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LaVerne Freimund

LaVerne Freimund LaVerne Freimund

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LaVerne J. (Degner) Freimund, 92, Athens, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Montello, under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

LaVerne Joyce Erdmann was born on Aug. 23, 1927, in Ripon to Emil and Clara (Serrahn) Erdmann. She attended school in Ripon.

On Sept. 4, 1948, she married Harold Degner and moved into the village of Athens.

They had two children, Shirley and Kenneth.

LaVerne and Harold farmed for 17 years before moving back into the village of Athens, where LaVerne worked in the kitchen of Athens Elementary School and then Athens High School. There she received a 25 year recognition award.

After the death of her husband, Harold, in 1974, LaVerne married Darold Freimund of Milan.

LaVerne enjoyed gardening, playing Sheepshead and spending time with her neighbors, friends and family.

She is survived by her children: Shirley (Tom) Raymakers of Madison and Ken (Karry) Degner of Coloma; grandchildren: Brian Raymakers of Madison, Trisha Raymakers of Chicago, April Degner of Chicago and Alex Osolkowski of Rib Lake; her step-children and step-grandchildren of the Darold Freimund family.

LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; brothers,: William (Verna), Jim, Robert and Richard; sisters: Evelyn (Richard) Gazinski, Ruth (Henry) Heidelbach and Carol (Wilfred) Petznick.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens. Rev. Mark Schwalenberg presided. Burial was in the Athens Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was on Tuesday from 4- 8 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, and again on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Social distancing precautions was strictly observed.

A livestream of LaVerne’s service is on the Trinity Lutheran Church Facebook page.

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran School in Athens.

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