LaVerne Goerlich (nee DeLoach)…January 7, 1937 – February 15, 2018

LaVerne Goerlich (née DeLoach) died peacefully at home surrounded by family in Big Bear Lake, CA on February 15th, 2018.

She was born January 7, 1937 to Ethel and Hoyt DeLoach in Garden City, Kansas. Her older sister LaVonne helped welcome her home.

Her younger brother Jim came along a year later and younger sisters LaRoyce and LaNette finally rounded out her immediate family.

The LaLas (as they have been affectionately nicknamed) were a sisterhood who maintained close relationships their whole lives. Though outnumbered, Jim was a great brother who joined in mischievous adventures with LaVerne, much to the horror of LaVonne. LaRoyce became chief babysitter when LaVerne’s kids came along and LaNette was just a bit older than the kids and acted as a wonderful companion to keep them entertained. (Though not out of trouble).

LaVerne was a graduate of Lamar High School, class of 1955.

LaVerne passionately loved simple things: family, laughter, singing, crafting/sewing/jewelry-making.

She had a blended family that included children & spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and their families. LaVerne’s calendar was filled with celebrations of each of these life events.  One of our fondest memories of mom was her phone call on birthdays at the crack of dawn to sing Happy Birthday. We always competed to see which of us were “first” to call her on holidays with our wishes and songs. Tim usually won because he is an early riser.

Her gift packages and cards were mini works of folk art, always customized for the recipient–she even included beloved family pets. Some of our favorites were wonder-woman capes, aprons, personalized Christmas ornaments, origami money in cards–one could feel her joy as she thought up new ways to be silly as well as thoughtful. These gifts and tokens were an outward expression of her love and delight in what/who mattered most in her life.

Mom spent most of her adult life on the southern Mendocino Coast in Anchor Bay.

She was a mainstay at the Anchor Bay General Store from 1973 until 1997. She began keeping the books for Pat’s Plumbing in 1987 and she was the bookkeeper for Tim’s restaurant The Galley at Arena Cove from 1993 until 2002. She also had a delightful time working part time for Deanna in her gift shop on the pier.She loved people and being in the center of what was happening. The work suited her to a T.  In addition, she was always a part of the Pt Arena boosters when her kids were in sports. She also attended every band concert, choir and drama performance. She baked  for classroom bake sales and cooked for potlucks. LaVerne encouraged so many kids and their families by mentoring through the reading program in Pt Arena. She moved from the coast in July 2017.

She has left behind family that miss her laugh and fierce support–

Eldest son, Mike Newman, (the responsible one) his children Michael and Melissa, her first great granddaughter Michala.

Second son,  Greg Newman, (the adventurous and resilient one), his daughter Alexis and her husband Coben, great grand daughters Blythe and Lila. Alexis’ sister Kanika and mom Jae. Also extended family grandchildren Rikki-Lynn and Kris and their families.

Daughter, Cindi Newman (the creative one) and her beloved wife Nikki; Nikki’s mum Iris and sisters Alexa and Adrienne. Also in this family are Gabi, Spencer and Sierra (furry grandchildren).

Youngest son, Tim Newman (the baby and her hero) and his beloved partner Christina; Christina’s daughters Lauren and Jessica. Tim and Christina’s fur babies-Snickers and Bella. Also the extended family granddaughters Jessica and Jenny Baker

Stepson, Andy Goerlich and his beloved wife Mechalla, their family Emily and Paislee.

She was loved by and loved her in-laws and their families: Judy and David Geisser, Bruce and Ryan Goerlich, as well as Peter Goerlich.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pat Goerlich (2017), her first husband and father of her children Joshua (Calvin) Newman (1995) and her first grandson Cyrus Newman (1980).

LaVerne did not give up on anyone, ever. Her belief in us has helped each one of us through unimaginable life events. Her humor helped us laugh easily at silly things. Her resilience and the memory of her love will see us through whatever the future may hold.

Per her wishes a public service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in her honor to The Bear Valley Hospice PO Box 140 Big Bear City, CA 92314-0140. (Or a hospice of your choice)


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