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LaVerna Emma Gerdes

December 26, 1923 June 19, 2020
LaVerna Emma Gerdes
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LaVerna Gerdes was born December 26, 1923 in Brock, NE to Edmund and Lydia Barner. Her early years were spent living on a farm near Talmage. She attended District 88 Rural School and finished her high school education in Talmage. Following high school, she began teaching in the same school that she had attended, District 88. She also taught in the rural Oak Hill School. Her teaching career lasted 37 years. On March 7, 1947, she was married to Quinton Gerdes of Auburn who had just returned from serving in the U.S. Army during WW II. In the spring of 1956 they moved to Joes, CO and operated a motel. LaVerna continued her teaching kindergarten in the local Liberty School. Early in 1970, they moved to Lakewood, CO and she added preschool to her teaching career. Her unique expertise was teaching children to read. Her skills and extreme dedication to the children she taught, and her family was unparalleled. In retirement, she found joy in gardening, baking, church and family. Her cinnamon rolls and pies were famous, always a part of every holiday and family celebration. She is survived by her children, PollyAnn (Lee) Warkentine, Cynthia (Richard) Chandler, Sally Gerdes and Gene (Lisa) Gerdes; grandchildren, Blaine and Brent Warkentine, Jason and Stuart Chandler, Kirsten Stoltz and Stacy Chamberlin and Taylor Gerdes; ten great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and son, Stephen Gerdes.

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Service

Saturday

27

Jun

2:00 PM 6/27/2020 2:00:00 PM
Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City

1109 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Social distancing due to Covid-19 will be required.

Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City
1109 First Corso Nebraska City 68410 NE
United States

Service

Saturday

27

Jun

2:00 PM 6/27/2020 2:00:00 PM
Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City

1109 First Corso
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Social distancing due to Covid-19 will be required. There will be no visitations and the casket will remain closed.

Marshall Funeral Chapel Nebraska City
1109 First Corso Nebraska City 68410 NE
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. John's (Stone) Cemetery Final Resting Place

725th Road & 633rd Avenue
Auburn, NE 68305

725th Road & 633rd Avenue Auburn 68305 NE
United States
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