Lauper, Serge J., 1901-1994
- Existence: 1901 - 1994
Serge J. Lauper (1901-1994) served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, a member of the stake presidency, and a patriarch.
Serge J. Lauper was the oldest of ten children born to Emma Elizabeth Wissing and Emile Louis Lauper of Lehi, Utah. Raised in a very economical family, Lauper was intelligent and hard-working, and loved to read.
He served in the Southern States mission from 1925 to 1927. Following his mission, he was sealed to Jean Vernon Gordon, daughter of May Elizabeth Schutt and James Frater Gordon of Alberta, Canada, on April 4, 1930, in the Salt Lake Temple. Four daughters were born to the couple, who spent the majority of their married life in San Francisco, California. In 1929, Lauper gained employment as a salesman with Charles R. Hadley Company, where he remained, with the exception of a few years in the 1950s when he opened his own business, until his retirement in 1966. During that time, Lauper served as a member of the San Francisco Stake Presidency from 1952 to 1959, and later as bishop of the Sunset Ward and then of the Diamond Ward in Oakland, California.
A few years after his retirement, Jean, his beloved wife of forty-eight years, died of a stroke in September 1977. About a year later, Lauper married Winifred Compton Matson, daughter of Josie Nevada Hamilton and Samuel Murchison Compton, in the Oakland Temple on August 15, 1978. The two enjoyed fifteen years of wedded bliss, during which time Lauper served as a sealer in the Oakland Temple, having been ordained a patriarch in 1959, until his wife's death in February 1993. Lauper followed her a year later.
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Contains items relating to the family life of Serge J. Lauper. Materials include correspondence between Lauper and his daughters' families, programs, announcements, papers from family events, genealogy, and other materials, dated from 1901 to 1994.