LaVerne G. Klein Ahern, age 70, of West Haven, passed away on January 30, 2015. LaVerne was the wife of William J. Ahern. Born in New Haven on July 20, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Frederick & Erma H. Klein. She is also survived by her son Ryan C. Ahern & his wife Kat of West Haven and her brother Clifford Klein & his wife Helen of Wallingford. LaVerne was predeceased by her son William F. Ahern. She was a graduate of Southern Connecticut State College where she received her Masters Degree, she started her career as a school teacher at the Peck Place School for the Orange Board of Education, then raised her 2 boys and subsequently continued on teaching at the Thompson School, Forrest School, and finally Seth G. Haley School in West Haven, from where she retired. She was a member of the West Haven Historical Society, she organized many Memorial Day Parades for West Haven, ran Alex's Soup Kitchen for 9 years, and had been a member of First Congregational Church of West Haven since she was a child, serving as a Deacon for many years. She also was a recipient of many awards, including the Duffy Award, a City of West Haven Official Citation in Recognition of Many Years of Community Service, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Young People through Commitment to Education, the Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service Rendered to the West Haven Community by the Annawon Lodge #115, A.F. and A.M., and The Veterans Council of West Haven Certificate of Appreciation. Friends may visit with her family from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday at Beecher & Bennett - Taylor Funeral Home, 410 Campbell Ave, West Haven and may attend her Funeral Service on Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the First Congregational Church of West Haven, please utilize their 464 Campbell Ave. entrance. Contributions in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, Book of Remembrance, 1 Church St, West Haven, CT 06516.

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  1. To the family, although I don’t know you my heart goes out to you during this time of sadness. I wish to offer my condolences for your loss. I know that the pain of losing a loved one in death is like no other pain we ever experience and is the most difficult thing to get through. May you find comfort and have faith in God’s promise of an earthly paradise where even death will no longer exist. That promise is found at Revelation 21:4, 5 which reads ‘And he [God} will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.’ As wonderful as it is that mourning, outcry and pain will be no more, God’s promise even includes doing away with mankind’s ultimate enemy – death. ‘And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.’ 1 Corinthians 15:26

  2. So very sorry to hear of LaVerne’s passing. Our sincere sympathies are extended to Ryan, Bill, and family. May your faith be a comfort and your memories a reminder of the one’s you’ll keep in your heart always.

  3. I am so sadden by your personal loss & our communities loss, of a truly wonderful human being who dedicated her life to her passions of family, educating children, church, history and our country. She was a .mother-figure. to me when I joined the Seth Haley family, and I enjoyed talking with her over tuna-fish & crackers at lunch. She will be truly missed!

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Ahern was my 1st grade teacher 23 years ago. During that year, my father passed away….although I was only 6, I can still feel the compassion she showed me. She even took me out to the movies that summer to see Aladdin. I was always a quiet child and she made me feel that this was ok- something I carried with me through my entire life when others made me feel that it was not ok….always full of encouragement. She touched the lives of so many people….through her teaching and her community dedication…and she will truly be missed.

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