LaVerne Zollars Forbes, age 100 of Clairton, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Southwestern Nursing Center in West Mifflin. Born May 23, 1919 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Cecelia (Clark) Leis. A 1938 graduate of Clairton High School and graduate of the Thompson Business Institute in Pittsburgh, LaVerne worked as a Key Punch Operator for Blue Cross of Western PA in Pittsburgh and later at the JC Penney's in Southland Shopping Center. A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton and its Women's Guild, LaVerne was also a member of the AARP # 2862 and loved to play cards in her spare time. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by both of her husbands James Zollars and Donald Forbes; her brothers J. Clark and Jack Leis; and her step-son James Forbes. LaVerne is survived by her children Charlene (Robert) Thomas of Elizabeth Twp. and Richard (Janice) Zollars of Bethel Park; her step-daughter Cheryl (James) Lebeda of Glassport; her step-daughter-in-law Diane Forbes of Ormond Beach, FL; her four grandchildren Gentry (fiancee' Sally Gerwel) Zollars, Scott (Jennifer) Thomas, Kelly (Steve) Byers, and Christopher (Kim) Thomas; her great-grandchildren Zachary, Lindsey, and Sydney Thomas and Julia and Josh Byers; her brother William (Marilyn) Leis of Belle Vernon; and also nieces and nephews. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10 AM with Rev. Kevin Cutright officiating. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Memorial contributions in LaVerne's name should be made to either the Young Adult Institute, 120 W. 16th Street, New York, NY 10011 or the American Cancer Society, SW Region 320 Bilmar Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
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