LaVerne “Lue” M. Heidtbrink
May 8, 1935 – Sept. 6, 2018
LaVerne “Lue” Marie Heidtbrink was born May 8, 1935 at her home in Lincoln to William and Marie Green (they were of German descent from Russia). Lue was the youngest of three children. She had two brothers, Ron and Jim. LaVerne graduated from Lincoln High School in 1953. She competed in numerous sports in high school and received the Girls Athletic Association Cup Award in 1954. She was also the GAA vice president. She worked at Elgin Clock in Lincoln and Heidtbrink’s General Store in Malcolm and was a paraprofessional at Malcolm Public Schools.
On June 6, 1954, LaVerne was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Heidtbrink at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Malcolm. They built their own house which they lived in for over 60 years. Lue and Bob had four children, Mike, Cheryl, Charlotte and Mark. Lue loved planting flowers and won numerous ribbons at the county and state fairs. She made and decorated many cakes for family and friends. She made bird houses for the kindergartners at school and loved to make cream puffs for the children in kindergarten through sixth grades.
Lue faithfully served the Lord by teaching Sunday school, weekday school, Vacation Bible School and doing children’s sermons. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend.
Lue passed away Sept. 6, 2018, in Seward, at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 29 days.
She is survived by her son, Mike (Elaine) Heidtbrink of Alpine, California; daughters, Cheryl Codr (Danny) Lorenz of Friend and Charlotte (Darryl) Whisenhunt of Malcolm; brother, James Green of Van Nuys, California; grandchildren, Seth Heidtbrink, Shenoah (Bobby) Riess, Samuel Heidtbrink, Sierra Heidtbrink, Jessica Codr, Joshua (Kimberly) Codr, Brian (Kaylee) Codr, Nathaniel (Sara) Whisenhunt, Joey (Anna) Lorenz and Jason (Jessica) Lorenz; great-grandchildren, Noah, Matthew and Lily Whisenhunt, Emma Codr and Brynlee, Jaxon, Jethro and Jayla Lorenz.
Lue was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Green; husband, Robert “Bob” Heidtbrink; son, Mark Heidtbrink; brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Judy Green; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucille “Lucy” and Dale Gammel; grandson, Aaron Heidtbrink; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A memorial service was held Sept. 11, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Malcolm, with the Rev. Matthew Tassey officiating. Casketbearers were Seth Heidtbrink, Shenoah Riess, Samuel Heidtbrink, Sierra Heidtbrink, Jessica Codr, Joshua Codr, Brian Codr and Nathaniel Whisenhunt. Honorary casketbearers were Jerry Green, William Green, Elmer Behring, Leroy Lehr, Al O’Kray, Darrell Montgomery, Joey Lorenz and Jason Lorenz. Interment was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Malcolm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Malcolm or Mission Central—LCMS World Mission. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.volzkefuneralhome.com.