A resident of the Twin City area since she was an infant, Vera was a former member of the Dennison Eagles and Uhrichsville Moose Ladies’ Auxiliaries who loved dancing. She was employed in her early years at many local area restaurants, beginning as a young waitress (“and a darned good one, too”, as she always said) at the Broadway Lunch in Steubenville where a young Dean Martin often visited. She had also been a waitress at the Twin City Lunch, Sunrise Grill, Green’s Restaurant, the East End Restaurant and the Edgefield Tavern. She was employed by the former Scio Pottery, Dennison Pottery and Canton Hercules, as well.
In her spare time, Vera enjoyed watching old classic movies and working crossword puzzles which she was able to do up to the age of 89. She was an animal lover, especially of dogs and cats, and she also housed many unusual, different species of animals at the request of her sons. Through life’s ups and downs, she remained strong-willed and persistent. She will be remembered lovingly by her family as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
On July 1, 1946, Vera married Walter J. Howell, Sr. with whom she enjoyed 50 years of marriage until his passing on September 14, 1996. They are survived by a son, Mike (Betty “Cookie”) Howell, Sr. of Tuscarawas; a daughter, Kim (Dale) Watson of Dennison; 13 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter with 2 more great-great-grandchildren expected. Vera is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Walter “Bucky” Howell, Jr. and Tim Howell; a granddaughter; and a brother, Guido Prevedel.
Services for Vera, officiated by Pastor Scot Caley, will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Interment will follow beside her beloved husband in Uhrichsville’s Union Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Those wishing to honor her memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 6895 Dover-Zoar Rd., Dover, OH 44622.
“If I had a nickel,
You know what I would do.
I’d spend it all on candy
And give it all to you.”
R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc.of Dennison