Obit: Laverty, Doloris E. (1928 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Laverty, Foster, Heiting, Kiel, Friedrichs, Bratz, Stroupe, Dietzel, Hermann, Dioka
----Source: Banner Journal (Black River
Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) March 3, 2010
Laverty, Doloris E. (28 April 1928 - 23
Doloris E. Laverty, 81, of Alma Center
died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau
Doloris was born April 28, 1928, in
Stanley to parents John and Ann (Foster) Heiting. She
graduated from Hannibal High School, in 1946 as salutatorian of her
graduating class. She graduated from Eau Claire State College
and received her M.S. Degree in English from Eau Claire.
She married Michael Vincent Laverty July
19, 1952, in Gilman. Michael was a district school
administrator who hired Doloris as an English teacher. She
taught at Fairchild High School from 1951 to 1967 when the couple
moved to Alma Center where she continued to teach until 1988.
Her husband preceded her in death Dec. 7, 2002.
Doloris had a great many interests with
family being foremost. While teaching, she was involved in
coaching forensics and drama. She continued her involvement
in educational activities after her retirement by serving as a
volunteer reading coach at the local elementary school and
coordinating the story hour program at the Alma Center Public
Library with Donna Keil. She was active in 4-H and in Jackson
County UW-Extension Homemakers/HCE programming. She was
recognized as a "Woman in History" in Jackson County. She was
also a member of the Alma Center American Legion
The Catholic faith was a major part of
Doloris’ life. She served on the church council of
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and also served as a reader
and Eucharistic minister. She was also an active member of
Saint Mary’s Altar Society and was a confirmation and CCD
teacher for many years.
Doloris loved to travel, taking trips
throughout the United States and Europe with family and
friends. She took an especially memorable trip to visit
family members in The Netherlands. She enjoyed traveling with the
Golden Girls travel group.
She was accomplished at sewing and
craftwork and was well-known for her high-quality hand-made teddy
bears and quilts. Other special pastimes included reading,
bird watching and gardening.
Doloris was a treasured friend to many
and will be greatly missed. She so appreciated the caring
community of wonderful neighbors and friends with whom she enjoyed
She is survived by four daughters, Mary (Ken) Friedrichs of Monroe, Margaret (Charles) Bratz of Whitehall,
Patricia (Phillip) Stroupe of Waukesha and Susan (Jerry) Dietzel of
McFarland; one sister, Jeanne Hermann; one brother, Leonard (Barbara) Heiting; five grandchildren, Peter Bratz, Kateri Bratz,
Michael Friedrichs, Andy Dietzel, and Theresa Dietzel; besides
nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Doloris E. Laverty
were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church in Alma Center with Reverend Father Jude
Dioka officiating. Burial took place in Saint Mary’s
Catholic Cemetery, Alma Center. Friends called at the
Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
with a 7:30 p.m. rosary service and one hour prior to services
Saturday at the church.
Casketbearers were: Peter Bratz, Andy
Dietzel, Michael Friedrichs, Brian Heiting, Chuck Hermann, Gary and
Memorials are preferred to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Alma Center, the Alma Center, Merrillan, Humbird School District or to the donor’s choice in memory of Doloris Laverty.
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