|(Friday - November
27, 2020) - LaVerne J. Baril-Solda, age 91, passed away on Tuesday,
November 24, at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living in Norway, MI.
She was born on June 17, 1929 in Norway, the daughter of the late Albert
and Edna (VanDamme) Johnson.
LaVerne graduated from Vulcan High
School in 1947. She attended Northern Michigan University earning a
State Limited Certificate and began a teaching career. In the years that
followed she earned her bachelor's degree, followed by a master's degree
in special education.
LaVerne married Lawrence Baril on August 8,
1952 at St. Barbara's Church in Vulcan. He preceded her in death in
She retired from Norway-Vulcan Area Schools in 1986 having
taught for 32 years. Following retirement, she served on the
Norway-Vulcan School Board for 8 years and Dickinson -Iron Intermediate
School Board for 12 years.
Having a special needs daughter, she
directed much effort to improve the lives of special needs citizens.
A charter member of Memorial Hospice, serving as a volunteer and as
an officer. A lifetime member of the Michigan Education Association, and
the National Education Association, and the Michigan Public School
Employees Retirement System. A member of St. Mary's Church and Oak Crest
Golf Club in Norway.
She married Gelindo "Geno" Solda on October
4, 1997 at St. Mary's Church in Norway.
LaVerne is survived by
her husband Geno; daughters Linda Baril of Kingsford, LuAnne (James)
Batti of Kingsford and Laurie (Brian) Whear of Iron River; sons Lee
(Pam) Baril of Eau Claire, WI and Michael (Kristi) Solda of Norway; nine
grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother Ken Johnson;
sisters-in-law Marie Johnson, and Corky Johnson; many nieces and
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Lois;
brothers Roland and Ernest Johnson; and sisters-in-law Marilu Johnson
and Joan Johnson.
Interment will be held now at the Norway
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St.
Mary's Church in the spring.
The family would like to extend a
special Thank You to all staff at Evergreen Meadows Assisted Living.
Family suggest that memorial contributions may be made in LaVerne's
name to Evergreen Meadows.
Condolences to the family of LaVerne
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Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.