The Mass of Christian Burial for LaVonne Lee Theisen of Wadena was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Aaron Kuhn as celebrant.
LaVonne was born to William L. and Helen (Kleinsasser) Olson on February 26, 1932, in Freeman, SD. She graduated from Tyndall High School in 1950.
LaVonne was united in marriage with Philip Lloyd Theisen on November 4, 1950, in Tyndall, SD. She was an administrative secretary at Wadena High School in Wadena, MN, until retiring December 31, 1999. LaVonne was an avid gardener, and an excellent seamstress and pie baker. She enjoyed reading, traveling, skiing, snowmobiling, Bridge and ceramics. She loved her cats! LaVonne was a member of the VFW auxiliary, Homemakers Club, and the Humane Society.
Surrounded by her loving family, LaVonne passed away on April 8, 2014, at her home in rural Wadena, MN. She was 82 years old.
LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband Philip L. Theisen on April 2, 2014; parents William & Helen; brother James Olson; and son-in-law Dr. George M.A. Fortier III.
She is survived by son Philip J. (Cheryl) Theisen of Denver, CO; daughters Joan M. (Gary) Westergren of Plymouth and Patricia K. Fortier of Little Falls; four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; brother William "Bill"(Sheila ) Olson of St. Paul Park; sister Donna (Harry) McGilvrey of Sioux Falls, SD; along with a host of friends.
Pallbearers were Michelle Westergren, Michael Westergren, Gary Westergren, Brett Fortier, Zach Fortier and Don Hoffmann.
Burial was in Wadena Cemetery, Wadena, MN.
Arrangements were with the Schuller Family Funeral Homes in Wadena. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)