Submitted by: Dan Rich
Aug. 10, 1921 - Aug. 6, 2008
South Bend Tribune 8/9/2008
SOUTH BEND - Verna Belle "Ginger" Wood, 86 of Auten Road, died Wednesday afternoon in Our Lady of Peace Hospital, South Bend, She was born August 10, 1921, in South Bend to Lawrence and Marie (Surface) Williams who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were 10 brothers and sisters. On October 27, 1945, she married Robert W. Wood in Louisville, KY. He died in 1959. Verna worked for St. Mary's college as Director of Student Health Services in the 1970's through the 1980's, was a World War II veteran nurse, and was a member of the following; VFW Post 284, Facility of Notre Dame University Club, and Indiana State Nurses Assoc. She was a graduate of South Bend Central High School, St. Joseph and Holy Cross School of Nursing and Indiana University. She was on the South Bend Central Reunion Committee, and a member of I.U. Alumni, University Reunion Alumni, Nursing Alumni Association, and Caritas Mass & Card Club. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra J. (Jerry) Wiggins of South Bend; a son, Gregory A. (Linda) Wood of South Bend; nine grandchildren, Lisa, Todd, Robert, Jack, Sheree, Jeremy, Brett, Chad and Chris; 12 great-grandchildren, Casey, Tasha, Anna, Alexis, Brenda, Tori, Justin, McKayla, Jay, Sonia, Brianna and Jacob; and a sister, Eva Reynolds of Riverside, CA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday august 11 in Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend (933 and Darden Roads). Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the HICKEY funeral Home, 17131 Cleveland Road, where a Rosary will be said at 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until services Monday in the Church. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. A special thanks to the nurses and staff of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of Peace Hospital for their care and compassion to our mother.