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LaVerna Greshowak

LaVerna Greshowak, age 90, of Lester Prairie, entered her eternal rest at the Hutchinson Area Health Care Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002.

LaVerna Martha (Seemann) Greshowak was born the daughter of Theodore and Bertha (Kuhlmann) Seemann June 26, 1911, in Winsted Township of McLeod County. She was baptized July 16 of that year by the Rev. Baumhoefner at St. Peter Lutheran of Lester Prairie.

LaVerna was later confirmed in the faith as a youth at St. Peter Lutheran Church April 5, 1925, by the Rev. Schert. She received her education at St. Peter Parochial School.

Laverna was united in marriage Dec. 14, 1930 to Albin Valentine Greshowak at St. Peter Lutheran by the Rev. Schert. To this union was born one son, Albin, Jr. The family resided in Silver Lake, Hutchinson, Brownton, and Stewart before moving to Lester Prairie in the early 1960s.

Albin was an automobile mechanic and LaVerna was a devoted wife and mother, caring for her son, who was born in 1931 with cerebral palsy.

LaVerna coordinated a benefit in 1958 to raise research money to fight cerebral palsy.

She was an accomplished seamstress who designed costumes and did alterations of such country artists as Marvin Rainwater, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Jack Curiss, all who were close family friends, along with many other country performers.

LaVerna made or altered more than 50 wedding gowns and numerous bridesmaid dresses, as well as coats, all types of clothing, draperies, and curtains. Her accomplishments were recognized on a television interview with Jason Davis.

She worked for Tonka Toys for nine years. During World War II, she re-upholstered furniture in Hutchinson.

LaVerna is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Ortwin, Raymond, and Wilmar Seemann; in-laws, Albert Birkholz, George Lampher, and Merrill Kempfert.

She is survived by her son, Albin Greshowak, Jr., of Hutchinson; sisters, Sevilla Birkholz of Lester Prairie, Orbina Lampher of Olivia, Caroline Kempfert of Hopkins, and Marcella (Lloyd) Geertgen of Lester Prairie; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation and evening prayer service was Monday evening at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

Funeral services celebrating the life of LaVerna Greshowak were Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie. Officiating was the Rev. Gerald Schwanke.

Mary Mielke served as organist, and the congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "Just As I Am," and "On Eagle's Wings."

Serving as casketbearers were David Klitzke, John Markgraf, Ken Zimmermann, Everett Hantge, DeVan Stoltenow, and Roland Rolf.

Interment was at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.

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