LuVerne Agnes Axtman, 84, Minot, formerly of the Martin area, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at her daughter's residence.
LuVerne was born Aug. 16, 1928, at Harvey, the daughter of August and Edith (Duda) Muscha. She was raised on the family farm near Martin and graduated from Harvey High School in 1946. She was united in marriage to Leonard Axtman on April 29, 1946, and they made their home in Harvey. In 1972, they moved to Minot, where she and Leonard became members of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. Leonard died in 2000.
LuVerne was a warm and loving mother, raising seven kids while she and Leonard were stationed at various military bases in the United States, Japan and Germany. She was a wonderful cook, as well as an accomplished seamstress, making most of the clothing for the kids while they were growing up. Later in life, that talent led to a career as a professional seamstress, working at various dress and fabric stores in the Minot area, including Baders and the Cloth Haus.
She had a wonderful sense of adventure. Once her kids were grown, she spent much of her time traveling the world with her sisters, visiting places like Spain, Singapore and Germany. When she wasn't traveling, she explored the world through rich books, with a passion for history and adventure stories. She also loved playing Scrabble with her family, and solitaire during quiet mornings.
She loved to play her harp, listen to music and make her chokecherry wine. She had a lifelong love of gardening and enjoyed the peace of her backyard surrounded by oak trees, lilacs and her flowerbeds.
Her loving family includes: children, Christine (Randy) Reichenberger, Timothy (Kaye) Axtman, Sioux Falls, S.D., Jon Axtman (Emily), West Fargo, Sylvia (Paul) Caron, Canon City, Colo., Lucia (Robert) McClure, Carlisle, Pa., Thena (John) Yarbrough, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Amy Rioux (Mark), Edgewater, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Lukenbach and Dorothy Ozog; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
LuVerne was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Leonard in 2000; her sister, Genevieve Otto; and brothers, Clarence Muscha and Bernie Muscha.
Prayer service: Today, Sunday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Visitation: At the family's request there will be no reviewal, however friends may sign the memorial register today from 1 to 4 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Habitat for Humanity (www.habitat.org).
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com)