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LaVerne Mae Kern

October 30, 1933 — November 23, 2023

Weldon Springs, Missouri

LaVerne Mae Kern (nee Held), of Weldon Springs, MO, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2023 at the age of 90. Loving wife of Norman Henry Kern; beloved daughter of the late Fred and Gertha Held; devoted mother of Michael (Julie) Kern, Steven (Laura) Kern, and Daniel (Jacqueline) Kern; cherished grandmother of Meagan (Mark) Hillmann, Courtney (Kevin) Miller, Adam (Rosie) Kern, Stephanie (David) Hardy, Matthew Kern, Joel (Kara-Jay) Kern, Nathan (Kristin) Kern, Tamara (Matthew) Hudson, Janell (John) Kalbac, Andrea Kern, and Hanna (Adam) Orf; treasured great-grandmother of 19 ½ great-grandchildren; dear sister of JoAnn (Jim) McGuire. She is also preceded in death by her sister, Shirley (the late Jack) Paulus. 

LaVerne, a remarkable individual, dedicated her life to service, family, and a multitude of passions. As a Stephen Minister, she offered support and care to those in need. Her involvement in the Alter Guild and other groups at Zion Lutheran Church, Harvester, showcased her commitment to her faith community. LaVerne’s vibrant spirit extended beyond the church, as she actively participated in the St. Charles Extension Club, Welcome Wagon and numerous bridge groups, and also volunteered as an usher at the Fox Theater.

In her earlier years, LaVerne spent time dancing with her husband Norm at Casa Loma Ballroom.  After her three boys entered the picture, she expressed her adventurous side in waterskiing with Norm and the boys on most summer weekends. In later years, she became a skilled golfer and not only won tournaments but also traveled for the love of the game. Her enthusiasm for football, starting with the football Cardinals, then the Rams, and finally the Kansas City Chiefs, highlighted her love and passion for the game.  LaVerne’s culinary talents were evident in her legendary chili, pies, and cookies, as she delighted in baking and sharing her cherished recipes. Married to Norm for an incredible 70 years, they built a life and family together, grounded in love and commitment to each other and to their Heavenly Father. Known for her organizational skills, LaVerne kept everything and everybody in order, from meticulous lists to remembering and celebrating birthdays with heartfelt cards. A breast cancer survivor of over 20 years, she embodied strength, resilience, and the spirit of a true fighter.  LaVerne’s absence leaves a void, and her legacy of service, love and kindness will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.    She died nonetheless with firm confidence that her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would be there to hold her and welcome her into His Glorious Kingdom.

Memorials may be made in LaVerne’s name to Zion Lutheran Church Harvester.  

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Visitation

Monday, December 4, 2023

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Zion Lutheran Church, St. Charles, MO

3866 Old Hwy 94 S, Saint Charles, MO 63304

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 4, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Zion Lutheran Church, St. Charles, MO

3866 Old Hwy 94 S, Saint Charles, MO 63304

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Interment

Monday, December 4, 2023

Zion Lutheran Cemetery, St. Charles, MO

3866 Old Hwy 94 S, Saint Charles, MO 63304

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