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Ferguson, LaVerne Caroline (Nee Miske) Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, August 5, 2018. She would have told you this happened because at 97 years of age, she could do what she wanted. Many friends would tell you that she was a leader, a solution maker, a mediator, a volunteer, and a clear thinker. Some would tell you that she was a PTA president, church choir director, volunteer Girl Scout leader and consultant for 25+ years. Some would tell you that she enjoyed her participation in church committees, choir, and mentorship. Others would tell you that she was a teacher, an organizer, a singer, a piano player, a quilter, a traveler, and a computer guru. And others would tell you that she was a kind, soul-full friend, easy to love. And she loved her friends in return. Her family would tell you that she was a role model, supporter, helmsman, an empathizer and their rock of stability and sensibility. Some would say a mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and a cousin. Her family knew her as a caretaker, a gardener, a baker, a reader, a sewer, a glass blower, and a pragmatist who was practical and down-to-earth. They would say how much she enjoyed the symphony, musicals, and repertory theatre. They would tell you that she was supporter of causes like education, political fairness, ecology, racial and gender equality, and access to opportunities for all who strove to live a better and good life. They would tell you she was delicate and strong. And they would tell you how much they appreciated her and loved her. And she loved her family in return. She might have reminded you that she was a girl once, born to and raised by Rudolph and Lulu, on a thriving dairy farm near Allenton, in Wisconsin's northern kettle moraine. As a child, she played barefoot with her brother Edgar, sister Myrtle, cousins and the neighborhood kids. She went to high school in Campbellsport and sang in the church choir. She was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. While studying music education at Milwaukee State Teachers College, she met the handsome Earl Ferguson Jr., at the Baptist Church youth group. Love sang a song and they wed in 1942. After marriage they lived in Portland, Oregon; then settled in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She would remind you that she loved her husband and marriage. And he loved her in return. She would have told you she loved her daughters Carol Jung Ferguson, Nance Ferguson Horowitz (Mark), and Ann Marie Ferguson (John Kaczmarczyk). She would have told you she loved and adored her grandchildren Bryan C Gilliom (Tracy), Stacy Gilliom Gallagher (Jake), Bronwyn Marie Richardson (Chad Balthazor), Nathan J Rosnow (Anne), and Katie Rosnow Nadler (Jason). And she would have told you she loved, and had great anticipation for, the next chapter - her great-grandchildren Hannah Marie Eckl, Robert Nathan Rosnow, and Jonathan Joseph (aka JJ) Rosnow. She loved her niece and nephews. And her family loved her so much in return. She left word that memorial donations may be made to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, (note: Earl and LaVerne Ferguson Fund), 101 W Pleasant St., Ste 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212, or the Unitarian Universalist Church West, (note: LaVerne Ferguson), 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005. Her memorial service will be September 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church West, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 12, 2018
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