LaVerne Marie Brock
LaVerne was born In Wheeling, West Virginia on March 4, 1922. She was born LaVerne Marie Fisher, to Bernard C. Fisher and Grace F. Fisher/Davis. She had one sister, Eileen (Hess), 4 years older.
Her mother, Grace, passed away from Tuberculosis when LaVerne was only seven weeks old.
She was raised in Wheeling by her father Bernard and his sisters, Helen and Marie Ross, along with her cousins Donald and Francis Ross, whom she considered as brothers.
LaVerne spent her young life in West Virginia where she attended elementary school at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Warwood, and high school at St. Joseph’s Academy in Wheeling.
She met and married her husband, Frank W. Brock, when she went to visit her sister, who was now married (Paul Hess), in Huntington Park, California. They married in 1941 wand were married 38 years, until Frank passed away in 1979, here in Prineville, LaVerne never remarried.
She went back to live with her father and aunts in Wheeling while Frank was in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Her first daughter, Gayle (Kvarme) was born there in 1943.
When the war was over, for many years Frank’s job transferred them to several cities throughout southern California… Montebello, Oildale, Modesto, Wilmar, Rosemead, Bakersfield where son Thomas F. was born in 1948, Millbrae, San Mateo. They also lived in Houston, Texas and in Atlanta, Georgia. Their second daughter Kathleen (Hayes) was born in Atlanta in 1955. Then they moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, and later to Redwood City, California.
They retired to Prineville, Oregon in 1972, where they owned and operated Green Acres Mobile Park. LaVerne attended St.Joseph Catholic Church in Prineville and worked for a few years in the mid 1970’s at Coin Millworks paint room. She also worked a few seasons at Pacific Produce, also in Prineville.
In the late 1970’s they sold the mobile home park and Frank was Crook County Fairgrounds Manager until he passed away in 1979. Family moved her to live on Gayle’s property, where she loved caring for her home and garden up until her late 80’s. In her 80’s she was still driving her car and pushing her lawnmower… loving every minute of being outdoors.
The most important thing and greatest joy in her life was being a wife, mother and homemaker, and all those years being involved with and surrounded by the love of her family: Gayle and Al Kvarme, Kathy and Jody Hayes, Tom and Patty Brock… and being grandma to Linda Kvarme, Karen Kvarme, Justin Close, Amy Close, Betsey Brock/Fredrickson, Sally Brock/Ginder, and great grandma to Henry Frederickson, Marley Close, Grayson Close, Claudia Ginder/Brock, Varek Close. Her pet cats were part of her life too, and very much loved by her.
She remained healthy and active into her 90’s. When she began to need help with her care, several very caring caregivers helped care for her in her home for a few years until she could no longer live alone.
During that time wonderful, loving, volunteers from St. Charles Transitions program were part of her life. When she needed full time care she went into assisted living; Carriage Place, Regency Assisted Living, Ashley Manor in Prineville. Then into Brookdale Assisted Living in Redmond. The St. Charles Transitions volunteers followed her their loving care until she needed the help of Heart & Home Hospice. She passed away at 97 years old on April 11, 2019.
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