Vernelle Mae Dostal, 86, of Decorah, formerly of Waucoma and Ossian, died Sunday evening, Jan. 5, 2014, at Gundersen Health Center in La Crosse, Wis. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma, with Monsignor Cletus Hawes officiating. Mass servers were Allan Schmitt and Florian Langreck. Lectors were Mike Schmitt and Terry Rosendahl. Gift bearers were Kathy Fleming and Mary Ann Rosendahl. Eucharistic ministers were Barbara Jirak, Carole Burke, Pat Bouska and Shirley Riha. Organist was Mary Dietzenbach. Soloist was Jim Mihm . St. Mary's Choir sang "On Eagle's Wings," "Here I am, Lord," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "How long has it been?" and "How Great Thou Art." Honorary casketbearers were Tami Staut, Terry Rosendahl, Melissa Snyder, Mike Schmitt, Nicole Steele, Kristin Stoffel, Angie Redmond, Heidi Wormley, Nathan Schmitt, Eric Fleming and Emily Fleming. Interment is at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Waucoma, at a later date. Arrangements were handled by Schluter - Balik Funeral Home, Chekal Chapel, Fort Atkinson.

Vernelle Mae Dostal was born April 20, 1927, in Waucoma, the daughter of Edward and Helen Jirak, Sr. Vernelle attended country school and later Rudolphinum High School in Protivin, where she graduated in 1944. She continued her studies at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. In 1946, Vernelle married Roy Schmitt; they lived in Jackson Junction. Roy died in 1974. Vernelle worked as head cook at Turkey Valley School from 1960 to 1978. To this day students have come up to her and commented how great she was as a cook and how they loved her meals. She was a life-long member of the Catholic Daughters and Rosary Society of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma. In 1978, she married W.A. Dostal and moved to Bryan, Texas and later to College Station, Texas. They moved back to Ossian in 1997 and in May of 2008 moved to the Arlin Falck Assisted Living in Decorah. Vernelle and W.A. enjoyed many trips together. They enjoyed driving the Texas country roads, sightseeing in California, old southern states, Washington D.C., Wyoming and two trips to the Czech Republic. Vernelle loved to crochet and provided all her family with tablecloths, bedspreads, and doilies. She loved her garden and flowers. She continued to garden on their patio even after their move to Assisted Living. Her greatest love was for her family from the youngest to the oldest. She gave her family many happy moments and memories.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, W.A. Dostal, Decorah; three sons: John (Mary Jo) Schmitt, Nisswa, Minn.; Thomas (Mae) Schmitt, Jackson Junction; Steven (Brenda) Schmitt, Katy, Texas; two daughters, MaryAnn (Dennis) Rosendahl, Des Moines and Kathryn (Brian) Fleming, Lincoln, Neb.; one stepson, Chris (Deb) Dostal, Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren: Tami (Greg) Staut, Englewood, Colo.; Terry (Deb) Rosendahl, West Des Moines; Melissa (Chad) Snyder, Urbandale; Mike (Susie) Schmitt, North Mankato, Minn.; Nicole (Troy) Steele, Pequot Lakes, Minn.; Kristin (Paul) Stoffel, Mankato, Minn.; Angie (Darrin) Redmond, Iowa Falls; Heidi (Bryan) Wormley, Nevis, Minn.; Nathan Schmitt, Katy, Texas; Eric (Jessica) Fleming, Lincoln, Neb.; and Emily (Aaron Louchart) Fleming, Chicago, Ill.; and 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim (Barbara) Jirak, Protivin; sisters- and brother-in-law: Cecelia O'Rourke, Calif.; Helen Jirak, Fort Atkinson; Eleanor Dostal, New Hampton; Alfred (Arlene) Schmitt, Waucoma; and Alvina Bodensteiner, S.D.

Vernelle was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Jirak, Sr.; her first husband, Roy Schmitt; one grandson, Matthew Schmitt; one brother, Edward Jirak, Jr.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Arlin Falck Assisted Living Van Fund, 911 Ridgewood Drive, Decorah, IA 52101, or donor's choice.