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Mildred LaVerne Stoppel

March 19, 1915 - October 14, 2016

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Mildred "LaVerne" Stoppel, 101, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 14, 2016. She was born March 19, 1915 in Houston, Texas. LaVerne graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1932 where she was a member of the state champion girls basketball team and was awarded the MVP trophy for the tournament. While she was in high school, she was an active member of the Walther League at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she met her husband, Lawrence. They were married in 1934 and had their only child, Dorothy, in 1939. LaVerne and...

Mildred "LaVerne" Stoppel, 101, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 14, 2016. She was born March 19, 1915 in Houston, Texas. LaVerne graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1932 where she was a member of the state champion girls basketball team and was awarded the MVP trophy for the tournament. While she was in high school, she was an active member of the Walther League at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she met her husband, Lawrence. They were married in 1934 and had their only child, Dorothy, in 1939. LaVerne and Lawrence were active members of Trinity Lutheran and formed their life-long friends. This group enjoyed fellowship with their activities like Supper Club and Bridge Club, while experiencing life together. They became members of St. Mark Lutheran Church, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the choir. She worked as a Customer Service Representative for Houston Natural Gas and retired in the spring of 1980. She loved spending time gardening and attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She lived her life as a witness of her faith to Christ, our Lord and Savior. Anyone who met her recognized her sweet, kind, and gentle spirit, radiating God's love and grace through her expression. It was important for her to begin each morning spending time reading her Bible, devotional, and Portals of Prayer. She was faithful to spend hours in prayer each day, praying for those she loved and for those she didn't even know. She was a constant, silent witness of the grace and love of Christ. "Mama's" life exemplified the passage from Galatians 5:22-23. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."

LaVerne was preceded in death, by her parents, Anna and Bill Wohlt, Sr., her husband, Lawrence Stoppel, her daughter, Dorothy Marino, and her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kay Wohlt. She is survived by her three grandchildren, Sherri Smith and her husband Mike, Vicki Ryon and her husband Ross, and her grandson Michael Marino, great-grandchildren, Weston Cavanaugh, Shannon Leonhardt and her husband Jason, Justin Smith, Cole Ryon and his wife Jill, and Candice Ryon, her niece Kelley Zarker and her husband Larry, their children Kourtney and Andrew.

The family would like to thank all of the loving caregivers at Heritage Park in Katy, Texas for their love and devotion through the years.