Laverne Elizabeth (Bonertz) Kast, age 93, of Yankton, South Dakota and formerly of Hartington, Nebraska, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, Nebraska with Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with a rosary at 7:00 PM followed by a vigil service with Reverend Michael Schmitz officiating. Visitation will continue on Monday, at church, one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Laverne's grandchildren: Michelle Grant, Jenny Palmer, Heather Otte, Jon Pick, Jeremy Heine, Dawn Mulloy, and Sean Mulloy. Honorary pallbearers are Laverne's great grandchildren: Nathan and Emma Grant; Maya and Miles Palmer; Aiden and Conner Mulloy; Ethan Adam; Blake and Gage Otte; and Jacob and Kian Pick.
Laverne Elizabeth (Bonertz) Kast was born December 26, 1923 in St. Helena, Nebraska, to Edward and Elsie (Becker) Bonertz, on the farm homesteaded by her grandfather, Michael Bonertz. She grew up and received her education in St. Helena, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Laverne stayed at home raising her younger brothers and sisters after her mother died from complications during childbirth. She would also help her father on the farm when needed. At times, she helped young mothers when they had new babies in the home. Laverne received her First Holy Communion and Confirmation at Immaculate Catholic Church in St. Helena. She married Alfred Kast on October 17, 1945 and in the spring of 1946 they moved to a farm 5 miles east of Hartington. It was there that her three daughters were born, Marilyn, Cheryl and Diane.
Laverne was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Ladies Guild, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America, Ministry of Praise, Block Rosary, VFW Auxiliary, and for many years participated in Perpetual Adoration. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved to play bridge and sheephead with her friends.
Survivors include her two daughters: Cheryl (Marlin) Mulloy of Yankton, South Dakota and Diane (Randy) Pick of Wayne, Nebraska; seven grandchildren Michelle Grant, Jenny Palmer, Heather Otte, Jon Pick, Jeremy Heine, Dawn Mulloy, and Sean Mulloy; 12 great grandchildren; nine brothers and sisters: Millie Gobel, Amy (Tom) Riefenrath, Mae (Raul) Valdez, Doris Suiter, Elaine Petrie, Kim (Mike) Kleving, Harold (Dori) Bonertz, Chuck (Sylvia) Bonertz, and Donnie Bonertz; sister-in-law, Olivia (Wilber) Grimm and brother-in-law, Clarence (Shirley) Kast.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred on January 14, 1998; daughter, Marilyn Repp; son-in-law, Paul Repp; great grandson, Tyler Grant; sister, Angela Barber; and brother, Ronnie Bonertz.
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What a special lady she was. Always a gem in her heart. I took care of her awhile back at Autumn Winds and she loved Jesus. She will always have a special place in my heart.
David Chang, GM Cobblestone Hartington
Fond memories of a truly kind and gentle aunt.
Aunt Laverne is one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever known. I will always hold fond memories of her and Uncle Al.
Cheryl, sorry to read of the death of your mother. I lost my mother this past year, too, and know the loss your are feeling. I send you comfort and my sympathy.
I am sending this message for my mother-in-law, Gerry Bonertz Pederson. Gerry fell on February 18 sustaining a fracture. Since then she has been in the nursing home in Viborg, SD. She has missed visiting Laverne because of this. Gerry sends her deepest sympathies to all of Laverne's family, and she will miss Laverne very much.
Gary & Marci Pederson for Gerry Bonertz Pederson
I met laverne in sister james she became my moms very best friend there , I loved visiting with her she helped me a lot an was a very beautiful person with the kindest soul i have ever met i will miss her , an i am thinking of you all in your time of sorrow.
Lori straatmeyer and Shirley Broz
Cheryl, Just heard of your mom's passing. I took care of your mom at Autumn Winds and always enjoyed my time with her. She was sweet and kind and never complained. Even though it's been a few years since I've seen her, I still think of her and remember her fondly. Prayers of sympathy to you and your family.
So sorry for your loss. I took care of Laverne at Golden Living in Hartington and got to know her very well. She was so kind and worried about me during one of my pregnancies. She will be missed by lots! Prayers for your family.
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