Laverne (Merrell) Reinertsen

Laverne (Merrell) Reinertsen, age 78, of Fountaintown, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Born Jan. 20, 1933, in Bald Knob, Ark., she was the daughter of Leroy and Callie (Beavers) Merrell, who preceded her in death.

Laverne Merrell married Berger Bert Reinertsen on Dec. 27, 1953, and he survives. She was a housewife and a restauranteur, having owned Lil' Town Restaurant in Morristown during the 1960's and '70's. Mrs. Reinertsen was a member of the Morristown Methodist Church, where she was in the United Methodist Women's and the Morristown Legion Auxilixary. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1950.

Survivors include sons, Roy N. (Lori) Reinertsen of Mason, Ohio and Eric D. Reinertsen of Fairland; sisters, Gayle (Jesse) Peiper of New Palestine and Virginia Anderson of Morristown; brother, Richard (April) Merrell of Hebron, Ill.; and grandchildren, Meghan and Nicholas.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Wilma Davis; and her brother, Scott Merrell.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Morristown Methodist Church, 221 S. Washington in Morristown. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the church. Rev. Susan Davis and Rev. Amy Artis will officiate. Interment will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morristown Methodist Church, 221 S. Washington St., Morristown, IN 46161. Online condolences may be shared at