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LaVerne (Dombeck) Talaska

LaVerne (Dombeck) Talaska


LaVerne (Dombeck) Talaska, 80, of Columbus, Ind., died on Feb. 28 in Columbus. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, April 5, beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church. Burial will be held in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Perham.

LaVerne was born on Sept. 20, 1931 to Caroline Dombeck. She was raised by Alois and Annie (Walkowski) Sczygiel.

LaVerne was united in marriage to Richard Talaska on July 10, 1961 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham. The couple moved to Columbus in 1965. LaVerne graduated from Perham High School in 1949 and earned a BS and a master's from Indiana University. She taught third grade at Lincoln Elementary for 17 years before retiring in 1990. LaVerne was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, BARTA (Bartholomew Retired Teachers Association), and IRTA (Indiana Retired Teachers Association). She enjoyed working in the yard, reading, working on jigsaw puzzles and doing various craft projects.

Preceding LaVerne in death are her parents, Alois and Annie Sczygiel; her husband, Richard in 2003; sisters, Monica (Joe) Sazama, Regina (Albert) Sazama, Caroline (Jack) Wall, Deloris (Bill) Swanson and Deanna Lehman; brothers, John Dombeck, Edwin Sczygiel and Frank Sczygiel.

Surviving LaVerne is her sister, Catherine (Gordon) Kaatz, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor's choice.

Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham, is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit