Timothy Drawbaugh posted a condolence
Thursday, May 7, 2020
I first met LaVerne a little over a year ago after I accepted to serve as pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Whenever I visited her, she had a wonderful smile and a sharp sense of humor. She could recite Psalm 23 and the Lord's Prayer from memory, and would often continue with a prayer of her own. She had a beautiful heart that belonged to Jesus, and she is now at rest in her Savior's arms. We thank God to have known LaVerne.
Bob Shoremount posted a condolence
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Laverne was always so warm and friendly and had an infectious smile. She had a beautiful voice and appreciated music. She would stay in the pew at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hackettstown until after the postlude and would greet choir members as we left, always thanking us and letting us know how she enjoyed our anthem. Once at coffee hour after church, she sat down at the piano and started to play Christmas carols from memory. Debbie and I picked her up a few times on Sunday mornings when she was living at Colonial Manor in Panther Valley, and then took her home after choir practice. It was a long day for her but she persevered. She loved to sing. She had a little dog who was quite a handful for her (walking and feeding), but she had gotten permission to keep the dog while at the assisted living facility. When she needed more help and was moved to Andover Subacute, her dog was placed for adoption. When I went to visit her in Andover, she was usually dressed in her Sunday best and enjoyed siting in the day room looking at the birds outside. She had a strong faith and would participate when we prayed together and she took Holy Communion. While she had trouble with short term memory, she had a keen memory of years gone by. I will miss her smiling face and beaming attitude for life. God Bless Laverne.
Chikako Drawbaugh posted a condolence
Monday, May 4, 2020
I met LaVerne for the first time about a year ago, when I visited her with my husband after he was called to serve as pastor at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in May, 2019. When I introduced my name to her, she asked me to pronounce again. She started to write my name on paper one letter at a time; it was beautiful handwriting. She said, ‘Chi, Ka, Ko, oh sounds like Chicago but no “g” right?’ and start laughing. It was my first time to meet her, but she charmed me with her friendly smile. LaVerne said Psalm 23 was her favorite Bible verse and she recited it with us. LaVerne also prayed the Lord’s prayer together whenever we visited her. Although I only knew her a short time, I miss her friendly heart and warm smile. I don’t know much about her life, honestly, but I will remember her as a charming faithful sister in Christ. I will miss her until I see her again. I thank God for knowing her.
Laura Petrie posted a condolence
Monday, May 4, 2020
Laverne always sat in the same pew at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hackettstown, always dressed so beautifully for service with her nails polished. When the last note of the postlude had been played, she always came to the chancel steps and took my hands in hers and kissed them and thanked me for the music. Every time. It was such a blessing. She sang with the choir for one of our holiday cantatas, and it was a joy to have her with us. She was special to me and all who knew her. Always a smile.
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Sunday, May 3, 2020
I was privileged to get to know LaVerne after she moved to New Jersey, as she began worshiping as part of the Redeemer Lutheran Church community in Westfield. She shared with me so many stories about her childhood and a recurring theme was how secure she had been in the love of her parents, which she believed gave her great confidence throughout her lifetime. LaVerne loved her Lord deeply and was secure in God's love, which gave her remarkable strength and calm in the midst of all the adversity she faced. No matter what her circumstances, LaVerne was gracious, generous, dignified, and contented. I will never forget her wonderful smile, her beautiful soul, and all the laughter we shared.
Linda Bates Leali lit a candle
Friday, May 1, 2020
I will always treasure our mutual love of baseball, football, being educators and caring for each other as cousins. Linda Bates Leali and Family, Denver, Colorado
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
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