LaVerne J. Weir, age 84, of Princeton, WI, peacefully slipped away in her sleep surrounded by loved ones in her home, Monday, January 17, 2022, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Feisty to the end, she was where she wanted to be, in her own home and bed. LaVerne was born on December 16, 1937 in Milwaukee, WI, to Elmer and Louise (Bauer) Larson. The family settled down in the Wild Rose/ Waupaca area where she attended Waupaca High School. Friends and her siblings affectionately named her “Wormy” as in “Bookworm” because of her absolute love for reading.
One of her first jobs was waiting tables at the Hotel Whiting in Berlin, WI, where she met her one and only love, her husband, Gabriel Weir. They married on July 28th 1956 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Berlin, WI. They settled in the Princeton area where they raised their 4 children, building their home next to the family farm. It was a wonderful life for them. Their love and devotion to each other was transparent. His tragic death on August 28, 1998 almost broke her, but, with her tenacious personality she continued on, becoming active in the Princeton Senior Center, Princeton Historical Society and several bowling leagues.
In her earlier married life, she was involved with the St. John’s Rosary Society, 4-H Leadership, helping her husband start up the Princeton Sno-Barons and played with her daughter on a mother/ daughter team “the Teddy Bears”. She also loved to sew, often making clothes for her children, grandchildren, teaching her daughter that same craft. When she sewed something for someone you knew it was from her heart..
She was affectionately known by her nieces and nephews as “the favorite Auntie”, always an infectious smile on her face, the life of family gatherings. She also had an adventurous spontaneous, stubborn spirit taking off on trips on her own, then calling when she reached her destination to let her daughter know where she was, much to her daughter’s horror.
She is survived by her son, Blair (Dawn) Weir, their 4 children, Jeremy Weir, Tanya Kimball, Josh Weir, and Travis (Kayla) Weir; daughter, Barbara (Robert) Morrison, and her 3 children, Jason Naparalla, Jennifer (Steve) Borden, and Kevin (Heather) Naparalla; her son, Robert Weir, his daughter, Amanda, and her son Michael (Esther) Weir; her great grandchildren: Tristian, Dakotah, Kaylee, Noah, Brayden, Kaden, Taylor, Rylie Gabriel, Brynna, Aubree, Kinley, Racelyn, Kayla and Hanna; sister, Virginia (Thomas) Mueller; her brother, Clarence (Linda) Larson and many nieces, nephews and friends that will miss her infections smile and adventurous spirit. She is preceded in death by her loving and devoted forever love, Gabriel; her parents, Elmer and Louise; her brothers, Elmer Jr., Herbert (Frankie) Bobbi, and Donald; and sister, Anita Gitzlaff.
As per LaVerne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of her life will be held at her home, N5528 County Road T, Princeton, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2022 when the flowers are blooming and the grass is green, hummingbirds and dragonflies are here. A memorial is being established by the family.
Mom- Dementia may have robbed you of part of your mind, but I thank God you always knew me, your daughter. It could not steal the memories’ that will always live in our hearts, especially these last few weeks together that I will always cherish. Thank you go out to my daughter, Jennifer, for providing comfort to your grandmother and myself in those final hours, and her granddaughter Tanya for her support, Aurora Home Health Care and Aurora Hospice to enable us to bring her home in comfort, and Father Dale Grubba for his last anointing and words of comfort. I love you mom, and will miss you beyond words. Fly high with dad and may you be dancing in the heavens within his arms once more. -Barb