LaVerne M. Douck

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died October 19th, 2019

LaVerne M. Douck, 103, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba.

She was born on October 29, 1915 in Marquette, MI, daughter to John M. and Laura A. (Quinn) McCarthy.

On September 16, 1939, LaVerne married Carroll F. Douck in St. Paul, MN.

LaVerne worked at various secretarial positions and she concluded her career as the secretary to the president at Bay College for 14 years until her retirement.

She was a member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church.

Most important to LaVerne was her faith and her family.  She also loved reading, crossword puzzles, music, dancing, painting, needle work, playing bridge and writing poetry.  In her later years, she loved being at Bishop Noa Home.  She often expressed appreciation for the caregivers and the many friends she made there.

LaVerne is survived by her nine children, Carla (Tim) Fallon of Kalamazoo, MI, Carole (Dick) Collins of Escanaba, Jim Douck of Riva, Maryland, Patrick Douck of Palmer, AK, Mary (Dale) Shandennay of Garth Point, MI, Stephen Douck of Findlay, OH, Christine (Edward) Gafner of Shawano, WI, Pamela (Robert) Stadel of Appleton, WI and Jeffrey Douck of Escanaba, MI; 24 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren; and brother, William McCarthy of Elkton, Maryland.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carroll, LaVerne was preceded in death by siblings, John (Helen) McCarthy, Marianne (Lyle) Utt, Laura (Earl) Koch and Edward (Patricia) McCarthy; and sister in law, Judy McCarthy.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 22nd from 2 – 4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church with Rev. Timothy Ferguson officiating.  At the conclusion of the mass, a meal will be served in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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11 Tributes to “LaVerne M. Douck”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very nice person whom I am glad to have known. She retired the same year I started working at Bay College.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the Douck Family.

    Aunt LaVerne has been the hero of the extended McCarthy family. Not only with her own children, but she was beloved by her brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews and their children. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. A visit home to Escanaba was not complete without visiting with Aunt LaVerne. Those were such satisfying visits which left us feeling so good as she was so appreciative of the visit, so interested in our lives, and so happy with her life. All of our memories of her are sweet and fond. She is a person for us to look up to and continually admire and emulate. Our lives are richer because of her.

    We regret we won’t be able to attend the funeral. We should have been on the plane 3 hours ago to be home in time for the funeral tomorrow, but we will certainly be there in spirit. Please accept our deepest sympathies as we will be thinking about you and Aunt LaVerne.

    Mike and Cathy McCarthy

  3. My deepest sympathy goes to the Douck family. It has been an honor to know your Mom. I often saw her at Bishop Noa . She was an amazing lady and a gift to all who have been blessed to know her. I used to tell her she was an inspiration to all and I truly meant it. She had an aura of happiness and contentment around her and a beautiful smile, I’ve known your family for many years, in fact my sister was named after Carla, and this is a difficult time but the memories you share will live on forever. God bless you all. Mary Destrampe

  4. I am greatly sadden by the death of Laverne. She and I were steady bridge partners in Escanaba, until I moved to Florida. We always kept in touch and I greatly enjoyed seeing her when I came to Esky.

    She was a loyal friend and a wonderful example of wife, mother and worker.

    She will be greatly missed

  5. Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Mom. My mom, Mary Jane Lagina Conard was her 1st cousin and spoke very fondly of Laverne and old family memories, before she passed. My Aunt Nancy Bal just loved visiting her and always called to tell me of their wonderful visits. I was hoping to make that trip to see her with Nancy, but guess I’ll wait till Heaven. God Bless . Cindy & Dave

  6. One beautiful family; because of this awesome lady. My condolences to the family.

  7. Our hearts go out to the entire Douck family. Aunt Laverne has been such an inspiration to all of us throughout her entire life. She excelled in her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, employee, writer, and child of God. A ready smile and remarkable memory would always be found when visiting Aunt Laverne. She reveled in our family reunions and did her best to connect with as many relatives as possible. We will miss her very much.

    Mary Beth and Craig Hasson

  8. Chris, Ed and family …. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Chris, your Mom was a genuinely kind and caring woman. I remember her when I would sometimes stop by your house on our way home from school, sitting at the kitchen table studying over something, still dressed up from the workday, but always pleasant and unflustered, giving a minute to ask about our day.
    Somewhere down the line, my mother bought your mother’s book “A Gift of Memories” as a present to me. I have that book sitting in front of me now … lovely.
    It was nice to know she adopted the Bishop Noa family as her own, again, a reflection of her kindness and caring.
    It was so nice to see you at the class reunion and I sincerely hope to see you both again soon!

    Nancy (St.Onge) and Keith Demeuse

  9. I was sadden to hear of dear La Verne’s death. I had met La Verne in 2009-2010 when I worked at the Bishop Noa Home. We became great friends. In her kindness she said she would adopted me as her grand-daughter as she knew I never knew mine. We held this bond, even the many years later when I would come back to visit her.

    She was a great support and inspiration to my religious vocation as I joined a Franciscan Community.

    I will miss her smile, her calm presence.

    My prayers to the entire family as you journey this journey.

    God’s speed dear La Verne

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