A truly wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandma, and friend passed away at St. Paul Elder Services early on Saturday, March 21, 2015. LaVerne was born in Kaukauna on September 1, 1920, daughter of the late Art and Grace (Waters) Kromer. On June 8, 1940, she married Robert Goetzman and they enjoyed sixty-four years together before Bob's death in 2004.
She is survived by four children: Lance (Donna) Goetzman, Hope (John) Van De Hey, Suzanne (Dr. Leon) Jacques, and Lynn (Robert) Hunter. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Karen Tschimperle, Sara (Leo) Ebben, Steve (Marsha) Goetzman, Jeff (Robyn) Goetzman, Emily (Dr. Jeremy) Fritz, Paige (Jeff) Quigley, Scott (Barb) Van De Hey, Aimee Froze, Holly Jacques Scialdone (fiancé John Dunderdale), Robert Jacques, Rachelle DePrez, Jodi (Paul) Gardner, and Ross DeCoster; and thirty-three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Bob; her parents; her in-laws: Frank and Ann Goetzman; a brother: Arthur (Leila) Kromer; sister-in-law: Virginia (Les) Coenen; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
In her early years, LaVerne was an active member of the Lady Elks, Oakwood Hills Golf Club, Kaukauna Community Hospital (now Kaukauna Community Health Associates), Trinity Lutheran Women's Aid Society, and a number of card clubs. She enjoyed golf, dancing, reading, and doing picture and word puzzles and playing cards to keep her mind alert.
The Christian Funeral Service for LaVerne will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at TRINITY EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 804 Grignon Street in Kaukauna, with Rev. Andrew Luehring officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather in the chapel at St. Paul Home, 316 E. 14th Street in Kaukauna on Tuesday from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and again at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorials be directed to St. Paul Elder Services or the building fund at Trinity Lutheran Church.
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The family wishes to thank all of mom's caregivers at St. Paul Elder Services for these past thirteen years and for the past two weeks from the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the hospice team at St. Paul. She received great care and love. God bless you all!