LaVerne "Ernie" Knoll, 97, of Traer, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Sunrise Hill Care Center of natural causes. Graveside services were held Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa.
LaVerne Evelyn Knoll was born September 8, 1914 in Grundy Center, Iowa to John and Laura (Smith) Nahrgang. She received her education in the schools of Waterloo, Iowa. She was joined in marriage to Gaylin (Bud) Knoll in 1942 and they made their home in Waterloo for five years. She and Bud then moved to State Center, Iowa in 1947 where they lived and worked for several years returning to Hudson in the 60's where they bought a home and lived until moving to a retirement home in 2003.
"Ernie" as she was known to family and friends was a seamstress of professional level abilities, tailoring suits and making wedding gowns, constructing quilts which she designed herself on a grid which she and Bud devised. She also knit, embroidered, tatted and crocheted. For several years she knit newborn caps, blankets and booties for the hospital nurseries in Waterloo. If it involved thread and some sort of needle she was a master of it. And she joyfully shared her work with everyone.
LaVerne was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Past Matron of Cleo Chapter #303 of State Center, Iowa. She was a member of Hudson Community Church, Hudson, Iowa, where she served as chairman of the annual bazaar in the 70's, she also worked on various committees involving the bazaar for several years and she sang in the choir.
LaVerne loved to play cards and it was pretty cut throat playing against her and Bud, she took no prisoners, thrashing you with a twinkle in her eye. She and Bud kept a beautiful garden for years, canning and freezing vegetables and sharing with everyone. They planted trees which they brought home from fishing trips and their former home has many lovely shade trees to remind us all of their love of nature and growing things.
LaVerne is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Gaylin Harold (Bud) Knoll on March 14, 2008. Also by her parents and only sibling, brother William Nahrgang Sr., and his wife Marie of Austin, Minnesota and their son, her nephew, William (Billy) Jr. and his wife Dutch also of Austin.
She is survived by her daughter, Marlys Damman, Richardson, Texas and 3 grandchildren, Catherine Damman Richardson, and husband Jim of Marshalltown, Iowa, Robert Damman and wife Jodi, Huxley, Iowa, Steven Damman , Richardson, Texas, and her niece Trudy and husband Bernie of Cedar Park, Texas. She has 6 great grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.