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April 5, 1924 - May 15, 2015 A strong, independent woman, she lived each day of her 91 years to the fullest and died peacefully at her Sun City, CA home surrounded by her family. LaVerne overcame tough obstacles in her long life, becoming a source of optimism, humor and heart to all who knew her. A seventh generation Californian, she was the only child of a single mother. Most of her childhood was spent in San Francisco and Palo Alto. She moved to Southern California during high school where she went on to graduate from the Pasadena Playhouse and Whittier College. Her great love of teaching and family beat out her great love of acting. Most of her teaching career was with the Redondo Beach school district, where she taught 2nd-5th grades at Jefferson Elementary School. LaVerne raised four children alone in the White Point area of San Pedro. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Julianne. She had an incredibly positive attitude and a zest for living that impacted all who loved her. She loved art, theater and travel -- and indulged in all three often. She loved holidays and games and celebrated her 91st birthday this past Easter by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for her great grandchildren. She is survived by three children: Roxanne Arian of San Pedro and partner, Rob Tuinstra of Amsterdam; Michael Nielsen, and his wife, Jackie, of Bend, Oregon; and Steven Nielsen and his wife Becky of Monrovia. She also leaves eight grandchildren (Sean Arian, Justine Arian, Julianne Nielsen, Jake Nielsen, Casey Nielsen, Lacy Nielsen, Scott Nielsen and Reece Nielsen), and three great-grandchildren (Jadyn, Destan, Ryder). Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 29th at 2:30pm at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: the Caulder Lamm Alliance for Children in San Pedro, CA, a local charity that provides education in the arts for impoverished children or The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 28, 2015
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