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Laverne A. Zurliene | Moss Funeral Home


Laverne A. Zurliene, age 81, of Breese and formerly of Beckemeyer, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at home with his family by his side. Born on December 9, 1942, in Damiansville, Laverne was a beloved son of the late Henry and Clara (nee Ratermann) Zurliene.


Laverne was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Ethel (nee Hemker), whom he married on September 20, 1966, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese. Ethel passed away on January 12, 2020. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Cornelius (Lorraine) Zurliene, Eileen (Elmer) Toennies, Kathleen (Robert “Jack”) Ripperda, and Rita (Jim) Horstmann; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Bernadine (nee Eversgerd) Hemker; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David Hummert, Florence (Clarence “Yank”) Rickhoff, Edward Hemker, Jr., and Robert Hemker; and close family friend, Ann Mohesky.


Laverne is survived by his devoted sons, Darin (Crystal) Zurliene of St. Louis, Russell (Pam) Zurliene of Breese, and Brad Zurliene of Beckemeyer; his treasured grandchildren, Serena Zurliene, Megan (Anthony Earl) Zurliene, Luke Zurliene, Kayla Zurliene, Madison Zurliene, Mylie Zurliene, and Mason Zurliene; and his beloved great-grandchild, Jemma Earl. He is also survived by his loving sisters, Phyllis (Robert) Dumstorff and Carol Hummert, all of Breese; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louis “Sonny” (Jane) Hemker, Marvin (Jan) Hemker, and Carol Hemker, all of Bartelso; close family friend, Vernon Mohesky of Breese; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard, Laverne dedicated many years to his career, working at Curtis Jansen Harvester in Highland, Poettker Construction in Breese, and Johannes Construction in Centralia as a Shop Manager. He was an active member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso, Beckemeyer American Legion Post 1227, and served for many years as a board member for the Carlyle Southwest Public Water District.


Laverne had a passion for repairing tools, gardening, and tending to his blackberry, pecan, and fruit trees. He cherished weekly sibling lunches at V & H Bowl in Breese, but above all, he treasured spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Bartelso with Fr. James Buerster presiding.  Interment will follow at St. Cecilia Cemetery, Bartelso.


Visitation will be Friday, June 14, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Moss Funeral Home in Breese and again on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 8:00-9:45 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Bartelso.


In lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, memorials may be made to Mater Dei Catholic High School or Beckemeyer American Legion Post 1227 and will be received at the visitation or by mail, Moss Funeral Home, 535 N 5th St. Breese, IL 62230, who is serving the family.

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