Verena R. Kays, 76, Ferdinand

Verena KaysVerena R. Kays, 76, of Ferdinand, died Saturday (December 7) in the emergency room of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born November 7, 1937, in Ferdinand to Louis and Ellnora (Morgan) Schwartz. She married Arbor Gene Kays November 21, 1955, in Winslow.

Mrs. Kays worked at Styline for 16 years. She retired from Aristocraft in 2003 after 17 years. She also worked part time for the Sisters of St. Benedict at the Hildegard Health Center. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and reading

She is survived one daughter, Donna Gentry, Ferdinand; one son, Mark Kays and wife Sandy, Huntingburg; one sister, Margie Bowman, Ferdinand; six grandchildren, Samantha Adams, Shawn Gentry, Travis Gentry, Ryan Kays, Jill Workman and Emily Kays; three great-grandchldren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arbor Gene Kays, who died on November 30, 1976, one sister, Lastie Hedinger, and two brothers, Albert Schwartz and Roman Schwartz.

Funeral services at 9:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg with burial following int Walnut Grove Cemetery in Velpen. Pastor Josh LaGrange will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Benedict.  Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on-line at

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