She attended Ferris Elementary and, later, both R.C. Palmer Secondary and Richmond Secondary. It was in Grade 11, at the age of sixteen, that Verena met—and then began dating—future husband Ramon Klose. After graduation from high school, she went on to Kwantlen University College in Richmond and then to Simon Fraser University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in both history and English. She continued her studies at UBC’s Faculty of Education, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in education and her teaching certificate. Verena also received a post-baccalaureate diploma in education from Simon Fraser University. Verena’s passion for literature found its outlet in her career path in the ensuing 14 years, as she taught at various schools in Richmond including Steveston Secondary, London Secondary, R.C. Palmer Secondary and R.A. McMath Secondary.
As a teen and young adult, she was very involved with the 11th Richmond Scouts group, in both the Venturer and then Rovers program. She was also a member of the Aquanauts Swim Club.
In 2003, she and Ramon were married; four years later they welcomed daughter Keira. As a first-time mother, Verena brought her desire for connecting with others and her enthusiasm for being an active and involved resident of the city to a new level as she dove head-first into a variety of local parenting groups, taking a leadership role in hosting and organizing various events.
On February 22, 2013, Verena and Ramon happily welcomed anticipated second daughter, Lauren, to their family. She was a loving daughter, wife, friend, mother, sister and teacher. She is survived by her husband, Ramon Klose; her daughters, Keira and Lauren; her grandmother, Winnie Chen; her parents, Doris and Tessley Chen; brother, Gerald Chen (Christine); sister, Brenda Tsang (Rick); nephews, Aidan and Nathan Chen; niece, Kaitlyn Tsang, as well as an extended family of aunts, uncles.