Laverne R. Austin

February 1, 2018

Laverne R. Austin, age 91 of Farwell, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Prestige Place Assisted Living Facility of Clare.

Laverne was born the daughter of Charles and Lelia (Fair) Conrad on December 4, 1926 in Pemberville, Ohio.  In 1963, shortly after moving to Farwell, MI., Laverne was united in marriage to Albert “Bert” Austin, and he preceded her in death in 1993.

Laverne was a proud member of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall of Clare.  She had many passions that included crocheting blankets, clothes and toys, watching her birds, bragging after a big cribbage victory, baking (especially grandma cookies for family), and fulfilling her love of building dollhouses and miniatures.

Laverne is survived by children Barbara (Larry) Lockwood of Clare and Daniel (Marilyn) Murdock of Brant, her six grandchildren, her twelve great-grandchildren, and her four great-great -grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her children Joseph “Chucky” and Diane, her grandson Eddie, her parents Charles and Lelia, her sisters Geraldine, Aileene, Ida and Joyce and her brothers Ed and Robert.

A funeral service will take place for Laverne on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Clare Chapel of the Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home at 10:00 A.M. with Dan Ridenour of Clare’s Kingdom Hall officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery of Saginaw at 2:30 P.M.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 30, at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. and again from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions in honor of Laverne may be directed to MidMichigan Homecare and Hospice.

Those who are unable to attend may leave an online condolence at

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