LaVerne C. Bouska

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LaVerne C. Bouska, 86, of Lawler, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his home.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 8, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, and before services on Tuesday.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb 9, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Nick March. 

Interment will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Military honors will be conducted by the Lawler American Legion.

Arrangements were handled by Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in Lawler.

LaVerne Charles Bouska was born Aug. 25, 1929, the son of Julius Michael and Mary "Mayme" Theresa (Schlichte) Bouska. He was born on the family farm, south of Waucoma. Verne was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waucoma. He also attended schools in Waucoma and Alpha. 

In 1951, Verne was drafted into the United States Army, taking basic training at Camp Breckenridge, Ky. He served with the Anti-Tank and Mine Platoon in Germany for 1½ years, spending two years in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged.

On Oct. 17, 1953, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas, Verne was united in marriage to the love of his life, Alberta Mary Hackman. To this union four children were born. Their first home was east of Waucoma where Verne worked, a year and a half, as a hired hand for Jack Adams. The couple later rented a farm Southwest of Waucoma for five years. In 1960, they moved to their farm six miles south of Lawler, where they farmed and raised dairy cattle, hogs, and beef. 

Verne was active in the Chickasaw County ASCS and in the Chickasaw County DHIA Association, of which he was the president for many years. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Parish in Lawler where he was active as a lay minister and an usher. Verne was a member of the American Legion Post #279 at Lawler which included terms of being the Vice Commander and Commander. He carried the American flag, leading the Dairy Day parade, for many years.

In 1991, the couple retired from farming and moved to Lawler. They went on several long trips after moving to town and kept on going to dances. Dancing was a recreation, and a joy, for all their years together. When living in Lawler, he was a caretaker for the Senior Apartments for several years. He was an active member of the Senior Citizens group and did many volunteer jobs including delivering the Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed morning coffee with the men at the café in town and playing cards with friends and walking. The most special thing in his life was his family. 

Verne is survived by his wife, Alberta; four children, Kathleen (Chad) Connelly of Guttenberg, Karen (Robert) Kleve of Clermont, Duane (Lori Lee) Bouska of St. Olaf and Daryl (Laure) Bouska of rural Waucoma; 15 grandchildren, Heaven, Colten, and Colin Connelly, Lori (Jason) Herrstrom, Melissa (Wendy) Chotiner, Jolene (Dustin) Meyer, Corey (Dawn) Kleve, Becky (Derek) Prostine, Craig (Kim) Kleve, Wendy (John) Crossett, LeAnn (Brian) Anderson, Danelle Bouska (Darrin VansCoy), Darin Bouska, Bridget and Lindsey Bouska; 17 great-grandchildren, Karli and Wyatt Herrstrom, Jace, Brinley, Callen Meyer, Lexie, Leah and Braxton Kleve, Ainsley, Jantzen, and Emery Prostine, Clay, Keigan and Maci Kleve, Joshua, Evelyn, and Benjamin Anderson; two sisters, Vera Rimrodt and Irma (Bob) Kime; two brothers, Joe Bouska and Cletus (Lorna) Bouska; brother- and sisters-in-law, Doris Bouska, Mary Ann Hackman and Jeanette (Elmer) Buchheit and many neices, and nephews.

Also surviving are special family friends, Pat (Jane) Wedo, Randy (Melissa) Wedo and their children, Kendyl and Reid Wedo and Stephanie, Nick and Katie Wedo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Mathilda (Schmitt) Hackman; brothers, John (Rosemary) Bouska, Clifford (Arlene Hackman) Bouska and James Bouska; sisters, Margaret (Sid) Diebler, Arlene (Frank) Vrzak and Donna (Leonard) Hrdlicka; brother and sisters in-law, Don Rimrodt, Ann Hackman, Arlene (Cliff) Bouska, George Hackman, Clarabelle (Howard) Taylor, Jeanne Bouska and Rose Bouska and several nieces and nephews.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of LaVerne Bouska, to the charity of your choice.

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