LaVerne Van Bergen

Birth Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 1918
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019

WOOSTER - LaVerne Van Bergen of Wooster passed away February 21, 2019, at LifeCare Hospice.  She was born February 2, 1918, in Cicero, Illinois.  Her late parents were Anna P. Johansson and Fred C. Holtz.  She grew up in Homewood, Illinois.   LaVerne married Arnold (Bud) Van Bergen on May 10, 1941, and they eventually settled in Crete, Illinois.  After Bud’s retirement they moved to Homosassa Springs, Florida.  Upon his death, LaVerne moved to Wooster in 1990.  She loved Wooster.

After graduating from high school and taking a business course, LaVerne worked in a Chicago accounting firm before becoming a stay-at-home mom to three daughters.  She loved her family and friends.  She had a keen mind and an independent spirit and throughout her life was a meticulous record keeper.  She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking and was an accomplished seamstress.  She was a member of the Wooster United Methodist Church.   LaVerne hoped she would be remembered as a good person who was kind to everyone.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by daughter Jean Van Bergen, brother, Fred C. H. Holtz, sister Luella Brindle, and nephews Dennis Brindle and Bob Whitton.

LaVerne is survived by daughters Carol (Larry) Stewart, and Joan French (Robert Braddock); grandchildren Greg (Karen) Stewart, and Laurel (Jim) Kane; great grandsons Graham and William Stewart; niece Sue (Larry) Brankov; nephews Mick (Chris) Brindle, Gary Holtz, Dean Whitton, and Gary (Cheryl) Gibson; great niece, Lisa (Steve) Taylor and their children Kyle and Katelyn; and great nephews Damon and Aaron Brindle.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Brookdale Senior Solutions for all the love and care they showered on LaVerne during her nearly three years as a resident there.  They wish to express appreciation to LifeCare Hospice as well.

LaVerne requested that any donations in her memory be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691, the Larry L. Stewart Endowed Prize in Literature, c/o The College of Wooster, Office of Advancement, 1101 N. Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later time.

McIntire, Bradham and Sleek are handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

LaVerne requested that any donations in her memory be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691, the Larry L. Stewart Endowed Prize in Literature, c/o The College of Wooster, Office of Advancement, 1101 N. Bever Street, Wooster, OH 44691 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Visitation: 

No calling hours

Service: 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a alter date

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So sorry. I always enjoyed giving her a hug while she was sitting with mom at lunch at Brookdale. Such a smart and sweet lady. Mom(Pauline) and my family give our condolences but are happy to have crossed paths with this wonderful lady.

On behalf of the members of Esther Circle at The United Methodist Church I want to offer your family our sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. We hope your cherished memories will help you. Sincerely, Cindy Farnsworth and the Esther Circle

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