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LaVerne M. Lemke

LaVerne M. Lemke, age 80 of New Germany, died Sunday, Feb. 26 at Elim Home in Watertown.

She was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Carver County, the daughter of Ollie and Hannah (Langhoff) Laabs. LaVerne was baptized Jan. 29, 1926 at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver; and confirmed at the same church Aug. 15, 1941.

LaVerne married Walter O. Lemke June 15, 1943 at East Union Lutheran Church, Carver, with the Rev. Carl Linder officiating.

LaVerne was a loving wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren, and loved animals, always spoiling her farm cats. She also enjoyed listening and dancing to Old Tyme music. Cooking was among her passions, and she excelled at it.

LaVerne gave all she could on the farm, putting in long hours working with her husband and children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents Ollie and Hannah Laabs; brothers Sylvester, Orville, and Wayne Laabs; and sisters Mildred Hall, Esther Williams, and Lorraine Scheuble.

LaVerne is survived by her loving family: children and spouses Shirley and Alan Velander MD of Bismarck, N.D., Sharon Lemke of Menifee, Calif., Diane Lemke PhD of St. Paul, Nancy and Bernard Lewandowski of Shakopee, Roger Lemke of Edina, and Gretchen and Randy Schwerin of Watertown; grandchildren Byron Velander, Sidney Velander, Alan Jr. and Jennie Velander, Cory and Rishona Hendricks, Sara and Matthew Bateman, Eva and Paul Herzog, Matthew Schwerin, and Ashley Schwerin; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Mitchell, Dominic, Corey, Noah, and Maya.

She is further survived by a sister, Beatrice Thaemert of Carver; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Howard and Lucille Lemke of Morton; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Friday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, with the Rev. Allen Holthus officiating. Interment followed at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Matthew Schwerin, Ashley Schwerin, Paul Herzog, Cory Hendricks, Bernard Lewandowski, and Randy Schwerin.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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