Verna Koepsel of Getzville died Friday in Rosa Coplon Home after a brief illness. She was 86.
Born Verna Robert in Getzville, she had to travel by train every day to Tonawanda High School, from which she graduated in 1935. She was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Eggertsville.
Her husband, Alvin W., died in 1979.
Survivors include a sister, Rena Fraser of Grand Island; and a brother, Lee Robert of Getzville.
Private graveside services will be held in Skinnersville Cemetery, Amherst.