LaVonne C. Luebke, 76

LaVonne C. Luebke, age 76, of Mayer, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at her home.

She was born Oct. 25, 1937, in Plymouth County, IA, the daughter of William and Florence (Jelken) Jennings. LaVonne was baptized at her grandparent’s home in rural LeMars, IA; and confirmed March 25, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Akron, IA.

LaVonne was united in marriage to Norville A. Luebke Aug. 30, 1957, at Salem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

LaVonne enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going to many of their sporting events. Family was the center of her life.

She had the gift to gab, visiting with anyone who was around her. LaVonne was very good at organizing trips for her and Norville, plotting out where they would stop for the night and the entertainment along the way.

She had a great sense of humor and would love to play cards, 500 being her favorite. LaVonne would also pass the time embroidering and sewing many different things.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Jennings; sister Judy Tesch; brother-in-law Paul Stevens; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Meta Luebke.

LaVonne is survived by her loving family: husband Norville; children and spouses, Thomas and Jody Luebke of Mayer, Steven and Sherry Luebke of Park Rapids, John Luebke of Charlotte, NC, and Rebecca El Bakkal of Atlanta, GA; foster son Michael Hardel and special friend Debbie; grandchildren Lindsay and Wyatt Getten, Brady Luebke, Tanner Luebke, Melissa and Jacob Buesgens, Holly Luebke and special friend Jason Ranzau, and Matthew Luebke and special friend Vanessa Arneson; great-grandchildren Cooper, Carson, Lillia, William, Cole, Ashton, Ariya; step-grandchildren Raymond Pfeil, Jeanne Pfeil; and step-great-grandchildren Jasmine, Hailey, Delainey and Joseph.

She is further survived by her mother, Florence Jennings, of Richfield; sister and brother-in-law LaNae and Jim Elliott of Richfield; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Melba and Louis Honebrink of Mayer, and Gerald Tesch; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with the Rev. Adam Gless officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, July 11 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers were Melissa and Jacob Buesgens, Lindsay and Wyatt Getten, Holly Luebke, Matthew Luebke, Brady Luebke, Tanner Luebke, and Michael Hardel.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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