Obit: Hart, LaVerne Ruth #2 (1916 – 2009)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Hart, Oligney, Hansen, VanVleet, Harelson, Rude, Wanless, Bringe, Johnson, Rockney, Odenbreit, Dalby, Christianson, Steiner,

----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) March 18, 2009

Hart, LaVerne Ruth (23 August 1916 – 12 March 2009)

LaVerne R. Hart, 92, of La Crosse and formerly of Black River Falls died Thursday, March 12, 2009, in her home.

LaVerne Ruth Hansen was born Aug. 23, 1916, in the Town of Irving, Jackson County, to Thomas and Maude Ann (Oligney) Hansen. She was raised in the Town of Irving.

She married Ervin Wilson Hart in October of 1948 in Black River Falls. The couple lived in Black River Falls all of their married lives. Ervin Hart died Feb. 28, 1981. LaVerne has lived in La Crosse with her daughter Sara for the past three years. LaVerne was employed as a nursing assistant at Pine View Care Center for 26 years. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Black River Falls. LaVerne enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, flower gardening, collecting salt and pepper shakers and feeding birds.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane (Schott) VanVleet of Marinette, Patricia (Thomas)Harelson of West Salem and Sara Hart of La Crosse; six grandchildren, Melissa (Christopher) Rude, Angela (Dean) Wanless, Kelly (Ben Bringe) Harelson, Julie (Gregory Johnson) VanVleet, Eric VanVleet and Kristin VanVleet; to great-grandchildren, Molly Wanless and Madie Wanless; a brother, Wayne (Betty) Hansen of Merrillan; a brother-in-law, Ben (Kathleen) Hart of Alma Center; a sister-in-law, Berniece Hansen of Black River Falls; and numerous other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Marcella Rockney, Frances Odenbreit, Edna Daly and Marion Christianson; and four brothers, Russell Hansen, Stephen Hansen, Vernon Hansen and Warren Hansen. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and burial was in Riverside Cemetery, both in Black River Falls. Rev. Fr. John Steiner officiated.

Family and friends were invited for visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls and at the church Monday 10 a.m. until services. There was a public prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 407 Main St. Black River Falls, WI 54615

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