LaVonne McCabe -- Lanesboro
LaVonne Alaine (Bakke) McCabe, 86, of Lanesboro, passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Dec. 21, at Saint Marys Hospital.
LaVonne was born on May 18, 1932, the daughter of Alvin and Luella (Nelson) Bakke, in a farmhouse near Lanesboro. She attended Amherst Country School until 5th grade, continued her education at Lanesboro School, graduating in the class of 1950. She received her secretarial degree at Winona Business School in 1951.
On June 28, 1952, LaVonne was united in marriage to Charles McCabe at the Canton Church Rectory. Charles and LaVonne farmed south of Lanesboro until 2010, when LaVonne moved to Sylvan Manor in Lanesboro. She spent her last three months at Traditions in Preston.
LaVonne and family had a large vegetable garden and raised heavy chickens. From this, there was a lot of vegetable canning and butchered chickens to sell. From the laying hens, LaVonne sold many eggs to the surrounding community; she was known as the “Egg Lady” in Lanesboro. LaVonne and her daughters rolled and sold many packages of lefsa. All these activities created many family stories and memories.
Her commitment to family was evident through her attendance at school activities, sporting events, and family gatherings. Her favorite past time was playing cards and board games with family and friends.
LaVonne is survived by her husband of 66 years, Charles; and children, Charlene (Keith) Eide, Lanesboro, Shirley (David) Shanahan, Preston, Larry (Linda Erickson) McCabe, Jerry (Kim) McCabe, and Patty (Lance) Mensink, all of Lanesboro; 19 grandchildren, Renae (Ted) Reinhardt, Travis (Tori) Eide, Jennifer (Jake Lane) Eide, Trent (Kelly) Eide, Kathy Mulhern, Julie (Shane) Rindels, Angie (Quincy) Grabau, Sarah (Derek) Holtegaard, Michael (Margaret) Johnson, Brian (Maura) McCabe, Bethany (Jason Ellefson) McCabe, Kayla McCabe, Jessica (Matt) Schnebly, Terry McCabe, Samantha (Caleb) Hareldson, Brenda (Brent) Afseth, Becky (Joel) Voca, Stacy (Joey Ryan) Mensink, and Cory Mensink; two stepgrandchildren, Kyle (Ann) Shanahan, and Kristin Shanahan; 36 great-grandchildren, Haley, Blake, Corbin, Teagan, Kingston, Amity, Nolan, Norah, Brooklyn, Riley, Emma, Brayden, Bryce, Bryant, Owen, Decker, Chase, Remy, Jackson, Addison, Cooper, Griffin, Sawyer, Levi, Claira, Alyvia, Bailey, Carter, Chloe, Cora, Daxyn, Charlie, Marissa, Cole, Hadley, and Drew; sister-in-law, Catherine Bakke, Preston; and brother-in-law, Henry Jr. Hongerholt, Bagley, Minn. She is preceded in death by one son, Gregory Charles; her parents; and two siblings, Charles Bakke and Rosalie Hongerholt.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and one hour before the service Saturday. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the church, with Father McGrath officiating. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Cemetery following the service.
Arrangements are with Riley Funeral Homes. To leave a condolence for the McCabe family please visit www.rileyfuneralhomes.com.