Veronica ‘Verne’ Duda, 98, of California, PA, passed away, Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Havencrest Nursing Center. Verne was born in Latrobe on September 30, 1914. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr Michael “Ki” Duda, who prior to his death in 1968, was the former president of California University, with tenure from 1956-1968; a son-in-law, John Hermiller, who passed away in 2001; and a sister Martha Kral, of McKeesport. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Duda Hermiller of Wakefield, MA and two grandchildren, Heidi Hermiller and Michael Duda Hermiller. Verne was catholic by faith. Friends will be received 10 A.M. until 12 P.M. Monday in the Ferguson Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 700 Broad Avenue, Belle Vernon. (724-929-5300) www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com A blessing service will be held in the funeral home at 12 P.M. Monday with Rev. Msgr. Roger A. Statnick officiating. Interment will follow in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.