Laverne Ella (Wacker) Lehmberg, 91, of Glencoe, passed away at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on Wednesday, July 31.
A funeral service will be held at the Church of Peace in Glencoe at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Pastor Matthew Orendorff will officiate.
Kathy Neubarth will be the organist.
“The Garden,” “Just As I Am,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” will be the congregational hymns.
Wallace Warnke, Ben Sandberg, Roger Raduenz, Timothy Hardel and Laverne’s grandchildren will be the honorary casket bearers.
Tom Warnke, Larry Bipes, Islam Barrera, David Mathwig, Skylar Hopkins and Robert Nelson will be the casket bearers.
Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Glencoe.
Laverne Ella (Wacker) Lehmberg was born in Arlington on Nov. 28, 1927. She was the daughter of Emil and Louise (Baessler) Wacker. Laverne was baptized as an infant and later was confirmed in her faith as a youth both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle. Her confirmation verse was Psalm 145:18-19. She attended school through the 10th grade.
Laverne was united in marriage to Clarence Lehmberg at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle on Dec. 15, 1946. After their marriage, they moved to the William Warnke farm, north of Glencoe, where they lived until the time Clarence retired. At that time, they purchased their home in Glencoe. Laverne and Clarence were blessed with two daughters, Mary and Judy. They shared over 62 years of marriage until Clarence passed away Aug. 22, 2009.
Laverne worked for many years at Strutwear and Telex in Glencoe. Then, she was the manager of Food-n-Fuel in Glencoe until she retired. After retirement, Laverne worked part-time in the Canteen at Green Giant in Glencoe. She was an active member of Church of Peace since her marriage in 1946. But her work didn’t stop there. After “final” retirement, they spent countless days at Lake Ida in Alexandria where she continued to “work” around the campground.
Laverne took a great deal of pleasure in her vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting, sewing, crossword puzzles, making jewelry, fishing, camping, watching Wheel of Fortune and The Family Feud and listening to country and gospel music. Laverne loved looking at recipe magazines, and it was hard to beat with her cooking, baking and canning. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always looked forward to spending time with them. She enjoyed cooking and baking with them and working in the garden together.
When Laverne needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson and passed away there Wednesday, July 31, at the age of 91 years, eight months, three days. Blessed be her memory.
Laverne is survived by her children, Mary (Myron) Nelson of Gaylord, and Judy Bipes of Glencoe; grandchildren, Lori (Kendal) Messner, Amy (Melvin) Templin, Jodi Kirsch, Barbara (Mark) McMillen, Becky (Mike) Havelka, and Robert (Michelle) Nelson; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; siblings, Helen Quast of Arlington, Janice Shaughnessy of Belle Plaine, Donald (Marlys) Wacker of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Louise Wacker; husband, Clarence Lehmberg; grandson, Michael Bipes; great-granddaughter, Dakota Montgomery; sisters, Rosella Hardel, Dora Mueller, Elvera Mathwig and Darlene Raduenz.
The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe is handling the arrangements. Its website is www.mcbride-chapel.com where online obituaries and a guestbook are located.