LaVerne Adelle Skarda, age 92, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 14, 2022, at Woodside Manor.
LaVerne was born on August 4,1930 to George and Odeal (Ausloos) Jenquine as the youngest of six on a farm in Leona, WI. In 1947, LaVerne graduated from Lena High School. She later married her high school sweetheart, Donald Skarda, on October 17, 1951. Together they had four children and remained married for 48 years until Donald passed away in 1999. As a wife, she stayed home full time to care for her children and home. As a grandma, she nourished her sweet tooth by working at Pioneer Distribution Center where she often shared samples of new candies with her grandkids.
In addition to sweets, LaVerne enjoyed dancing the Polka, long drives in the car, cabin get-aways, decorating and hosting friends and family for holidays. She made a mean lemon poppy seed bread and potato salad and could clean a pair of shoes with a toothbrush like nobody’s business. She was no stranger to a good sequin sweater or a cheeky comment and was always up for adventures, including white water rafting even when she didn’t know how to swim. (Thanks Bob, for pulling her out of the water!) She had a zest for life and a knack for humor that brought joy to those around her.
Even in her final days, she said she wanted to go dancing and proclaimed that “time goes so fast”. She was always grateful for visitors from near and far; from friends, old and new, and loved her family above all.
She is survived by her three children: Julie (Bob Lowy), Thomas, and James; her four grandchildren: Andy (Melanie Lowy), Erin (David Stellmach), Anita Lowy, and Ashley Skarda; and her four great grandchildren: Benjamin and Elizabeth Lowy and Eliana and Dominic Stellmach. LaVerne was preceded in death by her first-born infant son, Mark; her husband Donald; her parents George and Odeal; five siblings: Ethel Jenquine Kushava (Henry), Marvin Jenquine (Elsie LaFortune), Harold Jenquine (Esther), Earl Jenquine and Robert Jenquine (Phyllis); and her long-time friend, Marvin Gries.
The family would like to thank Woodside Manor staff for the exceptional care they provided to LaVerne in her last two years of life.
A celebration of LaVerne’s life will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at The Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay. Visitation will start at 9:30 am and Deacon Mike Dabeck will officiate the funeral service at 12:00 pm. Entombment will take place later at Allouez Mausoleum.