Laverne Marie Rovira

Laverne Marie Rovira

November 25, 1931 - September 11, 2008

Laverne Marie Rovira

November 25, 1931 - September 11, 2008


Laverne Marie Rovira, longtime resident of Stanton, CA, passed away peacefully in her home on September 11, 2008, surrounded by her husband and children. Laverne was born in 1931 in New Orleans, LA. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Walter S. Rovira, Sr.; her eight children: sons Walter, Jr., Glenn, Larry, Marcus, Ward, and Alan Rovira, and daughters Jane Byrnes and Jennifer Ross. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and her brother, Dr. Donald F. Ward. She will be deeply missed by all.

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20 responses to Laverne Marie Rovira

  1. Dear Rovira Family and Marcus,
    We are deeply saddened by your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers and know our father in heaven will see you though this difficult time.

  2. Dear Marcus and Claire,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Feel blessed that your mom got to see your daugthers grow into beautiful young women. I know that you all made her proud!

    Love you!

  3. MARY ALTAZAN says:


  4. Eulogy for My Mother –

    According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.

    Thank you for joining us today. I am Walter Simeon Rovira, Jr. It is my responsibility and my greatest honor to give the eulogy today.

    We gather to celebrate the life of my mother, Laverne Marie Rovira. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming. I am very grateful that you all have come today to celebrate her life.

    What can I say about my mother? The first thing that comes to my mind is: I am my mother’s son. Each of my five brothers and two sisters are also a tribute, a living legacy of our mother. My father gave the orders but it was my mother that executed the plan. My parents were married In June 1953. I only saw Laverne THE MOTHER as she, with a little help from my dad, followed their dream of building this large family. I do have to tell everyone that after going through my mom’s private papers this week that I learned another side to my mom: Laverne THE GIRLFRIEND. I know very well that my Dad knew in 1953 and knows to this day how lucky he was to have “°Ã¢”šÂ¬” to possess – my mothers absolute and undying love. She was attractive, fun, smoked ciggies and enjoyed drinking. When she played the violin, she was happy to entertain and show her skill, you see pictures of this cute girl and her instrument practicing, it was all so serious, she looked so focused, as children we’d jump up & down following her like the Pied Piper and “°Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”dancing”°Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…” throughout the house.

    I learned many things from my mother that made me the person I am today. I learned that marriage is teamwork. My mom never made excuses for my dad working all the time in fact we kind of enjoyed it. My mom taught us who the boss was and was quick to tell us she would have to tell the boss, if we did not comply with her instructions.

    My mother raised us to be and act like a family and that the job of a family is to take care of each other. My mother made us strong and self sufficient. She didn’t get up in the morning to make our breakfast or dress us for school. She taught us to set our alarm, wake our siblings, go to school and to ALWAYS DO OUR BEST. I am proud to say all eight of children successfully completed 12 years of Catholic school education & training. All eight children went on to college earning their bachelor’s degree and many have earned advanced degrees. We are the children of Laverne M Rovira. The essential DNA or life force that was once Laverne M Rovira survived. Laverne is still here within each of her eight children, her children’s children and so on. We honor her as we continue to grow, demonstrating our “°Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‹Å“unique’ Rovira/Ward heritage; a passion for life, for love and for family.

    My mom will always remain a guiding light for me. When I play poker or blackjack I have always asked myself, how would mom play that hand? Only now after I cash in my chips at the end of an evening, she will not be there for me to me to call, to boast of my winnings or describe my loser hands.

    It was over 10 years ago my father said to me, as the medical staff is wheeling him in for heart surgery, “°Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”Take care of your mother.”°Ã¢”šÂ¬Â
    Now I ask this of you God: Please take care of my mother.

  5. Wake for Laverne Marie Rovira

    Thank you all for joining us this evening. This evening we hold this celebration of life for Lavern Marie Rovira. She was not always a Rovira. She was born November 25, 1931 as Lavern Marie Ward. Laverne was one of five children born and raised in New Orleans , LA. On June 27, 1953 she became a Rovira when she married my father. Laverne went on to raise eight children, not counting my father. My Aunts and Uncles also had many children extending our family even more.

    I am convinced that what and who we are is influenced by generations that preceded us. How we respond to that influence is what makes us. I took a ten year vacation from my parents that I am not proud of. During that time I was able to see my parents for who they were, apart from me, and who I am, apart from them. Over the years I have come to understand that I am of my parents, I am not them. I am my mother’s first born, #1. Our mother helped to define us to the best of her ability gradually preparing us for our entry into adulthood. In hundreds of ways she paved the way for our lives without her. I just want to share with you just a few of the life examples set for me by my mother that I have come to understand in the last few days:

    To say those things that ought to be said
    To admit to regrettable behavior and to make amends
    To accept disappointment with some degree of emotional control
    To love and to let go
    To live life; and, at the end, to exit life with dignity

    The supreme irony of my mothers death is that now, at 54 years old, I have come face to face with the reality of just how much growing up I still have to do. And as siblings, just how much of ourselves we still have to learn. I’m not sure that anyone ever finishes the job “°Ã¢”šÂ¬” the important thing is to try. To my brothers and sisters: We are the sum not only of our childhoods but also what we make of ourselves when childhood ends. Throughout our lives we have the ability to change; we can still make a difference. We can and do have an effect on the generations to come. Just as we are linked to the past, so, too, are we linked to the future. To our children and to our children’s children. My message to my bothers and sisters is one of creating the future. Of creating a legacy for the future. Today we mourn the loss of our mother. As traumatizing as it is, I will remind you that our mother would tell us: GET OVER IT.

    We honor our mother’s legacy by pulling together as the family we were taught to be.

    We have this evening structured around snapshots in the life of Lavern Rovira. You will hear from my brother’s Larry#4, Glenn#3 and Alan#7. My Uncle Don Ward Baby brother to Laverne. My cousin Harmon Ward representing the entire Ward clan of our late Aunt Caletta & Uncle Jay. My cousin Sharon Lenata representing the entire McCawley clan. My mother’s dear friend, Anita of the Lunch Bunch. And a wrap up from our favorite attorney and friend of the family, Dan Carreon. .

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