Laverne Tressa Bader
Laverne Tressa Bader
June 12, 1925- Oct. 2, 2018
Laverne Tressa Bader passed away on Oct. 2, 2018, in Seward, at the age of 93 years, 3 months and 20 days.
Visitation will be from 1-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Zabka Funeral Home in Seward, with family receiving friends from 5:30-7 p.m. A rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Revs. Michael Stec and Brendan Kelly celebrating. Graveside and interment service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Ulysses. Memorials can be made to School Sisters of Christ the King or Immaculate Conception Church.
Laverne Bader was born on June 12, 1925, in Lincoln to William and Mary (Haufle) Honvlez. Laverne grew up in Denton, where she graduated from Denton High School with the Class of 1943. After graduation, she attended business school in Lincoln and worked as a secretary. She held many jobs over her lifetime, including working at the Pentagon as a secretary shortly after it opened. She loved living in Washington, D.C., and spoke of her time there fondly throughout the rest of her life. Laverne moved back to Nebraska after a short while and it was then that she met her future husband Urban Bader at a dance at the Pla Mor Ballroom in Lincoln. Some time after the dance, she moved to San Francisco with her cousin, but her heart longed for Nebraska. She moved home to Nebraska where she met up with Urban again, and they later married on Laverne’s birthday, June 12, 1948, in Denton. The couple farmed in the Ulysses area, raising chickens and selling eggs. They had five children between 1949 and 1963.
Laverne loved being a mother, a housewife, and a helping hand on the farm. She was a member of the Westside Country Club (coffee club) and always enjoyed taking a meal and a mason jar of coffee to Urban out in the field. She enjoyed traveling to Columbus and Grand Island to the horse races. She and her two daughters even traveled to Europe for a month. She was a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Altar Society there. Laverne was also a member of the Seward V.F.W. Auxiliary. After Urban passed away in 1985, she moved to Lincoln. In Lincoln, Laverne worked for the Lincoln Journal-Star, spent time at the Senior Citizens Center, and frequented garage sales where she often found dishes to add to her dish collection.
Laverne is survived by her five children, Coleen M. McCormick of Ulysses, Mark S. Bader and wife Christine of Northfield, Minnesota; Philip L. Bader and wife Cindy of Seward, Gary U. Bader and wife Dolores of Gresham, and Martha J. Nepper and husband Scott of Omaha; 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary; husband Urban in 1985; grandson Eric Bader in 2001; brothers Joe and Clarence Honvlez; and sister Dolores Lindhurst.
Condolences may be left at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.