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Vernalee Riewer

May 5, 1940 — March 18, 2015

Vernalee "Butch" Riewer, age 74 of Perham, MN died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Perham Living. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21 beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Perham Living chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Vernalee was born in Hibbing, MN on May 5, 1940 the daughter of Vernon and Norma (Garrison) Nygaard. Vernalee graduated from Moorhead High School and went on to graduate from Interstate Business School also in Moorhead. She was united in marriage to Donavon O'Brien on June 1, 1958 in Baker, MN. Together they farmed near Dent, MN. Vernalee worked at Rocky's Resort for 18 years and later managed the Perham VFW for 8 years. She was united in marriage to William Riewer in Fergus Falls, MN on April 21, 1993. Vernalee liked to read books, loved hummingbirds, flowers and bird watching. She was also a member of the Dent American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving Vernalee in death is her husband, William; her children, Kelly (Lori) O'Brien of Pelican Rapids, MN, Nathan O'Brien of Albertville, MN and Paige Siegert of Fargo, ND; her grandchildren, Molly, Adam and Emily Siegert and Dilana O'Brien.

Preceding Vernalee in death were her parents; and daughter-in-law, Pam O'Brien.

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