Valera Gross Henke was born in a farm home near Western, Neb. on Jan. 15, 1923, she was the only child of Leonard and Katie Gross. She died May 18, 2011 at Gardenside Long Term Care in Fairbury.
She graduated from Western High School in 1940.
She was united in marriage to Raymond Henke on Jan. 9, 1944.
Through the years she worked at Brown's Grocery Store, sold Avon, cooked at Velma's Café and also at the Western Public School.
Her hobbies were cooking and quilting. She belonged to a quilting club in Western. She also raised a garden with lots of strawberries and she did a lot of canning of peas and beans, etc.
She was a lifetime member of St. John's United Church of Christ, where she and her husband were church secretary and treasurer for many years.
She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.