LaVerle B. Albu age 71 of Wabasso formerly of Belview passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Wabasso after she fought a courageous 3 year battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso.
Visitation is 4:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Private family burial will be at a later date. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
LaVerle Beverly Albu was born August 5, 1940 to Thomas and Myrtle (Bothum) Lecy on the farm southwest of Belview in Yellow Medicine County. She was baptized at Rock Valle Church and confirmed at First Evangelical Church in Belview. LaVerle attended all 12 years of school at Belview School and graduated in 1958. On February 21, 1959 she married David Michael Albu at First Evangelical Church in Belview. She worked at Sward Kemp in Redwood Falls for 1-1/2 years. The couple lived at Belview and farmed there for 5 years, at Seaforth for 2 years, and then moved to Wabasso in September of 1967. LaVerle became a stay at home mom for the next 12 years. They bought the Wabasso Greenhouse in 1972. In 1980 they closed the greenhouse and LaVerle became a daycare provider for 7 years. She then went back to Sward Kemp for 4 years and worked at Prairie Flowers for 2 years. LaVerle did daycare again for about a year and then started her final job at Salfer’s grocery store working the bakery shift and on the floor after all the baking was done. Family was her world; she dearly loved all her 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She loved to take pictures all her life, especially of the “kyds”. She and “the love of her life” were inseparable for 53 years of marriage and more if you count the years from first grade on when they met. LaVerle also loved spending time at the land they purchased north of Belview in July 2007. She loved camping and traveling, going to Hawaii for their 41st wedding anniversary.
LaVerle is survived by her husband David; children Laurie (nee Klinkhammer) (Randy) Eckel of Long Prairie, Ron (Char) of Wabasso, Pete (Teresa) of Redwood Falls, Gina Albu of Wabasso, and Kevin (Jenny) of Wabasso; grandchildren: Brandon, Joshua, Jordan, Joseph, Jacob, Jessica, Paige, Jamie, Krista, Dominick, Haley, and Harley; great grandchildren Briana and Jayce. She is also survived by brothers DelRay (Karen) Lecy of Battle Lake and Gene (Toni) Lecy of Marshall; and 11 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Myrtle Lecy, sister Marlene Green, son-in-law Bob Klinkhammer, two nieces, and one nephew.