Laverne Birch Stover

May 3, 2008


Past Services

Monday May 05, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, OH 43920
330-382-0600 | Directions
Tuesday May 06, 2008
Riverview Cemetery-East Liverpool
2026 St. Clair Avenue
East Liverpool, OH 43920
330-385-9262 | Directions
Tuesday May 06, 2008
11:00 am
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, OH 43920
330-382-0600 | Directions

Laverne Birch Stover passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the home of her Grand daughter after a one year illness.

The daughter of the late Herman Steffen and Mary Richards Steffen, she was born in West Point and had lived her entire life in this area. Mrs. Stover, along with her husband, was Owner and Operator of the former Birch’s Confectionary of East 4th Street as well as the former Porter’s Grocery on Orchard Grove Ave. in East Liverpool.

Mrs. Stover was a member of the First Church of Christ Disciples, volunteered at East Liverpool City Hospital, the Fish Program, and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and traveling.

Her husband, Arnold Birch, who she married in 1936, passed away in 1983.

Survivors include one son, David Birch and his wife, Jackie of Norfolk, Va. A daughter in law, Helen Birch Russell of East Liverpool, Five grandchildren, Michael and Steffenie Birch of Norfolk, Va., David Birch of Columbiana, Kristine Thompson of Negley, and Jeri Glenn and her husband, Gary, with whom she resided in East Liverpool. Eight Great grand children and 1 great grand daughter and several nieces and nephews…

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry M. Birch, two brothers, Herman “Bud” Steffen and Jack Steffen and two sisters, Katherine Dearth and Mae Ferrish.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes with Rev. Willard Adkins of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday, May 5th, 2008, at the Calcutta Chapel from 6 to 8 PM and up until time of services on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mahoning Valley Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, Oh. 44505.

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Tracie Phifer
8 years ago

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I never met Laverne, but I am her baby brother Jack Steffen Sr’s bonus daughter, Tracie. May God Bless all of you and help you through your loss.

Al and Judy Mobley
8 years ago

We were so sorry to read of Lavernes’ death. We have know her for about 3 years. We met her at our church. She was a very sweet person and I’m sure will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Jack Steffen, Jr.
8 years ago

What can I say? One of MY biggest REGRETS is failing to get to know her better. The situation divorce between my Mother and Father when I was young AND not growing up in Ohio made it difficult to stay in touch with my Family on Dad’s side. From the limited times that I was exposed to Aunt Laverne I maintain fond memories of a warm and gentle woman of faith. She knew that the scriptures tell us that we do have a choice, LIFE which is fellowship with HIM GOD or death, which is separation from HIM, SHE chose LIFE!

I am VERY thankful that the differences between her and Aunt Kathryn were mended BEFORE they stepped off into eternity. I know that they both are in a far better place than we can only dare to IMAGINE and are now waiting for the REST OF US to join them. Aunt Laverne was saved through GRACE, by FAITH in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and as promised in the scriptures, is NOW at the place prepared for her in heaven.

Those of us who also are saved can take comfort in KNOWING that we WILL see BOTH of them again, the blessed assurance at OUR appointed time, should the Lord tarry. Those Family members who have not yet been saved must make a decision to believe in the ONE TRUE GOD or continue to be deceived by the god of this world. GOD will NEVER force himself upon us, rather HE has given us “free will” to either accept or reject HIS pardon for our sins and Reconciliation in fellowship with HIM or we can deny HIS plan of Salvation and spend eternity apart from HIM.

My prayers are with you all for comfort, strength and a peace that passes all understanding which can only come from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Christ Jesus.

May GOD grant you all peace, love and the knowledge of HIS presence in this time of sorrow.


Jack and Family