LaVerne (Bollman) Moll

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LaVerne T. (Bollman) Moll, nee, Leischner, 99, of Swansea, IL, born October 30, 1923, in Chicago, IL, died Friday, August 4, 2023, at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.

LaVerne graduated from Ravenswood Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, IL, in 1945. She joined the United Sates Army Air Force Nurse Corps and served as a Frist Lieutenant at the 28th AAF base unit. She had basic training at Camp McCoy and cared for Japanese prisoners. She was one of 14 nurses to volunteer to fight the polio epidemic in Rockford, IL. LaVerne met General Eisenhower and ultimately met the love of her life, Earl Bollman, a patient of hers wounded overseas. He eventually became her husband and father of her five children. After Earl’s death, she continued as a member of his 26th Armored Division.

LaVerne was a staff nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL, for two years and at Belleville Memorial Hospital, specializing in Med-Surge and ICU, for 27 years. Following her official retirement, she volunteered for Hospice of Southern Illinois for 30 years.

LaVerne was a longtime member of The Queenship of Our Lady, Catholic Holy Family, and Belleville Seniors. She has belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church since its beginning and was loved and cared for by Father Bill and the good people there, once she became home bound.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 28 years, Henry J. Moll, whom she married on December 30, 1976, and who died on April 14, 2005; her son, Steven J. Bollman; her parents, Eric and Hattie, nee Korleski, Leischner; four siblings, Sylvia, Ralph, Leonard, and Terrance; and her first husband, Earl Bollman who died on July 11, 1970.

She is survived by her four children, Carol Zeil, Michael Bollman, Marcia Phillips, and Susan (Rick) Perez; six stepchildren, Gregory Moll, Roger Moll, Janet (Doug) Flanders, Vickie (Scott) Hodgedon, Tina Cole, and Laurie (Keith) Johnson, who were always in her heart; two former daughters-in-law, Linda Walker and Dava Batbayer; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She would like to recognize some special people she valued as her best friends, Rosemary Davis, Michael and Debbie Clover, Chuck and Pam Stout, and Pat Gundlach, her beautician, Jeanette Surmeier, Marybeth Onstatt, and her Godson, Dave Renner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury School Fund, or to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2023, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.



7 Comments on LaVerne (Bollman) Moll

Charlye French said : Guest Report Aug 29, 2023 at 10:03 AM

Sue, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. I remember what a kind person and nurse she was. Always busy even after she retired. Left a good legacy for nursing. Charlye French

  • Swansea
  • Il
kathleen conway said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2023 at 11:48 AM

Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Laverne's family who were so close and giving of their love and comfort to her over the years. Love, Jeannine Holt and Kathleen Conway (nieces)

  • Wallingford
  • CT
Dianne Holtman said : Guest Report Aug 11, 2023 at 6:52 AM

My deepest sympathies to LaVerne's family. She was an incredible lady and I have fond memories of her. God bless all of you during this difficult time.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Abbey Croissant said : Guest Report Aug 09, 2023 at 1:24 PM

Prayers for all her beloveds. She sounds like she lead a full life and one of which made a difference in the lives of so many.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Barbara Kurtz said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2023 at 1:33 PM

I am so saddened to hear of Laverne's passing. She and Henry were volunteers of mine when I worked for Hospice of Southern Illinois and she was one of the sweetest ladies. I absolutely loved her. I have seen her in recent years when she would come by my work. I will miss her. My thoughts are with her family. God Bless You Laverne.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kathy Steckler said : Guest Report Aug 08, 2023 at 12:59 PM

My mom and I would often see LaVerne at the Friday night bingo at St. Augustine's. My mother and father were members of the Belleville Seniors. LaVerne was always very gracious and friendly. My sympathies to all of you. May she now be reunited with her loved ones and many, many friends.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Eugene Joseph Neff said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2023 at 2:37 PM

To LaVern's Family: I extend to you my condolences, and offer prayers of gratitude to God for the gift of this very special woman who used her gifts and talents to serve the people of God, and to make her part of the world a better place. I met LaVerne during my first parish assignment 1971-1974 at St. Augustine of Canterbury, Belleville. It was a difficult time for her, but the strength of her Faith is an example I have never forgot. Enjoy eternal Peace, LaVerne!

  • Belleville
  • IL

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