May 1, 1921 – March 6, 2021
Our dear Laverne was born in rural North Dakota, the 4th of 8 children. As a teen, Laverne’s beauty and talent was recognized as she was selected Miss Jamestown, ND in 1939. A young man named Cal saw her picture in the paper and said, “I’m going to marry that girl!” They did meet and were married in 1942 and had 59 wonderful years together. A devoted wife, mother and homemaker, she and Cal raised 5 children (Paul, Tom, Julie, Mark and Suzanne). Her passion was always her family. She was always so proud of her 5 children, 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
In addition to raising a large family, she also held a number of jobs outside the home including working on a WWII assembly line, a long distance operator and service assistant for NW Bell Telephone, a receptionist for the Commonwealth Electric Company and Social Security office and served a 2 year term on the Fergus Falls, MN Human Rights Committee. Her love for children was demonstrated, in addition to raising 5 of her own, by serving as Treasurer for the school PTO board, den mother for Campfire Girls and 3 years with a screening program for pre-school children. Added to this, she volunteered for many years with the Red Cross Mobile Blood Bank.
Laverne and Cal loved doing home improvement or DIY projects including painting, sewing, crocheting, needlework, quilting, laying carpet or tile, gardening or often just building something. On the side, they operated the L&C Shop, a furniture restoration business specializing in restoring antiques, striping and refinishing furniture, caning and cane repair and furniture re-upholstery.
Laverne truly had a million dollar smile that lit up a room. She always had a positive attitude and often said “no one wants to be around a grumpy old person.” She was always elegant and graceful. She was one of the last of the greatest generation. Laverne was loved and will be deeply missed.
The family wishes to thank Grossmont hospice and her other care givers for their care and support during Laverne’s last days. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Grossmont hospice at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 or to your favorite charity.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
March 17, 2021
Dear Cousins Suzanne and Family, When I went out to the mailbox this snowy morning I found a letter with the return address of Laverne Heine on it. I almost immediately knew that this was maybe not some good news and I felt sad. Of course it was about the passing of your dear mother and my dear Reck 2nd cousin .
Thank you for thinking of me and letting me know. You all have our deep sympathy. I will say some prayers for her also.
After finding your family - ( my mother's Reck relatives ) out in Dakota Laverne and I had several long phone conversations and exchanged Christmas cards. I could tell she was a special lady although we never met in person.
It's sad that she passed so near her 100th - you know we Poles/Silesians (which she was 100% I believe) have a long tradition of "Sto Lat". It means "may you live to be 100". Laverne will have the angels sing Sto Lat to her in Heaven. God bless her soul. If you would please stay in touch.
March 14, 2021
My family had the pleasure of getting to know Laverne when Suzanne and her children lived in our neighborhood. Laverne was one of the kindness, beautiful, gentle souls a person was just so futunate to meet. She had the most wonderful smile that made you feel welcome in her home. She loved her family and adored all children ❤. God has gained 🙏 one beautiful Angel 😇. Sending love and prayers to her amazing family. God bless you 🙏 ❤ 🌹
Michael and Norma Lewis
March 14, 2021
Suzanne, Sarah and Brandon, my deepest condolences and prayers for you all. Laverne was a true treasure. Norma, the kids and I will always have her in our hearts. Those memories of all of us, Laverne and Cal, on the old street are forever. I remember you ladies rolling your eyes that time when Cal, John and I were swapping military (sea) stories. Such a great time that day. Until we see each other again, my love to all.
March 13, 2021
A beautiful soul has gone to heaven and I’m so blessed to have gotten to know her so well. These past few years I’ve learned so much, and heard so many wonderful stories. LaVerne loved to talk and I loved to listen. I’m so happy she was in my life and my grandchildren’s too.
She is already missed but she’ll never be forgotten. I pray her family find peace and happiness knowing she is with her beloved Cal.
March 13, 2021
I have so many memories of Laverne that it would be all but impossible to share just one. She always had a welcoming smile and a hug that made me feel like a member of her family instead of merely a friend. She was a woman of great faith and wisdom that she shared with everyone she met. She will be greatly missed but heaven has indeed gained another angel.
March 13, 2021
Taken during one of Santa Sophia’s choir potluck at their house, you are our Angel
March 12, 2021
I spent so many hours in the Henie home while growing up. . She was like a 2nd mother to me. As a child, I adored her, as an adult I admired her. Always grace and a smile. Never anything but a lady. I send the family love and light. Their lives are forever changed having lost her, but how blessed they are to have had her.