Vera Joyce Wargowsky, 88, of Beloit, WI, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Azura Memory Care in Beloit.

Vera was born on June 29, 1927 in The Town of Troy, WI, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Brereton) Smale. She graduated from Whitewater High School in 1945. Vera married Harold Leach on July 27, 1946 in Little Prairie, WI. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1994. Vera married Gordon Wargowsky on August 24, 1996 in Beloit. He preceded her in death on September 9, 2014. Vera worked for many years on the sales floor at the JCPenny Department Store in Beloit, retiring in 1992.

Vera was a long-time member of Central Christian Church in Beloit. She sang for many years with The Golden Aires. She volunteered at Premier Care in Beloit, and enjoyed meeting with her bridge club.

Vera is survived by her three daughters, Gail (James) Hughes of Rockford, IL, Terri (Richard) Hosterman of Kiel, WI, and Nicole Yoss of Janesville, WI; a son, Harold A. Leach of Beloit; eleven grandchildren, Christopher Lynch, Jamison Lynch, Matthew Lynch, Richard Hosterman, Joshua Hosterman, Jennie Vahakangas, Jeremy Hosterman, Abraham Leach, Chad Kellogg, Adam Yoss, and Eric Yoss; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Bogie.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by funeral services on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Central Christian Church in Beloit with David Meding officiating.

A committal service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Little Prairie Cemetery in Little, Prairie.

Hansen-Gravitt Funeral Home 424 Prospect Street, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511 is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to either Central Christian Church or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Online condolences can be shared at

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