Laverne Mae Stoddard
1923 - 2021
Lodi Funeral Home
725 South Fairmont
Lodi, CA
Laverne Mae Stoddard joined her husband, Gerald, in Heaven with her Lord and Savior on November 9, 2021. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Laverne was a prayer warrior, praying for all of her family and loved ones daily, and even for those she didn't know. You may have been on that list!
Born on October 17, 1923 in St. Paul Nebraska to Larimore and Mamie Jacobson, Laverne was the third of six children, Quentin, Arlyne, Dorothy, Arvilla and Donald. Laverne married Gerald, her high school sweetheart, in Pensacola, Florida's Naval Base Chapel. It was there they began their Navy life together. They had four children: Donna, Kathryn, Stephen and Judith. After Gerald's retirement from the Navy, they settled in Lodi. Laverne was a wonderful homemaker, welcoming and loving family and friends unconditionally. Thanksgiving was always a cherished time for the family when a huge group of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends joined together to enjoy feasting on all of the aunts' specialties. But what always topped it off were "Aunt Laverne's famous hand-decorated turkey cookies". (You could only have one!) Laverne felt truly blessed by all of her family and friends. Her love of God, family and friends defines her (Proverbs 3:10 – You are more precious than jewels).
Laverne is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald; and siblings, Quentin Jacobson, Arlyne Coons, Dorothy Gunter, Arvilla Sikes and Donald Jacobson. She is survived by her children, Donna Siria (Richard), Kathryn Stoddard, Stephen Stoddard (Sandy), and Judith Stoddard-Closson; as well as 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a very special heart-felt thank you to Laverne's dear, loving caretaker, Mele.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Lodi Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:00 at the Lodi Memorial Cemetery.
Donations may be made in her name to: Hospice of San Joaquin County, Grace and Mercy Charitable Foundation or Bear Creek Community Church Memorial Fund.

Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 2021.
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Sending hugs to Laverne´s family! She was a very dear sweet lady and we know everyone who knew her will miss her. God bless her and her family!
Gary & Liza Kanemura
November 19, 2021
Steve, Judy and family- Saw the obituary in the paper and made me so sad. Just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you. Prayers for your Mom.
Daniel Gruber
November 17, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to all who loved Laverne. She was the sweetest lady her love for the lord leaves such a beautiful legacy. We rejoice knowing she is with her savior, she got her crown! Prayer for peace, comfort and Gods continuous love until that day you see her again. May God Bless You Always!
Jeff & Lisa Amos
November 16, 2021
Jennifer, Kevin and Callie
November 15, 2021
Dear Stoddard family....So sorry for the loss of your sweet mom. I always thought of her while driving past her house on Vine. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
Marcia Fitzgerald
November 14, 2021
My sympathy to all of you.
Jan luiz
November 13, 2021
Praying peace and love for all of you that our dear friend Laverne leaves behind. We will miss her but rejoice that she is reunited with Jesus and Gerald!
Ray & Teresa Cathey
November 12, 2021
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