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Laverne Crosswire (formerly Frensky) is an adult female monkey. Currently, she is the wife of Chip Crosswire, with whom she has a young son, Oliver. Her son, Oliver, is named after Laverne's first husband, Oliver Frensky, who commited suicide in 2014. Laverne has two daughters from her marriage with Oliver: Catherine and Francine. Laverne shows signs of constant stress or depression, and seems to be always battling financial troubles.

Laverne is Jewish, but she and her daughters were exiled from the synagogue they attended.[1]

BiographyEdit

At an unknown time, Laverne (whose maiden name is unknown) married Oliver Frensky. The couple had their first child, Catherine Frensky, in 1998 or 1999.[2] They had a second daughter, Francine Frensky, in 2005 or 2006.[3]

Laverne lived in Westboro Apartments in Elwood City with her husband Oliver Frensky and her two daughters. In May 2014, Oliver was fired from his job as a sanitation engineer, which prompted him to commit suicide by jumping out the apartment window. Now lacking any income, Laverne and her daughters quickly went broke, and they were forced to live on the street and eat their pet cat Nemo.[4]

In June 2014, Laverne's daughter, Catherine, began dating Chip Crosswire, a wealthy young man her age.[5] After a long and tumultuous courtship, Laverne eventually forbade the relationship because Chip was not Jewish. Devastated and angry, Catherine ran away from her mother and sister in August 2014 to pursue Chip at his college in Tennessee.[6] Laverne's reaction to her daughter's elopement was both emotional and enraged. In October of that year, Catherine called Laverne on the phone, claiming that she and Chip were no longer together and that she would be returning home. Laverne vehemently rejected her daughter's repentance, refusing to allow Catherine back into her home and effectively disowning her.[7]

On January 5, 2015, Laverne met Jane Read at a local bar. The pair realized that they were both very poor, so they agreed to rob a bank together.[8] They successfully entered the vault, but the door closed behind them, trapping them.[9] They later escaped, and were not held accountable for their actions.[10]

Sometime before June 10, 2015, Laverne became engaged to Chip Crosswire,[11] despite her disapproval of Chip's relationship with her daughter, Catherine. Laverne and Chip were married soon after their engagement. Meanwhile, Catherine was in Tallahassee Prison on murder charges.

Sometime in 2016 or 2017,[12] Laverne and her second husband, Chip, had their first child together. Laverne named the child Oliver after her late husband.

Laverne, Chip, Oliver, and Francine continued to live together in Westboro Apartments in Elwood City. In 2024, financial pressures and troubles put significant strain on Laverne and Chip's marriage. When Chip's negligence to pay the rent resulted in an eviction notice, Laverne took Francine and Oliver and left Chip.[13] She sought refuge at the Reads' house, where Jane Read took Laverne and her kids into her home.[14]

RelationshipsEdit

Name Relation Duration
Began Ended
Oliver Frensky
(relationship page)
Boyfriend Pre-comics Issue 004 (his death)
Fiance
Husband
Chip Crosswire
(relationship page)
Engaged sometime before Issue 154 btwn Issue 156 and Issue 157
Married btwn Issue 156 and Issue 157 around Issue 164 (separated)
Issue 180 (his death)

GenealogyEdit

 
 
Ed Crosswire
 
Millicent Crosswire
 
 
 
Moses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Muffy Crosswire
 
Chip Crosswire †
 
Laverne Crosswire
 
Oliver Frensky †
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oliver Crosswire
 
Francine Frensky
 
Catherine Robinson
 
Adolf Robinson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robinson children
 

AppearancesEdit

Key
Green This character made an appearance in this issue. (Type I)
Orange This character was only mentioned in this issue. (Type II)
Blue Alternative appearance: This character's name, likeness, or voice appeared in writing, a picture, or some other alternate form somewhere in this issue. (Type III)
Appearance Chart
001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020
021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040
041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049 050 051 052 053 054 055 056 057 058 059 060
061 062 063 064 065 066 067 068 069 070 071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 080
081 082 083 084 085 086 087 088 089 090 091 092 093 094 095 096 097 098 099 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120
121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140
141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160
161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180
181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200

AccoladesEdit

Ceremony Category Result
2nd Woody Awards[15] Best Overall Character Won
Best Female Character Nominated
Best Adult Character Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. Issue 032
  2. Catherine turns 16 when her sister, Francine, is in Third Grade (shown in the Arthur episode "Surprise!"). In Elwood, Francine's Third Grade year takes place in 2014-2015, which puts Catherine's 16th birthday in one of those years.
  3. Like most other Third Graders, Francine turned 9 while she was in Third Grade. She was in Third Grade in the years 2014-2015.
  4. Issue 004
  5. Issue 034
  6. Issue 061
  7. Issue 092
  8. Issue 128
  9. Issue 129
  10. Issue 133
  11. Issue 154
  12. According to Bennett Joel's Twitter, Oliver was 7 during Elwood High, which takes place in 2024.
  13. Issue 164
  14. Issue 166
  15. The 2nd Woody Awards: Nominees and Winners