, and remember what a lovely lady she was. I wish you peace and hope you're well.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Melissa Kaegel said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2020 at 12:31 AM

We would volunteer together at Minds Eye and Verlene was fun to read with. She will be missed.

  • Lebanon
  • IL
David Mitchell said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2020 at 8:56 AM

Maria, so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. She was such a pleasant and nice person and I know she will be missed by many.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
ANGELA GRUCHALA said : Guest Report Aug 27, 2020 at 6:30 AM

My deepest sympathy to Maria and the family. Your mom was such a kind and caring person. She always had a smile for anyone she met. May wonderful memories help you through this difficult time

  • GA
Andy & Dorothy Surmeier said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2020 at 4:33 PM

We express our sympathy to her family she was a very nice person always spoke when we saw her many times in church with her mother in St Libory, Il had a smile all the time we grew up with her in St. Libory and her sister Marilyn was in Dorothy's class in school shame they both died this year hope they are having a nice time in heaven together now at peace at last as they both suffered years with cancer gone, but never to be forgotten by us.

  • Venedy
  • Il
Betty Kimura said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2020 at 3:03 PM

I will always remember and cherish the good memories we shared through the years. When she and Dave visited Calif. We had such fun playing scrabble and pinnacle. They were both much better players than me, so I seldom won and then more by accident. There were many, many more too numerous to list. So long dear sister. You will be missed.

  • Santa Ana
  • California
Ken and Suzie Schaefer said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2020 at 3:12 PM

We want to offer our sympathy to Verlene’s family and friends. She was a very special lady. She always had a quick smile and kind word. Ken enjoyed spending time with Dave “back in the day”. She will be dearly missed. Sending virtual hugs to you all!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Tonia said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Sharing in your sadness as I remember what a tremendous mother,friend, and confidant Verlene was. Rest in peace.

  • Up North
  • MN

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