LaVerne L. Troester

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LaVerne L. Troester (Mrs. Oscar Troester), 93, of Garnavillo, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at the Elkader Care Center.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 29, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Gary Hatcher. Visitation was before services at the church.

Burial was at Garnavillo Cemetery, Garnavillo. 

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elkader, was in charge of arrangements.

LaVerne was born Nov. 3, 1923, near Clayton. She was the daughter of Lester and Anna (Fischer) Mohning. LaVerne graduated from Garnavillo High School with the class of 1941. On Dec. 29, 1943, she was united in marriage to Oscar Troester at Peace Lutheran Church at Clayton. Three children were born to this union. 

Oscar and LaVerne farmed in the Guttenberg and Elkader area for a few years until purchasing their present farm near Garnavillo in 1954. After her children were older LaVerne became a cook (lunch lady) at the Garnavillo Schools for 25 years and worked part-time at the Kountry Manor and Rocky’s Resort. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. When her children were youngsters, she taught Sunday School. She was also a member of the Readlanders Club. She enjoyed cooking and baking. Pies were her specialty! If anyone went away from her table hungry it was their own fault. She was an avid card player, enjoyed gardening, needlework, cross-stitch, embroidering and was a meticulous housekeeper. Family was very important to LaVerne and she enjoyed spending time with them, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Mark (Rondee) Troester of Elkader; two daughters, Thelma “Tracy” (Tom) Madden of Rockwell and Donna (John) Martin of Mason City; grandchildren, Jason (Amy) Madden, Tavi, (Mark) LeDuc, Jenna, (Brian) Powers, Andrew (Julie) Martin, Beth (Scott) Hockey, Christopher (Mandi) Martin, Steven (Katie) Martin, Anna (special friend, David) Troester, and Amos (fiancée, Tina) Troester; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara Mohning of Garnavillo; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roland and Sharon Troester of Garnavillo and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oscar in 2006 and one brother, Loren Mohning.

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