LaVerne Koppy "Koppy" Aslesen

April 14, 1925July 27, 2014
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LaVerne Kopperud Aslesen arrived at her heavenly home on July 27th, 2014. She was a young 89 yrs old. Born in 1925 in Lake Preston, S. Dak. Her life began on the family farm. She was of Norwegian decent and raised with her ten siblings and her parents. She did everything from cooking and cleaning to milking cows and driving a tractor. LaVerne obtained her bachelor's degree from Augustana College in S. Dak. and started her teaching career. She married the love of her life, Robert L. Aslesen, in 1950. Bob and Koppy, as they were known, were happily together for nearly 55 years. They had four children.

In her early days she loved swimming and was a life guard. She was fiercely competitive at table games and sports, at the delight of everyone. She enjoyed bowling, badminton, singing, gardening, cooking and being a mom.

A whole new chapter opened up in her life after moving to California in the mid 1960's. She started teaching at the Hanford Adult school in 1967, and was well-loved by many students. She was an active member of her beloved St. James Lutheran Church, for 49 years. During her life she was also involved in PTA, HUHS Band Boosters, Hanford Community Chorus, Gardening Club, Kings County Symphony, American Assoc.of Univ. Women, and most recently Cal Retired Teacher's Association. She was blessed with a beautiful voice. She was the choir director for St. James for many years. She and her husband were featured soloists at several area churches and at weddings and funerals.

She is survived by two sisters: Gladys Arneson of Des Moines, WA and Lillian Hagg (Art) of Madison, S.Dak.; one brother-in-law -Herb Aslesen (Rosalie) of Spearfish, S.Dak and two sister-in-laws: Lari Marin of Mobridge, S. Dak.and Shirley Wood (Robb) of Sedona, AZ. Four children: Steven Aslesen (Sandra) of Novato, CA; Jeffrey Aslesen (Jocelyn) of Plano, TX; Jennifer Davis (Terry) of Visalia, CA, and Julie Wootten (Geary) of Hanford, CA. Five grandchildren: Brandon Davis and Jordan Davis (Kindra), of Visalia, CA and Claire, Jana, and Kimberly Aslesen of Novato, CA. Two step-grandchildren: Tobias Porter and Elizabeth Porter, and 6 step-great grand- children. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she also loved very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert; parents: Nellie and Arthur Kopperud; brothers: Milford, Nels, Herbert and Roy and sisters: Alice, Nellie Ann, Dotty and Mildred. Her faith was reflected in her daily acts of grace and kindness. She will be missed more than words can say.

Visitation will be Thursday July 31, 2014 from 5-7pm at People’s Funeral Chapel 501 N Douty Hanford CA. Graveside services will be Friday August 1st at 12pm at Grangeville Cemetery 10428 14th Ave Armona CA followed by a memorial service at St. James Lutheran Church 1780 Emma Lee Ln Hanford CA

Family and Friends may visit to send flowers and condolences to the family.

Arrangements under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel, Hanford, CA.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 1, 2014

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Kim Everill

August 3, 2014

It was a pleasure getting to know Laverne. She was such a sweet lady with a great smile. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Sincerely, Kim at Savemart Pharmacy

Lorri , Melvin and Jared Warthen

July 31, 2014

Jennifer and family we are so sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady and always had a kind word when we saw her. Sending prayers and love to you all.

Deon Weibel

July 31, 2014

Steve, Jeff, Julie, Jenny and families. My love and prayers go out to you all. Losing a parent is very difficult no matter what age. She was a wonder mother to you all and a fun, loving aunt to me. I have lots of great memories. Love Deon

David Vanaalst

July 31, 2014

Jen terry an family . So sorry to hear about your mom. She was the life of story telling. She a great lady now she with ur dad. An getting ready to put a garden in Heaven! Dave Tami mike josh

Roger Snow

July 30, 2014

Geary and Julie, hard times and good times! My heart goes out to you and all the family, Koppy was always a gracious lady every time I met her.

Paul Christensen

July 30, 2014

Aunt Lovey will be dearly missed. I loved to play board games with her she was very competitive and very fun to be around. I enjoyed our long conversations on so many topics. She will be greatly missed. The whole Aslesen family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Rick Snow

July 30, 2014

May happy memories fill your mind each time you think of Koppy.

Dot Salberg

July 30, 2014

Koppy we will miss you so much. Your sweet smile and your quick little walk. Your willing hands whenever there was something that had to be done. Your white knuckles when you were competing in a card game. Your good farm girl upbringing and your faith in God. Dick and I have always admired you and love you very much.

Debra Lines

July 30, 2014

Koppy was a great friend and fellow game player. She was a kid at heart and enjoyed life to its fullest. She will be greatly missed.

Chris Arneson

July 29, 2014

Lovey will be missed! She always was full of life, had a spunky walk and a wonderful laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.