Laverne Mary Magdalene Carey


January 31, 1911 - February 8, 2015



Laverne Mary Magdalene Carey was born to John and Agnes (Raue) Sabers, January 31, 1911 at Salem, SD. 

She grew up in Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1928.  For nine years she worked at the McCook County National Bank, in Salem.  On August 18, 1938 she married George Carey at Salem, SD.

They lived in Montrose until 1952 when they moved to Mitchell and she was a resident since that time.  She had many interests including gardening, sewing and crochet handiwork, playing classical piano, and was an avid bridge player.  Poetry was another source of enjoyment for her as well as working the Daily Republic Cryptograms and Jumble.  She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.  Laverne rode her bicycle until she was into her nineties.

Laverne was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family Altar Society and the National Catholic Society of Foresters.

She is survived by two sons, Patrick (Phyllis) Carey, Newton, WI, Gerald “Jerry” (Patty) Carey, Mitchell, SD; and four daughters: Mary (Ed) Kentch, Omaha, NE, Adele Carey, St. Louis, MO, Valerie (Chuck) Erpenbach, Lake St. Louis, MO and Janine (Larry) Wehrkamp, Rapid City, SD; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and several Honduras sponsored children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George (1988); two grandsons, Thad and Peter; five sisters; four brothers; and her parents.




The family gives special thanks to Cheryl Rothfuss and all the caregivers

who enabled mother to stay in her own home until her death.



Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, February 12, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Charlene Lund on February 12, 2015
Dear Adele - So sorry to hear of Laverne's passing. I remember her being an amazing woman and am not surprised she lived to be 104! You always had such deep respect and reverence for your mother. Mother's are the glue and I hope she will continue to inspire stories and bring your family together. Heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
Charlene Lund
Posted by Sister Michelle Meyers on February 12, 2015
I have fond memories of Luverne and George from the time I lived in Montrose. They were both so
good to my family and me. May God bless all of you who mourn her death and celebrate her life!
Posted by Della and Paul on February 12, 2015
Janine thank you for sharing your mother with me. We had good times at your home over coffee with your mom. Symphathy to all your sibings. Our prayers are with you.
Posted by JoAnne Flannery Weber on February 11, 2015
I remember Laverne and your father, George, with much fondness when they lived in Montrose.. They were good friends of my parents, Joseph and Clara Flannery. I am a sister to Betty Flannery Rotert and Cathy Flannery Duffy. My sympathy to your families.
Posted by Elwin & Rosalie Hohn on February 11, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Carey families, Adele your mom will be missed, but you have so many wonderful memories that will last forever.
Posted by Sprint EE Team on February 11, 2015
Teresa and family, We are deeply saddened to hear about your grandmother. May the wonderful memories you have comfort you at this time and bring peace in the days to come.
Posted by Denny & Marty Andrzejewski on February 11, 2015
We are sorry to hear about Luverne. We are in California visiting our son. Please accept our prayers for the family. We will miss seeing you, Adele, at Mass. Gods speed to you all.
Posted by Tom Mackey on February 11, 2015
Very sorry to hear about Laverne, but we all know she is in the express lane to heaven. I always enjoyed and will miss our October visits, with my friend "Edith". She would get on me if I didn't put that in.
Posted by David G. Schultenover, S.J. on February 11, 2015
What a marvelous life! I am pleased and honored to know her through her son Pat. I celebrate her fullness of life, not knowing whether to pray to her or for her. I'll leave the choice to her redeemer.
Posted by Kay (Hemmer) Shafer on February 10, 2015
The first time I met Luverne (more than 50 years ago) I knew she was Special, and she proved it to all of us by getting to live to be over 104 years of earth. She will be a True Angel in the Arms Of Her Loved Ones and Walking with The Lord around heaven. Love & Prayers to her family & friends.

Sorry we shall miss Laverne's Funeral, as MaryLynn & Adele knows we travel south for the winter months.

We shall visit your parents grave in the Spring. Our sympathy to Laverne's family & friends. Gary & Kay
Posted by Sharon Unzicker Graber on February 10, 2015
Grand Lady, I shall miss visiting you when I come to Mitchell. You left a fine legacy in your children. Now you can be with Jesus, all the angels and the saints, your family and my Mother. She will be so happy.
Posted by mike quinn on February 9, 2015
luverne--- you saw my mom through some tough times- thank you- and you raised 2 of my boyhood buddies- i will be thinkin' about you until it is my turn- then i will kibitz that card game with you, george and my mom and dad- thanks again
Posted by Tony on February 9, 2015
A Grand Dame who raised a most notable Family in a stellar fashion leaving this world in a far better way in which she found it. GODSPEED Laverne Mary!
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