LaVerne (Kathol) Sassen, age 93, of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Reverend Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation is from 5-8:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with a vigil service at 7pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers are Ted Kathol, Jonathan Kathol, Robert Hosch, Kris Kathol, Ryan Kathol, Garret Wilwerding, Sean Geary, Corey Halstead, Aaron Sudbeck and Brandon Kathol. Honorary pallbearers are all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and Christian Mothers.
LaVerne was born July 11, 1924 in St. Helena, Nebraska to Ignatius and Otillia (Holzbauer) Boehmer. She grew up on a farm and attended grade school at District 4 near St. Helena. Her freshman and sophomore years of high school were at St. Helena Public High and junior and senior years at Mount Marty High School in Yankton, SD, graduating in 1942. After high school, LaVerne worked at the Bank of Hartington. On June 12, 1945, she married James Kathol and to this marriage, 11 children were born. She moved to Virginia when Jim joined the US Army. There she worked several jobs including typing war bonds on the military base. LaVerne moved back to St. Helena with her parents when Jim was stationed in Manilla. He was discharged in 1947 and they moved to a farm one mile south of Hartington. They lived there until 1985 and then moved into Harington. Jim passed away in 1989 and LaVerne spent time between Arizona and Hartington. In 1999, she married Kenny Sassen. They made their home in Arizona until Kenny passed away in 2004, at which time, LaVerne moved to Pacific Springs Village in Omaha, NE. LaVerne enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, playing cards, socializing and doing many different volunteer jobs. She was a lifelong member of the VFW Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America, Christian Mothers, Perpetual Adoration, Ministry of Praise and Holy Trinity Guild. While living in Omaha, she was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and recently rejoined Holy Trinity Catholic Church when she moved back to Hartington. LaVerne's main goal was taking care of her family and making sure her children were well cared for.
LaVerne is survived by 11 children: William Kathol (Linda Head) of Papillion, NE, JoAnn (Ed) Hosch of Hartington, Charles (Linda) Kathol of Hartington, Allen (Lynn) Kathol of Hartington, Laurie Wilwerding of Omaha, Darlene Kathol of Fremont, NE, Rhea (Bob) Geary of Sioux City, IA, Norma (Gary) Halstead of Alexandria, MN, Lisa (Danny) Sudbeck of Hartington, Tina (Mike) Coughlin of Lenexa, KS and Keith (Teresa) Kathol of Omaha; 34 grandchildren; 48 great grandchildren; numerous step-children and their families; and a brother-in-law, Don Arens of Yankton, SD.
LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, James Kathol and Kenny Sassen; siblings: Alfred Boehmer and spouse Lucille, Ralph Boehmer and spouse Leona, Bernadette Rupiper and spouse Clarence and Rosella Arens; son-in-law, Gary Wilwerding; and two infant grandsons, Danny and John Kathol.
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Laverne was my Godmother, and a wonderful aunt whom I had the good fortune to know all of my life and a good portion of hers. What a wonderful woman, great mother, grandmother, great grand mother and a role model for all.
So sorry to hear of your Mom's death. May each of you experience the peace that only can come from Jesus Christ , our Savior.
Roberta Hoesing and family
LaVerne was a blessing to the community of Pacific Springs Village. She was loved and respected, always enthusiastically involved with a smile on her face. Thank you for sharing your mother with us! Her many friends here are grieving her passing, but thankful that she is no longer suffering. God's peace be with you all.
Pastor Sara Jensen
JoAnn and Becky, I am deeply saddened to hear of LaVerne's passing. She was a flower of life to her family. May our Great God and true comforter grant you peace as you process the loss of your Mother and Grandmother.
You are in my prayers.
Tina, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our prayers are offered up to you and your family during this difficult time.
Our sympathy to all of the families at the loss of Laverne.
Roger & Barb Sudbeck
My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May god grant you peace.
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