Lavern “Vern” A. Koenen Obituary

Laverne “Vern” A. Koenen

New Holstein – Lavern “Vern” A. Koenen, 91, of New Holstein formerly of Mt. Calvary, died Friday, June 10, 2022 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac.

He was born on April 12, 1931 in Mt. Calvary to Hubert and Laura (Weber) Koenen. He attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Mt. Calvary. Vern enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1952 to 1954. In 2015, he proudly participated in the Honor Flight to Washington DC.

On July 3, 1954, he married Mary Ann Lefeber at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. Vern was very proud and happy to work for CD Smith of Fond du Lac for 39 years. He was a sports enthusiast; loved watching the Brewers, Green Bay Packers (even attended the famous 1967 Ice Bowl with his brother, Harold) and enjoyed watching local ball games in Mt. Calvary Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; four daughters, one daughter, Pat (Allan) Utecht and their daughters Katie (Paul) Thibeault and Kristin (Patrick) Humpal; daughter, Dianne (Mark) Stellpflug and their children Kyle (Loreen) Stellpflug, Matt (Maia) Rumpho-Stellpflug, Laura (Rick) Bruess; his daughter Rosa (Joe) Sabatino and their children Leah (Erik) Olsen, Gina (Tony) Zipparro, Hannah (Dale) Balsitis, Joey (Alyssa) Sabatino; daughter, Donna (Jeff) Berchem and their daughters, Tara Berchem (special friend Jay) and Hayley Berchem; great-grandchildren, Emma, ​​Ava, Mark, Cora, Vayda, Isaiah, Ben and Juliette and Baby Sabatino due in August; brothers Harold Koenen and Robert (Bernadette) Koenen; he is survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Before him in death were his parents; a grandson Ross Allan Berchem; a sister-in-law Darlene Koenen; many relatives and friends.

A Christian Burial Liturgical Mass will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2022 at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Parish Church, 308 S. County Road W, Mt. Calvary, WI 53057, with the rev. Randy Knauf, OFM Cap officiating.

Visitation will be held at the Church of Mt. Calvary on Friday afternoon, June 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Military rites conducted by the Mt. Calvary American Legion Abler-Engel Post 454 will be held at the church following mass. Entombment will follow at a later date at the Mausoleum of the Sanctuary of Rest, Fond du Lac.

The family would like to give special thanks to the teams at Willow Park Place Assisted Living in New Holstein and St. Agnes Hospital for the care and compassion provided to Vern.

For more details, please contact Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, WI (920) 999-2291 or visit

Posted on June 11, 2022

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter, The Sheboygan Press

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