LaVerne E. Abts, age 99 of Omaha, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Life Care Center in Elkhorn, NE. He is a former resident of Hartington, Nebraska and was married to Katherine Wintz-Abts.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St Pius Catholic Church in Omaha at 10:30 am. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at Heafey Hoffman Dworak Cutler - Bel Air Chapel at 12100 West Center. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Omaha, NE.
LaVerne (Verne) Abts was born in Randolph, NE on July 14, 1918. He attended St. Frances Grade School and High School in Randolph. Verne enrolled at Creighton University in 1939 to study Commerce. His studies were interrupted when he joined the Army at the start of World War II. He served until its end in 1945.
Verne returned to Creighton to finish his undergraduate work and then enrolled in Creighton's School of Law in 1945. He graduated in 1948. He married Evelyn Werner in 1950 and together they had five children. Verne practiced law as legal counsel for Central National Insurance Company of Omaha from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. After 38 years of marriage, Evelyn died in 1988. Later, Verne married Katherine Wintz of Hartington, NE. They lived in Hartington until her death 20 years later in 2009.
Along with his role as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Verne was devoted to his Catholic faith. He served the Catholic Church as a member of the West Omaha Serra Club for Religious Vocations and the Perpetual Adoration Society. He also served as a lector for the Mass for Shut Ins on television. Verne loved to golf and watch Notre Dame Football. He lived a good and blessed life.
Verne is preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Christina, his brothers John, Albert, Arthur, Eugene and Thomas and sister, Dorothy; wives, Evelyn Abts and Katherine (Wintz) Abts.
Verne is survived by five children and their spouses, Margaret and Tim Streff of Shawnee, KS; Ed and Sue Abts of Bellingham, WA; Tim Abts and Michon Marcil Abts of Omaha; Joe and Kim Abts of Omaha; and Chris and Ken Von Buettner of Casper, WY; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; nine stepchildren, Sherie and Angelo Perry of Omaha, Mary Kay and John McCarthy Sr. of Omaha; Jim and Carla Wintz of Hartington; Marcia and Ed Bruening of Lincoln; Sue and Bob Drozda of Boise, ID; Tom and Virginia Wintz of Norwalk, CA; Anne and Larry Arens of Norfolk; Jerry and Kristi Wintz of Harington; Theresa and Bill Leise of Normal, IL; 30 step -grandchildren and 32 step-great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Todd Sauer, MD, the VNA and the staff at Life Care Center of Elkhorn Nursing Home for the wonderful care Verne received.
In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to St. Pius X Catholic Church and Creighton University School of Law.
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Thoughts and prayers for the Abts and Wintz families. He was a remarkable man!
Ken & Mary Thunker
My sympathy to the family on the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words and expressions of caring, from relatives and friends as you look forward to the time God promised at Isaiah 25:8; that he 'will swallow up death forever' and death will be no more.I hope this gives the family a measure of hope and comfort.
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