LaVerne Edna Deik Hebert, 95
Long-time Montgomery Business Owner ...
1923 – Jan 8, 2019 .
LaVerne Edna Deik Hebert — a Montgomery Township business owner who gave countless volunteer hours over many decades to local causes including the Rocky Hill Fire Department and who gifted scholarships to Montgomery High School students, died on January 8. She was 95.
The youngest of several children by hard working German parents, LaVerne was a lifelong resident of New Jersey, most recently a resident of Kendall Park. She is the last of her generation, survived by a niece Caroline Bradbury of Vadnais Heights, MN, and nephew William Dodds of Livingston.
A graduate of the School of Nursing, Presbyterian Hospital, LaVerne was trained as a registered nurse and worked for some time in radiology. In 1957, she married Jules Hebert and together they ventured into the printing business, purchasing The Copy Cat in Montgomery Township.
Upon Jules’ early death, LaVerne took over the company located in Research Park, Skillman, and it became LDH Printing. The business thrived under LaVerne’s careful control and strict quality standards. She printed stationery and business cards for hundreds of local businesses, so her connections in the community were wide and varied.
LaVerne was known for bringing in young folks to work with her. She served as a role model, demonstrating dedication and the work ethic that she was known for. A scholarship is provided every year to a Montgomery High School student in memory of LaVerne’s husband.
LaVerne was a committed community volunteer serving as the treasurer of The Rocky Hill Fire Company for decades. She belonged to Soroptimist International and the Present Day Club of Princeton.
LaVerne was an original member of the Princeton Medical Center Auxiliary, serving on the board for many years. She ran the coffee and gift shop in the original hospital on Witherspoon Street. LaVerne was best known for her leadership in organizing the White Elephant Rummage Sale, which raised significant funds for the hospital and was one of the longest running events in the community, held annually for 100 years.
LaVerne will be missed by many people in our community. Her positive spirit and can-do attitude were an inspiration not to be forgotten. The burial will be private, however a memorial service will be held in the upcoming months to celebrate the life of LaVerne Hebert, a life well lived.