Vera Louise Rhodes

            Vera Louise Rhodes, age 86 of Pittsfield formerly of New Berlin died Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. She was born May 17, 1931 in Pittsfield, the daughter of Irvin and Anna Mae Belford Gerard. She married Charles Eugene Rhodes May 4, 1952 in Arkansas and he preceded her in death November 5, 2016

          She is survived by a brother, Estill (Barbara) Gerard of Lincoln, and a nephew, Mark Guthrie of Pittsfield. She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Vera worked for M.D. King Milling Company in Pittsfield, New Berlin School District, and Warren Boynton State Bank in New Berlin. She was past President of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #743. She attended many American Legion National Conventions through the years. She was a member of Island Grove Methodist Church in New Berlin.

          Funeral services will be held 12:00 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield with burial to follow in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or donors choice. Condolences may be left online at