LaVern Hoelscher, 89, Ferdinand

LaVern Hoelscher, 89, of Ferdinand, died Wednesday, November 24, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, March 13, 1932, to John and Loretta (Butler) Hoelscher. He married Helen Schwartz June 4, 1960, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Boonville, Missouri.

LaVern attended parochial and public schools, graduating from Albert Lea High School. He earned a BA degree in history from St. John’s University in Minnesota and an MA degree in history from the University of Minnesota. He pursued additional graduate studies at Michigan State University, the University of Arizona, and Claremont Graduate University in the 1960s. He taught in secondary schools for four years in Wyoming and Missouri and in the Marshalltown school system for 34 years, primarily in history, social studies, and government. He won the Iowa State Teacher of the Year Award in 1980-81. He was an active member of national, state, and local education associations, serving as president of the Marshall County School Personnel Association. He was well known for his work on stage with the Marshalltown Community Theater and as a cantor and member of the funeral choir at St. Henry Catholic Church. For many years he volunteered at the House of Compassion, which offers food, supplies, and services to people in need. He was also involved at the Villa Del Sol, a senior living community, where he entertained the residents with presentations and musical performances and served as resident advocate and he contributed his time to the work of the Marshalltown Public Library.

He is survived by three daughters, Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker and husband Dr. Timothy Schacker, Sunfish Lake, Minnesota, Erica Hoelscher, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Andrea Hoelscher and husband Dr. Robert Alvis, Ferdinand; and six grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by five sisters, Doris Erlandson, Marion Shaunce, Rosemary Graham, Anna Mae Lee, and Patricia Schafer.

LaVern’s family requests that donations in his name be directed to the House of Compassion, 211 W. Church St., Marshalltown, IA, 50158. A funeral service will be held at a later date at St. Henry Church in Marshalltown. He will be buried together with his wife at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown.


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