Obituary: Laverne M. Eggert

July 25, 1929 ~ August 3, 2022

Laverne (Reince) Eggert, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, died on August 3, 2022, at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Laverne was born on July 25, 1929, in Maplewood to Modest and Elsie (Rose) Reince. She grew up in a home that was always surrounded with family and friends, she often spoke of family being her greatest blessing.

On October 5, 1949, she married Milton Eggert at Holy Name of Mary Church. Together, they built a beautiful life just outside of Maplewood. Time was always spent in her flower beds, tending to their crops, fruit trees, and raising their polled herefords on their farm. After 49 years of marriage, Milton (Mickey) preceded her in death on January 17, 1999.

Laverne graduated from Door/Kewaunee Normal School in 1949. She began her student teaching at Stevenson Pier School. Then moved to Tornado School and transitioned to Rio Creek School where she taught in a one room schoolhouse where she was in charge of grades 1-8 and remained there for eight years prior to transferring to Algoma School District. While teaching, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1960.  Her greatest joy was working with young children and spending her time with her beloved teacher friends that she developed special friendships with. She continued teaching at Algoma Schools for over 50 years until her retirement. Her dedication and passion for teaching young minds planted many seeds that scattered far and wide.

Throughout her life she participated in various groups from school to church and everything in between. Laverne was crowned our first Miss Door County in 1948 and also modeled for the Algoma Net Company.

Laverne had many accomplishments, but the one she was most proud of was being known as “Auntie Bun”. There are not enough words to fully capture the essence of Auntie Bun, her smile, kindness, love of the Lord and gentle manner exuded from her. It did not matter where she went, she lit up the room with love. Auntie Bun’s compassion, creativity, patience, and steadfast faith is the legacy she leaves behind for us all.

Laverne is survived by her sister, Dorothy Melchior of Sturgeon Bay, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

She was reunited with her loved ones who have gone before, her husband, parents, brothers, Owen, Norman and Robert Reince and her sister, Veronica Russell.

Her celebration of life will take place on Friday, August 12, 2022, at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood. Visitation will take place from 10-11 AM with mass to follow at 11 AM celebrated by Father Ryan and Father Birdsall.  Forbes Funeral Home is assisting the family.  On-line condolences may be offered at

Our special thanks and love to all of those who have assisted in taking care of Laverne over the years, Dr. Kelton Reitz and his nursing team and the entire team at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center, your care and kindness throughout the years will never be forgotten.