Lakeland College recently lost a loyal friend when LaVerne Carter passed away in Sheboygan. She was 92.
LaVerne's dedication to Lakeland was consistent throughout her lifetime. She funded the Albert and Meta Pohl Music Scholarship (named after her parents) and the LaVerne E. Carter Business Administration Scholarship. She also donated thousands of dollars to the college in the form of various gifts and was deeply committed to the women's guild on Lakeland's campus.
"For many years, LaVerne quietly supported a variety of charitable causes throughout Sheboygan County," said Stuart Merritt, Lakeland's director of major gifts and planned giving.
"LaVerne was typical of the many caring war generation friends who, through their generous gifts, positively impact our community every day. She knew Sheboygan and cared about Sheboygan, and her gifts will leave a lasting impact. We are blessed to have had her in our community."
During her life, LaVerne's giving spanned a number of diverse charitable causes, including St. John's United Church of Christ, the Sheboygan County Historical Society and the Salvation Army. She gave her time to a number of committees and activities at Lakeland College and helped plan Sheboygan North High School reunion efforts.
LaVerne was born in Sheboygan in 1921 and graduated with the first class from then-new Sheboygan North High School. She married Leslie Carter in 1944, but he passed away 31 years later, in 1975. The couple never had children, and LaVerne never remarried.
Her life was a rich montage of hard work, goodwill and philanthropy. She worked for years on the merchandise floor at Sears and the former Prange's on 8th Street in Sheboygan, and served as a long-time volunteer at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. That relationship with Aurora led to nursing scholarships and a large donation that funded the LaVerne Carter Radiology Center in 1998.
She will be remembered by those who benefited from her friendship and loyalty as a loving and compassionate woman who enjoyed helping others.