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Elvera A Slabey

Elvera A Slabey

Elvera Ann Slabey, age 91, of Durand, passed away July 28, 2017 at her home.

Vera was born in Edina, MN on February 22, 1926 to Sylvester and Eva(Motzko) Fautsch. She graduated from Southwest High School, then worked for the Dayton Co. and Billman Mortuary. On August 31, 1949, she married Richard F. Slabey.

Music was always Vera's passion and while raising her four children, she also taught countless others the joys of playing the piano. She played many recitals in the area over the years and was an organist at Faith Lutheran Church. After her children were grown she started a program called Music Involvement to bring Music Therapy to geriatric patients in hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was also instrumental in bringing a Music Therapy program to the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and wrote and published three books on Geriatric Music Therapy that are still a part of teaching programs all over the world.

Vera and Richard were charter members of Faith Lutheran Church in Durand, helped start Community Arts in Durand and were founding members of the Pepin County Historical Society to preserve the last remaining wood framed courthouse in Wisconsin.

Vera enjoyed traveling with her family, boating on the Mississippi river, golf and sharing her musical gifts with others. She loved football, often being more entertaining than the game itself, and enjoyed basketball, particularly when the Warriors were winning...

She is survived by her daughters Jonette of Las Vegas, NV, and Kristin (Christopher) Fish of Mequon, WI, sons Steve (Maggie) of Chippewa Falls and Paul (Jan) of Menomonie and grandchildren Tyler Slabey, Genna Fish and Rachel and Matthew Slabey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 63 years, Richard, brother George Fautsch, sister Genevive Chance and grandson, Alexander Fish.

A Celebration of Vera's Life will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church in Durand with Rev. Valerie Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Durand. Visiation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.


  1. Dean Tabor

    I just read your mothers obituary and I'm so sorry to hear about her passing. It's been along time since I've seen her but I always remember her as a very nice lady. God's blessings to your family. Dean Tabor

  2. Angela

    So very sorry for you loss. Vera taught me to play piano, love music, and find my own tune. God Bless her. I will always honor all the creativity she she shared with her students and the community.

  3. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Vera. She was a very nice lady to chat with at the Library. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  4. Dick and Doshie Grey

    We re so sorry to read of Vera's Passing. She was quite the lady. I have very fond memories of her as a civic leader in Durand and also as our Drum Corp leader.

  5. Pat Lammer

    So sorry for your loss Paul, Jan, and family. She
    Was a wonderful person.

  6. Tom & Jacque Evenson

    So sorry for your loss! May memories of this special lady bring you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Jan Hagness McChesney

    My deepest sympathy to the whole Slabey family. Vera was one of the last of the leading ladies of Durand!

  8. Chuck and Lois Laehn

    You have our sympathy. Vera and Dick did so much for the City of Durand. Thank you

  9. Pat Petrie / Kurth

    My deepest sympathy to Kristen and all the family in the loss of your Mom. She was always so positive and outgoing--such a Lady!! I was so blessed to be involved with Vera and Dick in some of the Community Arts Productions. My thoughts go out to my talented student, Kristen, and all of you.b

  10. Brenda Weisnebeck

    Jonette and family.....prayers and thoughts are sent your way on the passing of your Mom. I remember her so well as we were growing up. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend her funeral and see you. But, thinking of you at this difficult time.

  11. Neil and Pat McNaughton

    Sending thoughts and prayers to you, Jonette, and your family.

  12. Roger & Marie

    So very sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers for your family.

  13. Eric & Doreen Olson

    So sorry for your loss! She will be missed as she left behind a legacy of great accomplishments in her lifetime.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  14. Colleen Weiss

    My sympathies to the Slabey family. Vera was a very wonderful and "classy" lady. What a gem to our town.

  15. Roger Johnson

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to each of you.

  16. Monica Heitman

    Rest in peace Vera! I have very found memories of Vera sharing her great gift of music. The King sisters were blessed to be her guest at the nursing home once in a while! My sympathy to all the family!

  17. Mike Welsh

    My parents, Dick and Bernie Welsh loved Dick and Vera Slabey and enjoyed their company while we lived in Durand.

  18. Patricia Ross ( Knutson)

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was quite the lady! I remember her especially from Drum and Bugle Corps. She was very talented. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jonette and family.

  19. Judy John Parr

    Hope u all take we are thinking of u

  20. Rita M (Riedner) Conlin nlin

    My sympathies to all of your family on the death of your Mom! Am in South Dakota on vacation until the 6th of August so will be unable to attend your Mom's service! Vera was a very special lady and I will always remember her kindness to the Riedner family and to my husband Fred as he and your Dad would travel to Wabasha for haircuts! Great Lady!

  21. Jan Drier

    Vera was such a sweet lady and always a smile on her face! My Sympathy to you all!

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