Iola Wernli

07/14/1931 - 01/03/2019

Obituary for Iola Wernli

Funeral services for Iola Wernli, 87, of Perry, IA will be 11:00 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Perry. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill (Prairie Center) Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Iola passed away January 3, 2019 at Rowley Masonic Home.

Vivian Iola Liles was born July 14, 1931 the daughter of Jay and Opal (Hazen) Liles in Ringgold County near Mt. Ayr, IA. She attended schools and graduated with the class of 1949 from Mt. Ayr High School.

Iola married LeRoy Wernli in Des Moines, IA on November 24, 1950 and moved to Perry where they spent the entirety of their lives. Iola was a devoted wife and mother and had worked at Medal Gold before her retirement.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Dennis Wernli (Deb) of Woodward, IA and Bradenton, FL., Rick Wernli of Perry, IA; daughter Tami Ridgway Ebel (Ed) of Lake in the Hills, IL.; eight grandchildren Lisa Jones (Mike), Jenni Good, Andrew Wernli, Jeff Wernli, Stacy Parker (Eric), Michael Wernli, Justin Ridgway (Megan), Lindsey Ruiz (George); many great grandchildren as well as extended family Randy and Becky Rueter and their children Michael & Leah.

Preceding Iola in death were her parents, husband in 2011, one son James Wernli, son-in-law Kent Ridgway, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorials in Iola’s name will be directed to St Croix Hospice and may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home, Perry, Iowa. Online condolences may be left at

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