Laverne J. Steiner
Jan 12, 1924 – Jun 7, 2017
Preceded in death by wife, Phyllis; son, Don; daughters-in-law, Peggy and Lennis. Survived by children: Barbara Steiner, John Steiner, Lois Kippels (Craig), and Gary Steiner (Melissa); 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six brothers; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 9th from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, June 10th at 10am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church or Holy Name Catholic Church.
Laverne was born in Eden, South Dakota, to Katherine (Vogel) and Frank Steiner. Laverne was preceded in death by his wife of nearly fifty years, Phyllis (Opitz) Steiner. Also preceding him was their son, Don and his wife, Peggy, as well as daughter-in-law, Lennis (John’s wife).
Surviving children are Barb, John, Lois (Craig Kippels) and Gary (Melissa). Laverne has twelve grandchildren: Pete Steiner, Sally Steiner, Kim Kippels-Copeland, Frank Steiner, Joe Kippels, Jill Joyce, Sarah Anguiano, Susan Kippels, Kristen Steiner, Julia Steiner, and Luke Steiner.
His fifteen great grandchildren include Haley Steiner, Kaylynn Knuth, Nolan Steiner, Evan Steiner, Grace Steiner, Sophia Steiner, Mairead Willamack, Owen Willamack, Tristan Joyce, Taylor Joyce, Abigail Anguiano, Luca Copeland, Zoe Copeland, Jax Kippels, and Collins Kippels.
He was the third of eleven children. He is preceded in death by brother, Norbert and his wife, Fidelis; sisters, Colletta and her husband, Leo Aldentaler, Loraine and husband Joe Waletich; sister-in-law, Rose Marie (Dan’s wife) and sister, Ruth. Laverne’s surviving siblings are Duane and his wife Pam, Dan, Florenze, Fred and his wife Jean, Alvin and his wife Paula, and Elmer and his wife Vivian. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Joyce (Opitz) Larson and her husband, Gene.
Together, Phyllis and Lavern have more than fifty nieces and nephews plus their spouses. Family get-togethers over the decades were always enjoyable and memorable. He and Phyllis traveled often. In the early years the family made many trips to South Dakota and Missouri to visit family. Later, while trips to see family continued, they also spent time exploring states from Florida to Alaska.
Growing up in Eden South Dakota, Vern was a humble man who loved his family and truly prized spending time with them. One of eleven children, he was raised with a strong spirit and a strong work ethic. He loved a good meal and a good beer. Vern was a longtime Butternut Bread route salesman and a loyal Red Cross volunteer. An avid wood worker, he made many gifts for his children and grandchildren. Post office banks, doll cribs, bookshelves and cedar chests can be found in their homes around the world. Being a KC Royals and Husker football fan, he enjoyed nothing more than having friends and family around to watch a game.
Vern had a way of making solid friendships wherever he went. Friendships that began while living in South Dakota, South Omaha, North Omaha and West Omaha lasted lifetimes. In his later years, he picked up friends who could no longer drive and took them to lunch, grocery stores and barbershops. Still later, and most recently, other younger friends provided his transportation to breakfasts and lunches.