LaVerna Eiler, age 87, of Olivia died Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Olivia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. Mass of Christian Burial is Monday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation for LaVerna is Monday at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
LaVerna Mathilda Eiler was born August 30, 1931 at Sleepy Eye, MN, to Joseph and Veronica (Sellner) Seidl. She grew up in the Sleepy Eye area and attended school there. When she was a teenager her family moved to a farm northeast of Olivia. LaVerna married Jerome J. Eiler on February 15, 1949 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. They lived and farmed northeast of Olivia and were blessed with ten children. Besides being a homemaker she had also worked at various places around Bird Island, as well as at Green Giant, Olivia Canning Factory, Olivia Nursing Home, and the Renville County Hospital. LaVerna was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island where she had taught third grade religious education and was active with the CCW and funeral committee. She was also a member of the Renville County hospital auxiliary. LaVerna had enjoyed crocheting, rug hooking, flowers, gardening, canning, baking, painting, reading, and especially family get-togethers. LaVerna has resided at the Olivia Nursing Home these past four years.
LaVerna is survived by her children: Douglas (Margaret) Eiler of Redwood Falls, Janice (Mike) Berger of Lincoln, NE, Jerry (Susan) Eiler of Olivia, Ronald (Nancy) Eiler of Olivia, Bill (Debbie) Eiler of Brooten, Jean (Don) Ericson of Spicer, Cindy Audus of Waseca, Mary (Gary) Dishaw of Florida, and Patricia (Andy) Larson of Rochester; her 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and her brother Gary Seidl of Bird Island. LaVerna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jerome; her daughter Virginia Eiler; her brothers: Robert Seidl, Harold Seidl, and Joseph Seidl, Jr.; and two infant grandchildren.
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