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LaVerne Heier

January 24, 2009

Mass of Christian Burial for LaVerne Heier, 69, of Ipswich, is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Liturgical Wake service 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church with visitation starting at 4:00 p.m. at the church.

LaVerne was born January 12, 1940 at Strasburg, ND to Carl and Johanna (Reinbold) Unser. She was raised on the family farm and attended rural schools. She then attended Strasburg High School.

She married Anthony "Tony" Heier on August 20, 1956 at Krassna, ND. They made their home in Wahpeton, ND until moving to Ipswich, SD in 1959.

Throughout the years she was a housewife, school cook at Holy Cross School and a substitute librarian at the Ipswich City Library.

LaVerne was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Parish in Ipswich for fifty years. She actively participated in several community organizations including the Catholic Order of Lady Foresters, Ipswich Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary and the Holy Cross Altar Society.

She enjoyed making and collecting porcelain dolls, playing cards with friends and family, camping, baking an cooking German favorites for her family, listening to Daniel O'Donnell cd's and finding great deals while shopping with Josie, Janette and her girls. She loved family gatherings an always made sure that everyone had a wonderful time and had plenty to eat.

She died Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.

LaVerne was a believer in guardian angels and will now be watching over her husband of 52 years, Tony of Ipswich; her six daughters, Karen (Jack) Trierweiler of Kalispell, MT, Donna Christy of Watertown, SD, Doris Heier of Aberdeen, Gail Ogdahl of Aberdeen and Joan Heier of Aberdeen; seven sons, Gary (Terri) Heier of Superior, WI, Jim (Nancy) Heier of Aberdeen, Tom (Carmen) Heier of Sioux Falls, SD, Richard Heier of Watertown, Don (Mary Lou) Heier of Edgley, ND, Mark Heier of Pierre, SD and Joe Heier of Ipswich; twenty five grandchildren;, four great-grandchildren; brothers, Charlie (Patty) Unser of Aberdeen, Kasper Unser of Ipswich and William (Bonnie) Unser of Watford City, ND; one sister, Josephine (Curtis) Nehlich of Florence, SD and her faithful dog, Daisy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral arrangements with Gramm Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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