Vera  M. Hummel


Vera  M. Hummel, 84, of Wayne, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022  at her home at Kinship Pointe in Wayne.

 Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Visitation will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne. Private family interment will be in Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wayne.

Memorials may be directed to The Jim and Vera Hummel Scholarship Fund/Wayne State College Foundation.

Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne.

Vera Muree Churchill Hummel was born Aug. 14, 1938 in Woodbine Iowa to George H. Churchill and Ida Bintz Churchill. She was the youngest of 11 children.

She graduated from Woodbine High School and earned her bachelors and master’s degrees from Wayne State College. Vera married Jim Hummel on Dec. 28, 1958 in Woodbine Iowa. The couple lived in Mead, Nebraska for six years prior to moving to Wayne in 1964.

Vera retired in 2000 after serving as emeritus faculty at Wayne State College. She later served as a founding Director of Seeking the Spirit Within, the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA Institute of Spiritual Direction Formation; Spiritual Director; Spiritual Retreat Facilitator. She was a volunteer in hospice for many years; served as member of the Board of Trustees for Wayne State Foundation; served in many church roles at Our Savior Lutheran Church (organist, choir, council, committees).

She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who shared her faith, integrity, love, and care for others.

Survivors include her sons and families, Jay (Janet) Hummel of Yankton, South Dakota, Doug (Brenda) Hummel of Omaha and Mark (Becky) Hummel of Lincoln; seven grandchildren: Garrett (Michelle) Hummel, Hannah (Shelby) Sidel, Tyler Hummel, Nathan Hummel, Andrew (Maria) Hummel, Brooke Hummel, and Jordan Hummel; five great-grandchildren: Hailey and Hadley Hummel, Eleanor and Willa Sidel, and Henry Hummel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; parents, and 10 siblings: George, Lester, Ida May, Donald, Darlene, Gertrude, Fern, Paul, Raymond, and John, and a granddaughter, Courtney Nicole Hummel.