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Velva A. Kurfiss

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – Velva Ann Kurfiss, 69, of Sterling, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

She was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the daughter of Paul William and Velma Lorene (Springer) Cameron. She was employed for 17 years as a qualified mental retardation professional at Krieder Services in Dixon, and retired in January 1993. Velva married John Charles “Gus” Kurfiss on March 16, 1986, in Kissimmee, Florida. She was a member of First Open Bible Church in Rock Falls.

Surviving are her husband, John “Gus” Kurfiss; her daughter, Karen Jo Lyles of Ashton; her son, James Douglas (Celeste) Lyles Jr. of Ashton; her sisters, Rilla Lenox, Bonnie (Bill) Bauser, and Hope (Douglas) Carolus, all of Sterling, and Sally (Jimmy) Click of Rochelle; her brothers, Richard (Linda) Cameron of Grand Prairie, Texas, Paul Thomas (Kelly) Cameron of Tempe, Arizona, Russell (Darlene) Cameron of Belvidere, and Robert (Angie) Cameron of Davenport, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Debbie Cameron of Rockford; two grandchildren, James Douglas (Whitney) Lyles III and Wade Robert Lyles; two great-grandchildren, Allyson Lyles and James Douglas Lyles IV; two aunts; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Lynn Lyles; her parents; her sisters, Lela Cameron and Wanda Cameron; and her brother, Paul W. Cameron Jr.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Open Bible Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Les Funderberg officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

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