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With her granddaughters Cassie and Lauren by her side, LaVerne H. Bednar, 82, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Ascension All Saints Medical Center.  She was born in Racine on May 19, 1935, and was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Helen (nee:  Willing) Hengst.

She was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1954”.  LaVerne was employed as a school cook with the Racine Unified School District for many years.  She will be fondly remembered as an excellent cook, and a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.  She will be dearly missed by her children, Keith (Peggy) Bednar, Terri Rieker; ten loving grandchildren, Jen (Andy) Skuhra, Erik (fiancée, Lauren) Rieker, Aaron (fiancée, Melissa) Rieker, Nick (fiancée, Trisha) Bednar, Ian Bednar, Nina (Chris) Portman, Cassie Matovich, Ryan Paton, Randy (Ana) Biedenbender, Lauren Bednar; twelve great grandchildren; sister, Doris (Howard) Wohlgemuth; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, Laverne was preceded in death by her children, Kim Bednar, Traci Murray, Kurt Bednar; grandchildren, Billy Paton, Dana and Gina Bednar; sister, Eleanor (Alvin) Ziegenhagen.

Relatives and friends may meet for visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 5:30 p.m.

The family extends a special thank you to LaVerne’s many friends at Home Harbor and to the staff at Grace Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.