Veronica L. (Underwood) Zoller, age 88, Rochester
Veronica L. (Underwood) Zoller, age 88 of Rochester passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester. Veronica Lucille Kvasnicka was born on December 13, 1926, in Owatonna to Joseph and Stella Kvasnicka. She grew up on a farm in Pratt and graduated from Owatonna High School. Veronica worked in Washington, D.C., as a secretary for the Department of Defense during World War II. She later worked for the U.S. Post Office in Blooming Prairie and Rochester, and also worked in the radiology department at the Mayo Clinic, retiring from there in 1990. In 1947, Veronica married Harland McGuiness, and her first child was born the following year. In 1954 she married Howard Underwood and seven children were born to this union. She married Kenneth Zoller in 1992 and he preceded her in death in August of 2014 at the age of 100. ‘Roni’ and Ken spent their early years of marriage in Longville in northern Minnesota. She loved to cook and bake and together they enjoyed dancing, long walks, gardening, fishing, golfing, playing cards and dice, and most of all spending time with their family and friends. She always credited their longevity to all the fish they caught and ate. They later lived in Owatonna, Harmony and Rochester. Roni had a deep faith and lived her life accordingly.
Veronica is survived by her seven children, Dan (Nan) McGuiness of St. Paul, Mary K. Underwood (Ben Henderson) of Boone, North Carolina, Pat (Mary Beth) Underwood of Rochester, Laurie Bienko of Deep Gap, North Carolina, Jack (Kim) Underwood of Austin, Joan Underwood of Deep Gap, North Carolina, and Kathy (Dick) Goodman of Rochester. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Molly, Kati, Sev, Patrick, Hector, Jesse, Kelly, Dustin, Jaime, Domenick, Howie, Haley and Alexa; four great-grandchildren; and one brother Don (Joanne) Kvasnicka of Mankato. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken, one son Michael, her parents, four sisters and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held at Pax Christi Church in Rochester on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.