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Laverne J Sabelko

Laverne J Sabelko

Laverne J. Sabelko, age 86 of Durand, died Monday, November 14, 2022 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Menomonie.

Laverne was born on February 28, 1936 in the Town of Lima, rural Durand. He was the son of Andrew and Eleanor (Prissel) Sabelko. Laverne grew up in the Town of Lima and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Lima in 1954. In his early years, Laverne worked various jobs in Racine and Minneapolis, MN before returning home to farm in the Arkansaw area. Laverne married Patricia Burns on May 29, 1965 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in South St. Paul, MN. Together, they farmed and raised their family in Arkansaw. They retired from farming and moved into the City of Durand in 2002. In retirement, Laverne worked for the City of Durand in the summer mowing. He was always proud of helping the neighbors with their leaves in the fall. Laverne spent many years being the sole healthcare provider for his wife, Patricia when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Laverne enjoyed farming, gardening, playing cards and watching birds. He was an avid Packer, Badger and Brewer fan. Most of all, Laverne loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Laverne is survived by his children; Kathy (Randy) Anderson of Danbury, CT, Michael (Tracy) of Menomonie and Joe (Jen) of Las Vegas, NV, six grandchildren; Kaylee, Randy Jr., Marlie, Keavin, Tommy and Keegan, siblings; Leon (Vivian), MaryAnn (Bill) Bailey, Francis (Marlene), Lola (Dennis) Johns and Dennis (JoAnne), sister-in-law; Jo-Ann (Tom) Heinsch, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Patricia and siblings, Priscilla (Don) Neis and Gerald (Kathy) Sabelko.

The family would like to send a special thank you to all the caregivers for all the health care services provided over the years and to Steve and the neighbors for all the additional support.

Memorial Mass will be 11:00AM Friday, November 18, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw with Rev. Junabe V. Villapaz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.

Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.


  1. Barb (Bauer) Overman

    My thoughts and prayers to the for your loss.4

  2. Dale S Hammond

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers your way!

  3. Eugene Laschinger

    Dear Lavern's Family,
    I was your Mon's and dad's neighbor on the top of the hill. Your dad was such a nice person, very kind and always willing to help out whenever possible. He really loved farming but most of all he really loved all of you. He was truly a great human being. You have our sympathy and prayers.

    Eugene and Julie Laschinger

  4. Bob and Renee Craig

    Know that you are in our prayers at this time of loss in your family. Let the fond memories you have help you through.

  5. Darlene Marie Huppert

    Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to the family

  6. Mike and Tina Prissel

    So very sorry for your loss.

  7. steve schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  8. Christine Wilson

    So sorry for the loss of your brother.

  9. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to the Sabelko family. I grew up on a farm near Laverne and graduated with his sister Lola.

  10. Mary A Schwartz

    so sorry for your loss he is now back with his Pat he was a great friend and i have missed our weekly visits RIP my friend you always impressed me with your strong faith .

  11. Craig Swenson

    Sorry for your loss Francis and family

  12. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss

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