Verna Louise Ahearn

Verna Louise Ahearn, 106, of Dwight, IL passed away at 7:18 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 17, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dwight, IL with Father Chris Haake officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until the time of services on Friday at the church. Burial will follow services at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Odell, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Grade School or the charity of the donor’s choice.  Hager Memorial Home in Dwight is in charge of arrangements.


Verna was born October 5, 1911 in Odell, IL a daughter of Joseph H. and Louise (Verdun) Legner. She married Lawrence P. Ahearn on June 24, 1943 in Odell, IL. He passed away on March 31, 1994.


She is survived by sons: Lawrence V. (Judy) Ahearn of Gardner, IL, Donald P. (Joy) Ahearn of Dwight, IL; daughters, Elaine Louise (Dennis) Mathison of Phillips, WI, Anne R. (Mark) Hill of Verona, IL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, brother, Joseph Legner and a sister in infancy.


She was educated locally and graduated from Illinois State University in Normal with a degree in teaching. She began her career in a one room school house in Odell and also later taught in Ransom, IL and Braceville, IL. She was also a part of many organizations over the years including the Altar and Rosary Society, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Livingston County Home Bureau.


Special Thank you to the Kankakee Valley Hospice, Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care of Dwight, Heritage Woods of Dwight and Livingston County Health Department for their care and compassion.


5 thoughts on “Verna Louise Ahearn

  1. Dear Elaine and everyone in your mom’s family: I read about your mom in Tara’s lovely posting on FB. I knew Verna through conversations with you, and quickly understood she was a remarkable woman. One needs to be sturdy in both mind and body to live to 106! Wonderful memories of her will live on in her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. How lucky they all got to know her. I am sending our sympathy, love, and prayers. Jacquie and Felix Fedie


  2. Larry,Don, and family. Prayers from Paris. Know that I’m with you in Spirit. As she taught you the Our Father, remember that she is now with Our Father forever.

    Peace and prayers Fr. Jim Rickey


    • What a great surprise. I remember at her 100 birthday Mass you told me she would get to heaven but you were not so sure about me ……………… You are like Joy ……….. always right. Thanks so much for remembering her.


  3. Don and Family — I never knew your mom but I’m thinking she had to be a wonderful woman. For a number of years I was able to enjoy the company of your father playing golf at Anderson Fields. Lawrence was a dandy fellow and we had great times. How lucky to have two great folks to learn from. Sorry for your loss.


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