On May 8, 2006, VERNA M. RIERSON (nee Burchette); beloved wife of the late John S. Rierson; devoted mother of Johnny L. Rierson and his wife Janet and Carolyn D. Hower and her husband Jerry. Also survived by three sisters, two brothers, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 518 Franklin Avenue on Friday at 11 A.M. Visiting hours will be held at the Connelly Funeral Home of Essex, 300 Mace Avenue on Thursday 3-5 and 7-9 P.M. Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 518 Franklin Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21221.