Laurie Jane VanAtten

June 30th, 1953 - November 21st, 2018

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          Laurie Jane VanAtten, age 65, of Erie, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. Laurie was born June 30, 1953, in Erie, she was adopted at birth by the late Donald and Verra VanAtten.

          Laurie worked assembling jewelry boxes at the Barber National Institute where she had many close friends and staff she loved. She later retired and attended the Senior Center before fully retiring at home. She enjoyed word search puzzles, listening to music, dancing, and giving love to the dogs & cats. She loved being around people and spending time with family and friends. Laurie loved hugs and kisses and was always affectionate to everyone she knew.

          In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald VanAtten and her Lifesharing “Dad” Lavone Heidelberg Sr.

          She is survived by her Lifesharing family, Mary Luce and Nathaniel Johnson who she called “Mom and Dad” as well as her “brothers and sisters” Allan Luce, Jasinia, Julissa, John, and Lavone Heidelberg, Larajah Palotas, Mariah, and Jaden Johnson. Laurie is also survived by her Lifesharing Aunts Tiffany Luce and Michaela Pierce and her Papa Randy Luce (Karen) and Grandma Ethel Pierce as well as many other family members who loved her very much. As Laurie’s health declined, she was well cared for by her Aunts and her loving staff, Carly McCullough.

          Friends are invited to call at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 E. 38th St., Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of a funeral service there at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

          Memorials are suggested to Barber National Institute, 100 Barber Pl., Erie, PA 16507.