Vernabelle (Brokate) Lenke, 87, formerly of 1515 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, and Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. Ohio 163, Oak Harbor, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor, after an illness.
She was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Port Clinton. She was a 1943 graduate of Port Clinton High School and was employed at Mr. Wiggs for nine years, Herman's Furniture for five years, and Sears Department Store for three years.
Vernabelle was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sandusky. She enjoyed helping older people.
Mrs. Lenke is survived by three sons, Thomas C. Lenke, of Reston, Va., Steven M (Mary) Lenke, of Charles Town, W.Va., and John C. (Laura) Lenke, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, Diane (Frederick Lenke III) Lenke, of Sandusky; five grandchildren, Tina (Lenke) Walton, Jeffery Lenke, Adam Lenke, Jaime Lenke, and Mitchell Lenke; four great-grandchildren, Unique (Nikki Powell), Jessica Walton, Jonathan Walton and Kylar Lenke; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaleb Towner and Londyn Towner; two sisters, Velma McMillin and Doris Berry; and a brother, Myron, all of Euclid, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded into death by her husband, Frederick “Jack” Lenke Jr. in 1980; her son, Frederick “Rick” Lenke III, in 2012; her parents, Clarence and A. Adelaide (Rademacher) Brokate; a granddaughter, Sue Ann Lenke; one sister in infancy; and her grandparents, John and Sophie (Meter) Brokate and Charles and Ellena (Sass) Rademacher.
Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 22, at Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St., Port Clinton. The Rev. Karl Kessler will officiate. She will be buried beside her husband in Roose Cemetary, Oak Harbor. A luncheon gathering of friends will follow at St Paul Lutheran church, rural Oak Harbor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St John Lutheran Church, 207 Adams St., Port Clinton, Lutheran Home of Mercy in Williston, Ohio, or the Heart Fund.