LaVerne E. Redlon, 100, died peacefully, Oct. 13, 2021, at her home in Southwest Harbor, with Jeanne, her daughter, by her side. She was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Morton, Ill., the daughter of Rexford W.H. and Louise L. (Remus) Harris.
LaVerne served in the U.S. Navy during WWII at the Philadelphia, Pa., Naval Yard from 1943-1946, where she worked in supply chain as storekeeper and also supported payroll. While in the Navy, she met Paul R. Sencabaugh and they were married after the war. They moved to Duxbury, Mass., built a house and raised two daughters, Gail and Jeanne. In Duxbury, Laverne worked 25 years for the U.S. Postal Service and finished her last nine years as a groundbreaker, being one of a few female U.S. postmasters in the USA. She met and married her late husband, Eugene F. Redlon, in Duxbury, Mass.
In 1980, LaVerne and Eugene retired and moved to Southwest Harbor. LaVerne flourished in retirement, dividing her time between family, friends, community and travel. She often hosted family and friends at her home and showed them the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. LaVerne always enjoyed hiking on different trails around the area with the “Footloose Friends.” She believed in giving to the community and was a member of Southwest Harbor’s Conservation Committee and, for 10 years, a key participant in the Southwest Harbor Library annual fundraising appeal. LaVerne loved gardening and freely volunteered at the Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden and, for 10 years, meticulously supported the development of the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
LaVerne loved traveling and participated in many Elder Hostel programs around the U.S. and Canada; she especially loved bird watching and wildflower trips. She also loved the animals of the world and planned a safari to Africa, where she took magnificent photographs of lions, elephants, giraffes, birds, etc. and landscapes. Being an artist, she cherished a cruise on the Seine River, France, that unveiled the world of the impressionists, including a tour of Claude Monet’s house and private gardens. Before the Soviet Union dissolved, she traveled to the USSR two times to St. Petersburg, Moscow and other cities with the Surry Opera Company on a cultural exchange program that focused on the minimization of the U.S./Soviet Cold War. As part of the cultural exchange, LaVerne lived with Soviets in their homes and then hosted Soviet musicians and citizens at her home in Southwest Harbor.
LaVerne is survived by her two daughters: Jeanne Boyd, Southwest Harbor; Gail LeBart and husband, Don, Bend, Ore.; grandchildren Justin LeBart, Danielle (LeBart) Olszewski and husband, Scott, Bend, Ore.; great-grandchildren Miles and Julian Olszewski, Bend, Ore. LaVerne was predeceased by her husband, Eugene, in 1984 and he is survived by his daughter Betsy (Redlon) Battles, Carver, Mass., grandson Scott Battles, Plymouth, Mass., and great-grandson Martin.
At LaVerne’s request there will be no services. However, LaVerne greatly inspired and encouraged her family and friends; in gratitude, they all celebrate her life! Interment will be at Mt. Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor.
Those wanting to make contributions in LaVerne’s memory should send them to the Southwest Harbor Public Library, P.O. Box 157, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or Beacon Hospice, 1026 Stillwater Ave., Bangor, ME 04401.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.