NORWALK, Conn. Nedra Elaine Ohmstede Werme of Norwalk died Aug. 1 at her home after a long illness. She was 85.
Werme was raised on a farm in Guide Rock, Neb., the only child of Ella and Eddie "Baker" Ohmstede. She studied piano and started played the organ at the local church at the age of 10.
Her musical studies continued at Hastings College, the University of Nebraska and the University of Michigan. It was at Michigan, while singing in the university choir, that she met Robert Werme. They were married in 1949 in Hartford, Mich.
After receiving a degree in music education from the University of Michigan in 1950, Werme taught public schools in Livonia, Mich., before having children. In 1955, the family returned to her husband's hometown of Norwalk.
While raising four children, Werme taught at Norwalk public schools and directed the children's and family choirs at First Congregational Church on the Green. She also served as chair of the organ restoration committee.
Werme co-produced and directed the musical, "Emmanuel," at the church. She was a board member of Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center. She also worked as an administrative assistant at Norwalk Electric Company for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; two sons, Robert Werme Jr. and Kim Werme; two daughters, Dawn Werme Pratson and Arden Donahue; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church on the Green in Norwalk. Interment will be private. Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home and Crematory is handling arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.
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