LaVerne C. Bausher LaVerne C. Bausher, 82, of Lower Heidelberg, died Jan. 11. Verne, as he was known, was the husband of Sandra S. (Stamm) Bausher; they were married for 56 wonderful years. Born in Reading on February 26, 1939, at Reading Homeopathic Hospital (currently St. Joseph-Penn State Medical Center). He was the son of LaVerne Henne Bausher and Helen (Dornes) Bausher. His father was his best friend, from whom he learned business and ethics in his family’s grocery/food business. Verne graduated in 1956 from Reading High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he was president of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi. He was appointed to WHO’S WHO in American universities. In 1962, he earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He served in the US Army in 1963. He was a member of the Spring Township Adventist Lutheran Church. Verne was proud to have been employed for over 40 years in commercial banking. His banking career began in Drexel’s co-op program in 1959 when he worked at First PA. Bank in Philadelphia as a floating teller, working in 15 different branches and using only public transportation. He was recruited in 1962 by the Central National Bank of Cleveland where he became their youngest branch manager. In 1969 he joined American Bank and Trust Company, later Meridian Bank, Reading, where he established the first international banking department outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 1975 he became vice president of the secured loans division and in 1980 he became vice president of a new single division (loan administration) to oversee and monitor the bank’s lending policies, risk loans and the training of all loan officers. In 1984, Verne made another unique career change when he moved to Sovereign Bank (formerly Penn Savings Bank, now Santander), where, as Executive Chairman and Chief Loan Officer, he established the first commercial lending department in a savings and loan company in Pennsylvania. In 1987, Germantown Savings Bank, Philadelphia, recruited Verne to become its executive vice president and chief loan officer. When the bank was sold in 1995, Verne retired but later joined the new Berks County Bank. Verne’s client relationships, business acumen, and business successes made him an easy choice for many of his former Meridian and Sovereign clients to switch to Berks County Bank. Verne served for 13 years on the Wilson School District and Berks County Intermediate Unit Board of Trustees, serving as president, vice president, treasurer, and finance and budget chair. Verne was a member of Robert Morris Associates (the commercial banking professional society), served as a trustee of the Burn Foundation of NE Pa., and a trustee of the Public Education Foundation of Berks County. He was also a board member of the Reading YMCA. He served on the advisory board of Reading Phillies in the 70s and on the board of Planned Parenthood of Berks County. Verne has been recognized in Who’s Who in Business and in America. With his children in the pool, Verne was involved in swimming and diving in Berks County for many years. He was a PIAA swimming and diving official for over 25 years and was president of Wilshire Pool and Wilshire Boosters Assn. He was also a big fan of the Ron Regar River Swim and was also an official with the Reading YMCA swim team. Later in life, he also volunteered with Berks Encore’s income tax assistance program, where Verne prepared income tax returns for seniors for ten years. He has served on the Wilson School District Scholarship Committee and as Meridian Bank Retiree Chair. And most recently, he served on his community’s homeowners association. In his spare time, Verne enjoyed history and learning as a hobby. After his retirement, he took and took many courses at the local community college or through videos. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons-Christopher S., husband of Elizabeth Bausher, of Orlando FL., and Andrew P., husband of Amanda Bausher, also of Orlando, FL, and two daughters— Gretchen S. Coonrad, wife of Russell Coonrad, of Barrington, Illinois, and Samantha A. Bausher-Grybosky, wife of Lawrence Grybosky, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. A highlight of Verne’s later life was his eleven grandchildren, whom he adored. They called him OPA and BIG DADS. They include Eva Henne B. Coonrad, Zachary L. Bausher-Grybosky, Ingrid C. Coonrad, Andrea P. Bausher-Grybosky, Luca C. Bausher, Reagan S. Coonrad, Elliot D. Bausher-Grybosky, Nico J. Bausher, Madison A. Bausher, Tabitha R. Bausher-Grybosky, and Gia M. Bausher. Also survived is a sister, Suzanne Eva Bausher, wife of James F. Stamm Jr., as well as her nephew James and niece Jessica. Funeral services will be held at Bean Funeral Home 3825 Penn Ave. Sinking Spring on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Charles Evans Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends at Bean Funeral Home on Thursday January 20, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Special thanks to the wonderful team of Dr. Rovito and the staff at St. Joseph Cancer Center and Compassus Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 3893 Adler Place Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017 in memory of Mr. LaVerne C. Bausher. Online condolences can be made at www.beanfuneralhomes.com.
Published by Reading Eagle from January 15 to January 18, 2022.