Laverne Flansburg

  • Born: January 4, 1923
  • Died: March 7, 2016
  • Location: Tiffin, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Laverne Flansburg, 93 longtime Tiffin resident died Monday, March 7, 2016, at Country View Senior Living in North Liberty.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, March 11, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church in Tiffin with burial to follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Tiffin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Laverne's memory to Country View Care Facility in North Liberty. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website @ A complete obituary will appear in Thursday's edition and can be found on the funeral home website. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for her family and services.

(Mary) Laverne Wenman was born January 4, 1923, in Harrisburg, Illinois, the daughter of Henry and Lora (Fulkerson) Wenman. Her family moved to Coralville and she later graduated from University High School in 1941. Laverne married Dale Flansburg on September 1, 1949, in Stanwood, Iowa. The couple built their "new home" in 1949 in Tiffin, here is where Laverne and Dale raised their family, had many family occasions here, here she cared for Dale to allow him to die in his home, and where she continued to reside until moving to her "new home" Country View Senior Living nearly 8 years ago. She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church for many years, a Sunday School Teacher, one of the "church women" always in the kitchen serving for all those church functions. She was a 4-H leader, and avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan, but most of all, she loved all of her family dearly, and was happiest when she was with them!

Her family includes her 3 children, Sherry Flansburg of Sioux City, Janet "Jamie" Cermak (Randy) of Mt. Pleasant, and Rex Flansburg (Carol) of Riverside; 8 grandchildren, Dan Flansburg, Erin Stellato, Luke Flansburg, Becky Bengard, Kimmy Cermak, Tami Abkes, Tara Wiltrout, and Christy Rozenek; 5 great-grandchildren, Cole, Aubrey, Juhl, Macey and Vivian; and Laverne's siblings, Frances Rogers, Art Wenman, and Jim Wenman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and Leroy, Lynn and Robert Wenman, Stasha Jones and Della Hartvigsen.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was very fortunate to grow up and visit Laverne and Dale's happy home quite often. I'd also stop in to see them when they had the Tiffin Hardward Store. There was always interesting conversation and the atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. For years I would drive up the Tiffin hill past their house, and see Laverne looking out the picture window and waving at me as I made my way to my parents' farm. They gave me my wonderful best friend, Jamie, and for that they will always be very dear to my heart. I'd like to send comforting thoughts to Jamie, Rex and Sherry and their families. What a blessing to have Laverne and Dale in your thoughts and memories. Much Love, Becky (Ruppert) Conrad

Posted by - Reno, NV   March 11, 2016

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Brenda (Leonard) Johnson    March 11, 2016

For many years beginning in 1969, I enjoyed talking to Laverne when my late husband John Zug and I moved to Iowa City.
We invested in real estate and La Verne and Dale with Rex were wonderful to us. She was always a friendly gracious friend. We are sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joan Liffring-Zug Borret - Iowa City, IA - Friend   March 10, 2016

Sherry, Ron & I send our sympathy to you on the death of your Mom! You always spoke so lovingly of her, I know she will be greatly missed! We send you our love! Jan

Posted by Jan Ernst - LeMars, IA - Friend   March 10, 2016

Laverne was one of the most kind, generous and non-judgemental people I've ever known. If there were more people like her in the world, the world would,t have the problems it has today. I was lucky to grow up with Laverne and her family. To see the joy she brought them and also shared with me. I enjoyed all the time I got to spend with her. We all have wonderful memories of the waving from the window in their house in Tiffin-one last time.

Mick Allen

Posted by Mick Allen - Tiffin, IA   March 09, 2016

I have known Laverne all my life and Jim and I lived near her "On the Hill" from 1967 till she moved to North Liberty. And of course her kids were my schoolmates at the old Tiffin Independent School. As neighbors all the "hill" kids played in their yard and later grandkids came and caught fireflies in the same yard with nets we provided. This was around 1980. Most summer evenings you could drive by and wave at Dale and Laverne sitting under those 2 beautiful crab apple trees in their front yard. Laverne was such a lovely woman and friend and will stay a wonderful memory. Jim and Darla Bartels

Posted by Jim and Darla Bartels - Tiffin - Neighbor   March 08, 2016

How very lucky we have been to have this cordial, pleasant woman as a role model in our family. She will be missed.

Posted by John & Jill - Saint Petersburg, FL - Family   March 08, 2016

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