OBITUARY

Vera N. Hyland

March 18, 1925March 13, 2019

Vera Nadine (Kleppe) Hyland, 93, a resident of the Bishop Drumm Retirement Community, Johnston, IA, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2019 of natural causes. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.

Vera was born March 18, 1925, to Herman Kleppe and Mary (Yanecek) Sevig in Norway, Iowa. She lived most of her life in Iowa with a brief but “wonderful” few years in Orlando, FL during World War II, where she was active in the chamber of commerce and various military service organizations, and had a part-time modeling career.

Moving back to Walford, IA, her cousin, Ray Waychoff, introduced her to a former Cedar Rapids Rockets professional baseball teammate of his, William D. Hyland. They fell in love and were married on September 15, 1951 at the Great Lakes Naval Base where he was stationed. They moved back to Iowa to raise a family and were together until his death in 2007. She moved into the Bishop Drumm Retirement community in 2008 and enjoyed the community life there until her death.

Vera is survived by her four sons, William Mark Hyland of Des Moines, IA, Steven (Lou Ann) Hyland of Windsor Heights, IA, Daniel Hyland, of Chandler, AZ and Michael (Susan) Hyland of Charles City, IA; and two brothers, Gordon (Shirley) Sevig of Walford, IA and Dale (Susan) Sevig of Goodyear, AZ. Vera was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved sister, Joy Kleppe Corbett; husband, Bill; and a grand-daughter, Khristina Riles.

Vera loved her family and even though they were scattered all over the country, she enjoyed their visits especially when all could be together. She also loved music, playing the piano, especially when her sister Joy accompanied her on the violin, watching baseball, travelling, board games, puzzles, as well as reading and journaling. Vera volunteered and participated in the many events held at the retirement community and acted as ambassador for new residents. She was given a long life and though we must say goodbye to her now we can rest assured that she was welcomed with loving arms into her new heavenly, eternal home. She will be missed.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Bishop Drumm Retirement Community.

  • FAMILY

  • Vera is survived by her four sons, William Mark Hyland of Des Moines, IA, Steven (Lou Ann) Hyland of Windsor Heights, IA, Daniel Hyland, of Chandler, AZ and Michael (Susan) Hyland of Charles City, IA; and two brothers, Gordon (Shirley) Sevig of Walford, IA and Dale (Susan) Sevig of Goodyear, AZ. Vera was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved sister, Joy Kleppe Corbett; husband, Bill; and a grand-daughter, Khristina Riles.

Services

28 March

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

McLarens Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary

801 - 19th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

28 March

Funeral Service

11:00 am

McLarens Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary

801 - 19th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

REMEMBERING

Vera N. Hyland

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Chris Hyland

March 19, 2019

I did not get to see her often living in AZ but I vividly remember making fresh apple sauce with her at a young age. Also remember ironing colorful fall leaves in between 2 pieces of parchment paper to be able to keep them. She would only talk on the phone for a minute or 2 because she thought there was still long distance charges. We tried to explain, but that was her. Just meant our conversations were to the point and meaningful. The first thing she ever said to my wife when she met her was “you took his last name, right?” We all laughed but she needed to be sure. That was grandma, she was protective of her family, would do anything for us, and most of all loving. We will miss her greatly but I am happy she is finally at peace up with grandpa.

Sherri Haynes

March 18, 2019

What a beautiful soul Vera was! When I think of her these words come to my mind: Beauty. Grace. Humility. Unconditional love. I have very fond memories of her welcoming me into her family . I loved her smile and how her eyes would sparkle when she smiled! She will be greatly missed. I pray for comfort for her family .
Sherri

Mark Hyland

March 17, 2019

Being the only woman in a household of 5 men is not easy but my mother always kept everything together and made sure that we were a family with lots of love. She also embraced our various girlfriends and wives as her own daughters. And I know that they all thought of her as their own mother. She was the glue that held us together and will be greatly missed.

Heather Walters

March 16, 2019

My favorite memory was the many sleep overs I had at grandmas house as a child. She spoiled me rotten and we went to the grocery store to pick out what I wanted to eat. She had 4 boys so when she tried to do my hair she always struggled and said it was too slippery. My kids loved their visits with great grandma recently as she was at bishop. We would go visit and during our visits they would color and leave her beautiful pictures. We even left her crayons so she could color😀 She was the best grandma ever and am glad I was lucky to live close to her and get alot of time in with her. She will be greatly missed.

Jennifer Steelman

March 16, 2019

What a beautiful, dignified, enlightening and loving woman my grandmother was and always will be in my heart! She has always been an important and beloved part of my life but I was especially blessed this last year to be able to be with her and share many thoughts and memories together. She is even more of an inspiration and gem in my heart now more than ever. I hope her forever life is filled with only happiness, joy,peace and beauty. I am at a loss for all the words I really want to say but I and our family will miss you more than you'll ever know !! Love you Grandma

Dale and Susan Sevig

March 16, 2019

What a wonderful sister I so looked up to as a kid when she would come home to Iowa all dressed up like I had never seen before. I respected her very much for being a wonderful daughter to Mother and as a mother herself to her boys.

We enjoyed our visits with her in her last years and we are so grateful she had a wonderful home among friends and family

Love ya Sister Dale (Little Bro) and Susan

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY