LaVerne Lamp passed away peacefully in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas in the early morning hours on Monday, June 27, 2016 due to complications from a fall on June 7. Born in Cat Spring, Texas on September 2, 1928 to Hattie and Otto Michaelis, she grew up in a true German household with strong values of hard work and dependability and these qualities were instilled in their children along with a little hard-headedness.
She graduated from Bellville High School and attended Texas Lutheran College. After returning to Bellville, LaVerne worked at the Southeastern Gas Company. She married James Lamp on September 10, 1949 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. They moved to College Station and she worked for the Dean of the Texas A&M Animal Science Department while James was in Veterinary School. She was hired because of her rural country background. Although she did not graduate from college, she was proud that she had earned a Ph.T. (Put Hubby Through). After James graduated from Veterinary School in 1951, they purchased the Bellville Veterinary Clinic, at which time she became the full-time receptionist and bookkeeper.
Later, she became a dedicated supporter of her three children’s extra-curricular events throughout their school and college years. While she was not able to attend Texas A&M herself, as it was an all-male school at the time, she was a die-hard Aggie fan! LaVerne was one of the original four mothers along with Jeanette Jackson, Ruby Koehn, and Helen Waak who in 1983 organized the Austin County Aggie Moms Club. She was an Aggie Mom member for 33 years.
LaVerne was an active member of the Mary/Martha Circle at St. John Lutheran and served in many different volunteer capacities over the years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed the monthly get-togethers and selling poppies each Memorial Day. She truly enjoyed her domino ladies group that met twice a month over the years to play 88 or 42.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Hattie and Otto Michaelis; and her sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle Mae and Harry Pless. Surviving family members include her husband of 66 years, Dr. James Lamp, her son, Dr. Ted Lamp and wife Terri, her daughter Sue Schuelke and husband, David, her daughter Ann Bodeker and husband, Robin. Grandchildren include Abrah Lamp Stafford and husband, John, Zack Lamp and wife, Lauren, and Ross Bodeker and Hannah Bodeker. Great-grandchildren include Creede and Marjie Stafford. She is also survived by step-children Jennifer Schuelke, Amy Keene and husband, Jason, Lauren Windsor, David Windsor, and wife Meghan and Sarah Windsor. Great step-grandchildren include Tess and Blaire Rosa, Hadley Windsor, and Caroline Keene along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 29 from 6-8pm, and the celebration of LaVerne’s life on Thursday, June 30 at 11:00 am, St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville. Funeral arrangements were under the care of Knesek Funeral Chapel, Bellville, Texas.
Memorials may be made in LaVerne’s name to Austin County Aggie Moms Club, St. John Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, or the charity of your choice. Please contact Knesek Funeral Chapel at 979.865.3121 for the addresses.