Verna Rae Herziger

Date of Birth

April 9, 1921

Date of Death

January 3, 2018

Verna was born in Norfolk, VA in April, 96 years ago. As a young child, she came to California with her family and settled in Glendale – like the poster girl, ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Verna supported the war effort by working at Lockheed Aircraft Factory. While working at Lockheed, she met and married Carl Lloyd Herziger.

Following Carl’s return from war, he and Verna moved to Carl’s hometown of SB. They built 2 homes in which they raised their daughter and son.

Verna loved children, animals, the outdoors – she was a member of the Montecito Garden Club and volunteered at Cottage Hospital for 20 years. She made friends wherever she went. An avid hiker and walker, she was seen daily walking most of Montecito, and on Sundays, she walked along the beach art show, always with a big smile on her face and some kind words.

Verna was a devoted wife, loving mother, sister, daugther, grandmother, & great grandmother – and she was the best friend you could have. She was smart, caring, feisty, and funny, and will be missed by all that knew her.

Verna peacefully left us on 1/3/18 to continue her journey. No services are planned at this time.

Verna leaves behind her daughter Janice Herziger Collins, son Lloyd Herziger, grandson Dennis Nelson,
granddaughter Joy Nelson and her great grandson Chase Nelson.

Donations to consider are Alzheimers Association. Hospice of Santa Barbara, Humane Society of shelter of your choice.

Family gives special thanks to entire staff at Heritage House. They took our mom under their wings for 5 years – making her safe, secure & loved – you are all her angels.


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