Laverne Marie Peters, age 86, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2018 at Thorne Crest Retirement Community in Albert Lea. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31st at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea. Dwight Netzer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th at Bonnerup Funeral Service, 2210 East Main, Albert Lea. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 31st at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Laverne Marie Fleshner was born on April 5, 1932 to parents Benny and Hattie (Vietor) Fleshner in Parkersburg, Iowa. She grew up in Parkersburg and graduated High School in 1951. On May 26, 1952, Laverne married Edwin John Peters in Parkersburg, Iowa. After the tragic deaths of their first two sons, a son, Curtis, was born. He has remained the joy of Laverne’s life. They were married almost 50 years until Edwin’s passing on March 15, 1999.
Laverne dedicated her life to helping the elderly for over 35 years. She started out as a nurse’s assistant working at Cedar Falls Lutheran Nursing home for three years. Edwin and Laverne then moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota where she continued her career at Cornick Nursing Home, Evans Board and Care, and owned Golden Age Board and Care until retirement.
Laverne was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Albert Lea Senior Center, American Legion Auxiliary, Eagles Club, Modern Woodmen of America, and the Albert Lea Senior Center. She belonged to First Baptist Church, Central Freeborn Lutheran Church, and First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea.
Family was very important to Laverne. She treasured time spent with family and many phone calls with her grandchildren. Her kind heart will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her son, Curtis Edwin Peters and his wife, Jenny; granddaughter, Lauren Marie Peters; grandson, Blake Edwin Peters; brother, Larry (Vi) Fleshner; sister, Lois Rieger; brothers-in-law, Ivan (Becky) Peters, and Ronald (Sharon) Peters.
Laverne was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin John Peters at age 68; parents, Benny and Hattie Fleshner; sons, Ervin John Peters at age 5, and Mervin Edwin Peters at ten days old; parents-in-law, John and Elizabeth Peters; brother, Lee (June) Fleshner; sister, Donna Hanson; brothers-in-law, Herbert Peters, Jim (Marian) Bundy, LaVerne Peters, Duane Peters, Donald Peters, Pete (Darla) Peterson; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Peters, Marlys Peterson; Janis Huebner, Lois Muller.