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LaVerne Puchbauer

LaVerne E. Puchbauer, 93, of Jackson, passed away Monday, May 2, 2022, at Villas Memory Care in Jackson.

She was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Pocahontas to Henry and Mabel (Swan) Lichtenegger. LaVerne was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she and Floyd Puchbauer were married May 15, 1949. They had been married 50 years when Floyd passed away Oct. 26, 1999.

Prior to marriage, LaVerne was employed at the Cape County Recorder’s Office. After her marriage, she and Floyd farmed the Puchbauer family farm near Oak Ridge.

LaVerne served as an election judge and a 4-H project leader. She was also very faithful to her church, serving as church secretary for 20 years, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, playing the organ, and singing in the choir.

LaVerne is survived by four children, Beverly (Dennis) Hemmann of Oak Ridge, Kent (Jean) Puchbauer, Matthew Puchbauer, and Mark (Gaye) Puchbauer all of Jackson; a son-in-law, David (Monica) Thomas of Oak Ridge; a sister, Arlysse Schoen Popp of Oak Ridge; 10 grandchildren: Jeffrey (Melinda) Hemmann; Aaron (Brittany) Puchbauer; Jeremy (Jenna) Hem-mann; Brett (Amanda) Thomas; Andrew (Kelly) Puchbauer; Ethan Puchbauer; April (Shane) Brumfield; Laura (Jeremie) Nothdurft; Kia (Austin) Morrison; and Leah Puchbauer; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Holly Thomas; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Puchbauer; and three siblings, Charles Lichtenegger, Harvey Lichtenegger and Violet Johnson.

Visitation was from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas.

The funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the church, with the Rev. Steven Theiss officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. John’s Lutheran Church Altar Paraments Fund or Crown Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of LaVerne’s obituary page at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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