La Verne Steirer
(Nee Hansen) Found peace on January 5, 2021 at the age of 92. La Verne was born in Milwaukee to Hans and Dehlia (Kitzerow) Hansen on July 12, 1928. She graduated from Rufus King High School. She worked at Milwaukee City Hall prior to marriage. When her children went off to college, she worked in Real Estate for many years.
She was a beloved wife of William Steirer for 67 years. Proud and loving mother of daughter Debra Johnson (Jim) and Neil Steirer (Becky). Joyful Grandmother to five Granddaughters: Jennifer Ressmann (Tom), Courtney Walton (Scott), Bonnie Banks (Russ), Stacey and Brianna Steirer. La Verne was also blessed with four Great Granddaughters: Lillian, Scarlett, Lacey and Gwendalynne.
La Verne was a victim of Alzheimer's. We lost her to this disease in 2010. She went from a vibrant woman who traveled the world with her friends, played cards (sheepshead), rode her horses, was on the board of the Wisconsin Bee Association plus met with her friends at the club every week. Bill and LaVerne loved their lake cottage. Unfortunately, because of the cost to care for Alzheimer's patients, the cottage had to be sold. While not able to fully comprehend, she was heartbroken to see one more adventure come to an end. La Verne dearly loved her many dogs & horses. She was a generous contributor to animal causes. She was robbed of knowing her great granddaughters. Instead of enjoying life as she once knew it, La Verne lived at Lutheran Home for six years until she moved to Oak Terrace Senior Living in Jordan, MN to be close to her daughter. In March 2020, Covid-19 struck, leading to confinement and minimal window visits. While treated with kindness by the caretakers, she was not able to leave the facility until her death. How can we not all cry out to find a cure for this crushing disease?
Proceeded in death by her parents Hans and Dehlia Hansen, her older brother, Jack, and her husband, William Steirer.
Private burial at Wisconsin Memorial Park. Contributions to the Wisconsin Humane Society OR THE ALZHEIMER FOUNDATION in her name would be appreciated.
Mother: I lost you twice
I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence as I often speak you name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart.
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jan. 6 to Jan. 10, 2021.