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In Loving Memory

Kory, LaVerne Laurene

Kory, LaVerne Laurene was born on December 13, 1939 to Alfred and Mabel (nee Sickmeier) Klosterman in Maeystown, IL, and passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the age of 84, surrounded by her loved ones.

Loving wife of 61 years to the late Daniel Kory. Dear mother of Mark (Vicky) Kory, Steve (Tracy) Kory, and Julie Branom. Dear sister of Jean York, the late Lloyd (Faye) Klosterman, and the late Rogers (Audrey) Klosterman. Loving “Grandma Sparkle” to Lauren (Shohan) Kory, Danielle (Ted) Roman, Austin Kory, Kristina (Brett) Whisler, Michael Kory, Jessica Kory, Andie Myers, and Nathan (Emily) Myers. Dear Great-grandma of Luca Roman, Ellie Whisler, Emerson Whisler, and Lamont Kory. Also she was fond of her grand-cat Lucy Lou Branom.

Forever in Our Hearts

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of LaVerne Laurene Kory, of Arnold, Missouri. She joined her beloved husband, Daniel, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. LaVerne was born on December 13, 1939 in Maeystown, Illinois to Alfred and Mabel (Sickmeier) Klosterman.

She married Daniel Kory on December 31, 1957, and settled in their forever home in Arnold, Missouri, where they lived for over 60 years. She was a loving mother to three beautiful children, Mark, Steve, and Julie.

Outside of home, she was employed by Venture and eventually Western Textiles as an Office Manager. She was known for being a fun and enjoyable colleague.

She traveled the world with her husband of over 60 years, enjoyed antiquing and searching for garage sales, volunteering at the Salvation Army, and spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted friend to many and enjoyed weekly game days together.

LaVerne, also known as Grandma Sparkle (and sometimes Grandma Pearl) to her grandchildren, founded Camp Arnold, where her six grandchildren would visit for a week each year. These visits and adventures would later become lasting memories that the grandchildren still cherish.

May each of our own cherished memories of LaVerne provide comfort at this time of loss.

SERVICES: A VISITATION will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. until time of FUNERAL SERVICE at 11:00 am at Kutis South County Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. Interment at the St. John Evangelical Cemetery in Maeystown, IL. Donations in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.


7 thoughts on “Kory, LaVerne Laurene”

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss Mark. Know I am thinking of you and praying you have peace knowing your mom is in heaven with your dad. Peace be with you and your entire family at this time.

  2. I am so sorry to hear that Lavern has passed. She and Dan were the best. You couldn’t have a better couple to travel with.

  3. I’ll miss her so much. She was a dear friend for many many years. We enjoyed so many outings over the last few years…going out to eat and taking rides through the countryside to name just a few. My love, sympathy and prayers for the family…that God gives you comfort.

  4. Laverne , was a dear friend and will be miss by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. She is now with the love of her life Daniel.
    Our sincere condolences to the family for their loss of a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother and friend to all.

  5. What a wonderful story of her love for her Grandchildren! Aunt LaVerne was ALWAYS smiling when she greeted you. As she rest in peace, we know you will dearly miss her, but keep fond memories of her alive. Know we are thinking of each of you with heavy hearts and sorry for the loss of your Mother!

  6. My deepest condolences to the Kory family and friends of Laverne.
    I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to visit briefly with her at Nazareth before she went into the hospital this month. I will always remember her bright smile and kindness at Kory family gatherings. I also appreciate all her research on the Kory family ancestry.


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