Note: Vera L. Cowan, 81, of 932 S. Blaine Ave., Sioux Falls, SD died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM Saturday, Jan. 17, at St. Lambert Catholic Church, with burial at St. Michael Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Vera L. Reif, daughter of John and Agnes (Rea) Reif, was born May 13, 1922 at Salem, SD. She grew up there and attended St. Mary's Catholic School. During WWII, she moved to Sioux Falls and began work at Woolworth's Department Store. Vera married Charles Cowan on May 24, 1941 at Luverne, MN. They lived in Sioux Falls where Vera continued to work for Woolworth's for about 15 years. She was a member of St. Lambert Catholic Church. Survivors include her daughter, Sherri (Dennis) Richmond, Hartford, SD; a daughter-in-law, Helen Hedley; 4 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Wallace Grundeman, Dallas, TX; 2 nieces, Pam (Steve) Blankenship, Dallas, TX; DeVona (Claus) Terlau, Sioux Falls, SD; 2 nephews, Wayne Anderson, Manhattan, KS; Dennis Anderson, Bridgewater, SD; and a special friend, Jeanette Ball, Sioux Falls, SD. She was preceded in death by her husband; 1 son, Gary; and 2 sisters, Esther Anderson and Evelyn Grundeman.
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