ROCK FALLS – LaVerne D. Montgomery, 97, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Sterling Pavilion.
LaVerne was born Oct. 29, 1915, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Peter and Clara (Jurgens) Dietz. She married William H. Montgomery on May 27, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. Together, they operated Montgomery Body Shop, Yellow Cab Company, and Hertz Rent-a-Car. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1979.
She attended historic Allpress School as a child. She graduated from Rock Falls High School before attending business college in Pasadena, Calif.
She always was active as a community volunteer. In earlier years, she was a Girl Scout leader and District ARCW stewardship director. She also served as Church Women United president, at which time she helped establish the United Thrift Center, which still is in business.
She was club president of Rock Falls Woman’s Club for several terms, and served as a member of the Tri-County Opportunities Board for 20 years.
She loved to garden, visit the homebound, and sew with the Lutheran World Relief Quilters.
Survivors include a sister, Fern McCall of Warren, Mich.; a niece, Vicki (Eric) Hall of Aurora, Colo.; a nephew, Todd McCall of Grapevine, Texas; several nieces and nephews by marriage; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday and the service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is handling arrangements.
Memorials have been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Trust Fund and Rock Falls Public Library.
Visit www.schillingfuneralhome.com to send condolences.