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LaVon Mae Venske

LaVon Mae Venske, age 69, of Lester Prairie, died Friday, March 23, 2007.

She was born April 21, 1937 in Carver County, the daughter of Albert and Bertha (Zuehl) Hafemann. LaVon was baptizedMay 16, 1937 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, and was later confirmed into the faith at the same church March 25, 1951.

LaVon attended St. Mark Lutheran School in New Germany through the eighth grade, and then attended Watertown High School through the 10th grade.

She was united in marriage with Norman Venske July 1, 1972. The couple was blessed with 34 years of marriage.

LaVon was employed at the UMCO Tackle Box Company in Watertown, Tonka Toys in Mound, and Worldwide Dispensers in Lester Prairie.

She enjoyed polka and country music very much. LaVon and Norman were members of Polka Lovers Klub of America (POLKA) and attended many polka festivals, as well as Winstock and Wee Fest.

The couple traveled in their motor home to music festivals and the Black Hills, S.D. They also traveled to Branson, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., Mackinaw Island, Mich., Washington D.C., and Gettysburg, Penn.

LaVon especially enjoyed spending summer weekends at their lake place on Horseshoe Lake near Richmond.

LaVon suffered a stroke Feb. 27, 2007, which led to her death.

She is survived by her husband, Norman, of Lester Prairie; sonsGerald Henning (wife Cindy) of Hutchinson and Kenneth Henning (wife Janet) of Hutchinson; stepson Randy Venske of Mayer; sisters Myrtle Schroeder of New Germany and Viola Hartwig of Waconia; grandchildren Alexander Henning, Joseph Henning, Emily Henning, MacKenzie Henning and Madison Hen-ning, all of Hutchinson; nieces and nephews Ronald Hartwig (wife Sue), Lyle Hartwig (wife Joanne), all of Mayer, Nancy Drew (husband Kenny) of Brooklyn Park, and Barbara Weege (husband Harlan) of Dassel; as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends.

LaVon was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law Elmer Schroeder and Omar Hartwig; and stepson Ronnie Venske.

Funeral services took place Monday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Eric Nelson officiating. The organist was Jane Holasek, and the congregational hymns were “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” and “Softly And Tenderly.” Special music, “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace,” was performed by Chuck Thiel on the concertina. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Alexander Henning, Joseph Henning, Harlan Weege, Kenny Drew, Ronald Hartwig, and Lyle Hartwig. Honorary casket bearers were Emily Henning, Madison Henning, and Mackenzie Henning.

Visitation took place Sunday evening, March 25 at the church and continued Monday, one hour prior to the services.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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