LaVerne M. Karsen

LaVerne M. Karsen, 98, of Baldwin, went to meet her savior on Friday, June 3, 2011. LaVerne was born on March 5, 1913 in Berrien Springs, Michigan to Albert and Zina (Bowerman) Stemm, and was Miss Blossom Time Queen in 1931.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Karsen, her son Robert Miller, and several brothers and sisters. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Bonnie (Wilber) Merrill of Baldwin, Betty (Lowell) Brownell of Traverse City, and Dale (Edie) Miller of Baldwin and Florida; her 7 granddaughters, Susan Merrill, Karen (Ken) Meinke, Sheila (Eric) Goole, Lisa Adkin, Shari (Jeff) Faultersack, Kathy (Scott) Alferink, and Diane Brownell; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside Memorial Service will be held for LaVerne at a later date in St. Joseph. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Grand Oaks Nursing Center Activity Dept., 600 Denmark Street, Baldwin, MI 49304. Funeral arrangements are being cared for by the Wyman Funeral & Cremation Services – Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville.