LaVerne Kasten

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LaVerne Kasten

LaVerne Kasten, age 93, a longtime resident of Middleton, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Oakwood Village University Woods (West).  LaVerne, the daughter of Arthur and Adela (Haupt) Kemp was born in Mequon on November 28, 1919. 

On August 24, 1940 she married Harold Kasten in Thiensville. He preceded her in death on February 4, 1985.  The couple lived in North Dakota, Illinois and the Wisconsin communities of Kewaunee, Waunakee and Sheboygan Falls before settling in Middleton, where Harold taught at Elm Lawn and Kromery schools.  LaVerne was a school bus driver in Kewaunee and clerked at Schwab & Schwartz and Schultz Brother’s, Middleton, and was a Sales Associate at Sear’s and HC Prange’s in Madison.  She was an avid bowler, and enjoyed bridge and golf as well as travel.  She was an active member of St. Luke’s parish, Middleton, singing in the choir and participating in many other activities of the church.  She was a long time volunteer at Oakwood Village University Woods (West,) which was also her final home. 

She is survived by daughter Lynn (Kent) Calloway of Middleton and four sons James (Pat Tobin), Shawano; John (Nancy Tait) Phoenix, Arizona; Paul (Sumi Katsuko), Prattville, Alabama; David (Teri Krachel), Wisconsin Dells.  She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Rhonda and grandson Clark.  Her family thanks the staff of Oakwood Village-Hebron Oaks for their professional and loving care during her final life journey.

Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 7337 Hubbard Ave., Middleton at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 with the Reverend Heather Lampert presiding.  Following funeral services LaVerne will be interred next to Harold at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. 

Memorials in support of LaVerne's life can be directed to the Oakwood Foundation or to St. Lukes' Lutheran Church, Middleton.

Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care is assisting the family.



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