LaVerne Dorothy Burkhart Grotewiel was born on August 16, 1923, was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Herbert Charles and Edna Mae Friese Burkhart and passed away on September 17, 2022 at the age of 99 years.
When she was five years old, she joined the Southwest Turner Hall where she learned to dance and lead physical education. LaVerne went to Monroe School in grades K-8 and Roosevelt High School in St. Louis. She attended Harris Teacher’s College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education. She obtained her BA in Education in 1940.
She taught at Cleveland School for three years while working at J.C. Penney as a cashier after school and in the summers.
At 23, she began working at Fox Spring Lodge in Cuba, Missouri as a waitress in the summer. This is where she Willard Grotewiel. They married on January 30, 1948, in St. Louis, Missouri.
She joined the Presbyterian Church in Cuba, Missouri after being raised Lutheran. She had a very strong faith in God and began each morning reading her Bible.
She taught in Cuba for 30+ years in first and second grades.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Edna Burkhart; husband, Willard Calvin Grotewiel; sister, Audrey Bosslet and brother-in-law Joseph Bosslet; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Michael and Violet Grotewiel Cullen; and stillborn daughter, Elaine Audrey Grotewiel.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Sue Grotewiel Sullivan and son-in-law, Albert Charles Sullivan Jr.; three grandchildren, Matthew Jacob Rohrer (Kristin), Ann Theissen Rohrer and Sally Diane Sullivan-Shinn (Greg); six great grandchildren, Jacob Daniel Rohrer, David Matthew Rohrer, Margaux Julia Woods, Simon James Woods, Madelyn Fuller Shinn Usherwood (Matt) and Parker Christian Shinn; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Presbyterian Church in Farmington, Missouri
Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at the Presbyterian Church in Farmington, Missouri with service conducted by Reverend Bob Bullock and Reverend Racquel Tomacruz.
Interment was at the Kinder Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Cozean Memorial Chapel & Crematory in Farmington, Missouri.