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Mrs. LaVerne (Burgener) Shafer

September 29, 1917 ~ June 24, 2018 (age 100)

LaVerne Shafer, 100, of Galesburg, died at 4:14 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018, after a brief stay, in Seminary Manor.

She was born September 29, 1917, in Claremont, Illinois, the daughter of Harry L. and Ida V. (Hanes) Burgener.  She married Robert N. Shafer on June 13, 1942, in Kimball, Nebraska.  Bob preceded her in death October 14, 2012.

She is survived by a daughter, Diana Wojciechowski of San Antonio, Texas; three sons, David N. (Joyce) Shafer of Queen Creek, Arizona, James R. (Carol) Shafer of Tremont, and Donald L. (Barbara) Shafer of Peoria; nine grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

LaVerne was raised in Richland County, Illinois, where she graduated from Olney Township High School in 1935.  She attended Carthage College.  She was a teacher in Olney.  After living in Richland County for 34 years, the family relocated to Chenoa, where they lived for 21 years.  It was during this time that she taught piano lessons and was church organist for Trinity Lutheran Church there.  Next, life took LaVerne and Bob to Mendota, where they lived for 25 years before moving to Galesburg in 1996.  While in Mendota, she was the piano accompanist for the Singing Mothers.

LaVerne was a member of Galesburg Trinity Lutheran Church and its Ruth Circle.  She belonged to the Mendota Women’s Club and was a 50-year member of the Home Extension.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel.  Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Franek officiating.  Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hospice Compassus.  Online condolences may be made at

Donations may be made to:

Trinity Lutheran Church

Hospice Compassus

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