LaVerne G. LeBlanc


Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident LaVerne G. LeBlanc died Sept. 7, 2007, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 98.

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Born Nov. 7, 1908, in Bainbridge, Mich., to Percy and Nettie Gaude Stickney, she lost her father when she was 4 and her mother when she was 11. She had a brother who died at an early age in Kalamazoo, Mich. The children lived with relatives on farms until they were older.

In 1927, LaVerne went to work for the Home Telephone Co. for 15 years in Elkhart, Ind. She attended occasional football games in South Bend, Ind., when Knute Rockne, succeeded by Elmer Layden, was coach.

Soon after, she applied to government civil service and was assigned a position in a month's time by telegram to the Corps of Engineers at the Vigo Ordinance Plant in Terre Haute, Ind. Each year led her to transfer within the Corps of Engineers as work came to closing. Next was Louisville, Ky., for one year; Prince Rupert, British Columbia, for one year; and Fairbanks for 11 years.

She married Paul T. Trichak and owned a corporation and a bakery, which burned to the ground one night. She eventually divorced.

She went to Seattle for 10 years after selling a beautiful home, her family said. She worked at Bon Marche for five years, Best's Apparel for one year, the Washington state ferries for two years and other positions in between. She married LeBlanc in Seattle and divorced two years later.

She came to Juneau in the 1970s and worked for state and federal agencies for many years, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Social Services, Longevity Bonus and the Department of Fish and GameShe also worked at Ann's Junior Shop and Behrends Department Store for five years.

Her family said she excelled in ceramics and loved working with flowers. She often placed hanging flower baskets in the hallways and made arrangements on the tables and piano in the Mountain View Senior Center. She loved beautiful clothes and wore them with grace, her family said. A very caring and giving person, she will be sorely missed, they said.

She had no known living relatives for many years.

Donations are acceptable for Meals on Wheels at the Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St., Juneau, AK, 99801.

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