LaVerne F. Guttormsen, age 86, of Kenosha, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at her residence.
Born on May 28, 1921 in Kenosha, WI, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Bertha (Lehman) Flug. LaVerne attended Lincoln Elementary and Lincoln Jr. High School. She graduated from Kenosha High School in 1939 and Trenary College of Commerce in 1940.
On June 16, 1943 she married Norman C. Guttormsen at St. John's Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1993.
LaVerne was employed at the Simmons Company as an executive secretary while her husband served overseas during World War II. She then was a homemaker and in later years served as a part time bailiff for Circuit Court Judge S. Michael Wilk.
In 1981, LaVerne was appointed by Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus to serve a three-year term on the Wisconsin State Compensation Panel.
Since 1931, LaVerne has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church, serving many years on Altar Guild. She was past President of the Kenosha Junior Women's Club, a 30-year member of the Kenosha Girl Scout Council, a former long-time member of the Kenosha Country Club and she also participated in the annual Relay For Life as a cancer survivor. LaVerne was also a member of the Women's Club of Kenosha, Kenosha Historical Society, Kenosha Hospital Friends, life member of OES Chapter 92, J.U.S Club, Swingers Golf League at Bristol Oaks and the Republican Party of Kenosha, where she served as Secretary of the Executive Committee for five years.
LaVerne was an avid golfer and bridge player. She enjoyed gardening, trips to Northern Wisconsin, and following the Packers and the Brewers. LaVerne was fiercely devoted to her family and thoroughly enjoyed her time spent with her beloved grandchildren and the company of her parakeet, Joey.
Survivors include her three children, Lynda (the late William) Guy of Kenosha, Daryl (Dennis) Brooks of Big Bend, and Gregg (Mary Alice) Guttormsen of Kenosha; four grandchildren, David Brooks, Dionna (Brooks) Krall, Lauren Guttormsen and Kristina Guttormsen.
Funeral services were held on April 15, 2008 at Grace Lutheran Church, followed by interment in Green Ridge Cemetery.