LaVerne Pope Horg

June 17, 1928October 16, 2020
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LaVerne Horg passed away on October 16, 2020, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

LaVerne was a Fresno native, born in 1928 to George William Henry Pope, founder and owner of Pope Tire Company, and Ireta LaVerne Rudy. She spent her youth discovering the seaside with summers at the coast with her grandmother, Patten Rudy, learning to surf and working at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Penny Arcade. She became an accomplished skier, tennis player and harpist, playing for her friends’ weddings, the Masonic Lodge and her Fresno High School graduation in 1946.

LaVerne went on to Fresno State College where she received her B.A. degree in Education in 1950. While at Fresno State, she was president of Delta Kappa (now Kappa Kappa Gamma), Class Secretary and Social Chairman, and a member of Tokalon. She actively participated in college life with the cheering squad, Rally Committee, Charm Chorus fundraising, Kappa Delta Pi and other clubs. LaVerne started teaching in the fall of 1949 and spent more than 33 years as a kindergarten teacher in Fresno Unified.

She started painting in the mid-60’s, with watercolor being her favorite. Her love of the ocean let her capture the beauty of the California coast in numerous studies. She also focused on mountain snow and Christmas. Many of her paintings were reproduced as greeting cards, which she happily gave to those who knew her or helped her in any way.

LaVerne was an active member of Fig Garden Women’s Club since 1989 and a strong supporter of their antiques and art and flower fundraising shows. She will be remembered as the lady who discreetly brought See’s chocolates for those working the shows. LaVerne loved to ballroom dance and was a member of the Assembly Dance Group for almost 50 years. She attended People’s Church for many years and loved to travel the world, making it as far as India for her 80th birthday to see the Taj Mahal and ride an elephant, and Australia at 85.

Family and friends were very important to LaVerne. She loved to play cards and host gatherings at Christmas time, playing Christmas songs on the piano for sing-along and ringing bells. She took great joy in giving small gifts to her friends, and believed in the importance of always being a lady.

LaVerne is survived by her husband Harold Horg of Fresno, sons Sage Gunderson of San Jose and Bill Horg of Fresno, and daughters Kathryn Gunderson of Menlo Park, Carole Schaefer of Poulsbo, Washington, and Stacy Peuker of Escondido.

An open visitation will be held at Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel, 202 N. Teilman Avenue, Fresno, on Friday, October 23, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Burial services will be private for immediate family only due to the covid epidemic.



  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 23, 2020


  • Private Family Burial will be held


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Lena Bradford

October 18, 2020

Laverne was always the epitome of a true 'lady'. Such a wonderful giving person. I was fortunate to receive her cards for birthdays and holidays throughout the year. I learned to open them over a counter, because she loved adding the little confetti to them.....always holiday themed. She also loved 'junking' and I would often run into her in Clovis during one of the events........ We met at the Door Gallery where she painted seascapes always trying to capture the waves that she did so well. She did share with us that she skied and travelled and that she enjoyed dancing, but I cannot remember her telling us about the harp.... Such an accomplished woman. Last but not least, her family was everything to her, she was so proud of them all. She will definitely be missed by so many and I am so very happy to have called her friend.
(the photo is from a workshop that she took with the internationally acclaimed Brazilian watercolor artist Fabio Cembranelli in Fresno,, CA 2017)

Sally Delap-John

October 18, 2020

Laverne was my student in watercolor at the Door Gallery. I learned so much from her. She was always so cheerful and interested in her paintings and how to improve them. We exchanged Christmas things for years after I moved to New Mexico. She would send me her cards of ocean scenes, I would send my little calendars. What a sweet gal.

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