February 19, 1935 - February 5, 2017
Service Date: February 10, 2017
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass.
Laverne James Kaukl age 81, of Richland Center, passed peacefully on Sunday February 5, 2017 at Schmitt-Woodland Hills. Laverne was born February 19, 1935 in the Town of Bloom to William and Helen Kaukl. Laverne married the love of his life Bonnie Swenink on September 17, 1955. In his early years he was a cheesemaker then became a Salesman for Gardner Bakery and District Sales Manager for Frito Lay. He retired from Frito Lay after many years of employment. Laverne and Bonnie enjoyed many winters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Laverne was a die-hard Packer and Badger fan. He was very proud of his Bohemian heritage and once a year he was an Honorary Irishman on St Patrick’s Day. But declaring the day after “St. Wenceslaus” day for the Bohemians. He lived his life to the fullest. Survivors include two children Kim (Ronnie) Kaukl of Plain, and Rene’ (Tim) Stoltz of Richland Center; three granddaughters Mariah Kaukl of Mazomanie, Cassie (Eric) White of Mazomanie, and Claire Kaukl of Plain; two great grandchildren June and Waylon White, sister Geneva Schaefer of Platteville ,sister in-laws Lorraine Anding of Arena, Kathleen Swenink of Reedsburg, Hazel Swenink of Cahokia, Ill,and many nieces and nephews. Laverne was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie ,his parents William and Helen, brother William ,sister Marvalene ,sisters in law Juanita Liska, Wilma Lee and Edith ‘Gaye’ Stoddard; Irene Swenink ; and brother- in-law Al Schaefer, Fred, Art, and John Swenink, Clifford Lee, Arnold Liska and, Leonard Stoddard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richland Center. Monsignor Roger Scheckel will officiate with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Stafford Funeral Home in Richland Center from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. Please feel free to share in Laverne’s passion and wear your Packer attire. Online condolence available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com