LaVerne Depies, 95
July 31, 1921
March 15, 2017

LaVerne Depies, 95LaVerne Depies (nee Van Treeck, 95, of West Bend died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at New Perspective Senior Living in West Bend. She was born July 31, 1921, in Belgium to Anthony and Mary (nee Kleckner) Van Treeck.

On June 3, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edwin N. Depies at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Belgium and made their home in Port Washington for 45 years until moving to West Bend in 1986. He preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1990.

LaVerne started her working career cleaning homes in Milwaukee, traveling by train from Port Washington. She then worked as a waitress at Smith Bros. in Port Washington before working at the West Bend Co. until her retirement. After retirement, LaVerne enjoyed traveling with friends.

LaVerne retired in 1985 but never stopped working. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Samaritan Auxiliary and St. Frances Cabrini Parish.

At St. Frances Cabrini she was a member of the Christian Women and enjoyed working at their rummage sale every year. She was also a member of the Haiti Mission team, traveling to Haiti to help cook for the team and care for the children.

Survivors include seven sons and two daughters, Mary (Roger) Neumann, Ronald (Beverly) Depies, Richard (Karen) Depies, William (Mary Ann) Depies, Gerald (Janice) Depies, Edwin Depies, Carol (Ken) Buser, Anthony (Patti) Depies and Chris (Kim) Depies; her brother, Eugene Van Treeck; her sister-in-law, Yvonne Van Treeck; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren due in 2017. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Mary Van Treeck; her husband, Edwin Depies; her sister, Bernice Lanser; her brother, Marvin Van Treeck; her son-in-law, Ernst Kamm; and a great-granddaughter, Clara Depies.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with entombment in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington. The family will greet relatives and friends Sunday at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. and also Monday at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. Memorials to St. Frances Cabrini Haiti Mission are appreciated.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jahnke at Aurora Health Care and the wonderful caregivers at New Perspectives of West Bend and Serenity Hospice for their tender and loving care.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at