Cover photo for Vera M Reddish's Obituary
Vera M Reddish Profile Photo
1925 Vera 2021

Vera M Reddish

March 3, 1925 — November 25, 2021

Vera M. Reddish, 96, of Grand Island died November 25, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island. Funeral service will be 1:30 PM Friday, December 3, 2021, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Masks are required. Burial will follow at Grand Island City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 PM on Thursday, December 2nd at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Grand Island Special Olympics. Online condolences may be directed to

Vera M. Reddish was born at her home in Ravenna, NE on March 3, 1925, with her beloved “Mamow” Benesh assisting as midwife. Her parents were Frank Vincent Benesh and Alta John Benesh. The first 11 years of her life, Vera lived in Ravenna. Then after several moves, she and her mother settled in Alliance, NE, where Vera graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1943.

In 1945, Vera married Albert T. Reddish. To this marriage, which dissolved in1969, five children were born and were Vera’s deepest pride and devotion. During those years she enjoyed sewing and baking, making most of her children’s clothing, including her daughter’s wedding gown. She is well remembered for her delicious coffee cakes and Christmas breads that she shared with many. Vera was very active in her beloved Episcopal church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and on the Altar Guild. She was also a Bluebird leader, den mother, and song group leader for an award winning 4-H group. Vera was initiated into Chapter A.H. P.E.O. in Alliance, and then became a charter member of Chapter H.J. in Grand Island. In 2019, she was honored at the State P.E.O. Convention for being a 70-year member.

She started her career as secretary/bookkeeper with Sloan Irrigation in Alliance, then moved to Grand Island where she first worked at Exec Air and then for Harold “Skeez” Green in his various businesses. When he sold Green Body and Equipment to Doug Keller, she worked for him at Eustis Body Shop until she retired in 2000.

Vera was instrumental in starting Special Olympics in Grand Island in 1978. She became a State Board member in 1980 and was chosen as the winner of the Torch Club Award for outstanding female volunteer in 1982. On her 90th birthday, the family celebration needed to wait until she finished time trials for the skating team! Quite a legacy!!

Survivors include her children: Tibb Reddish, Nancy (Curt) Youngman, Jim Benesh, and Tom Reddish; and by the lights of her life, her grandchildren: Jeffrey (Shannon) Youngman of Nashville, TN, Laura (Todd) Youngman Wolfe of Brighton, CO, and Zacchaeus E. Benesh of Genoa, NE.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Anne Louise; grandson, Johnny Moyor; and three-day old baby brother.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Vera M Reddish, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, December 2, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Friday, December 3, 2021

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

422 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

Masks are Required

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 2

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree