Verdona “Tooty” R. Laffin, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, under Aspirus Hospice Care at Pride TLC surrounded by her family.
Verdona was born on September 28, 1932, to William and Della (Radke) Schulz. Growing up, she enjoyed working on the family’s strawberry fields and tree farm. She graduated with a GED from Northcentral Technical College. She worked as a Nanny in her teenage years, and later worked for Wausau Rubber Plant and Ambuvans. She married the love of her life, Gerald “Jerry” Laffin on December 4, 1954. They enjoyed 67 years together raising their four children, Jacquelin “Jackie”, Julie, Todd, and Lisa. Tooty was a member of the Edgewood Mothers Club and Zion Library Guild. She enjoyed teaching both Vacation Bible School and Sunday school. If there was anything Tooty was known for, it was her immaculate lawns and beautiful flowers that so many people admired. In addition to her passion for mowing, Tooty also spent time in her vegetable garden, which she enjoyed. Other hobbies included crocheting doilies and afghans. She and Jerry spent countless hours putting together homemade quilts for the family to enjoy. She also enjoyed many memorable vacations and cruises. She was truly a warm, thoughtful, dedicated, and loving person who her family and friends cherished.
Tooty is survived by her four children: Jackie (Dale) Doering, Julie (Terry) Bliese, Todd (Barb) Laffin, Lisa (Jon) White; her grandchildren: Tracy, Amber, Amy, Michelle, Mandy, Scott, Brittany, Trevor, and Ryan; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley (Gerald) Kieckhaefer, and Sandra (Robert) Schlag; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kurt (Nancy) Laffin; sister-in-law, Joanne Schulz; and many other family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Gerald Laffin; parents, William and Della Schulz; grandson, Dustin White; sister, Betty Tesch; and brother, Duwayne Schulz.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 238145 Star Road, Aniwa, WI. Visitation will take place prior to services starting at 9:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. A luncheon will be served after the service.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pride TLC and Aspirus Hospice Care, especially Carla, for their exceptional loving care.