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LaVonne "Vonnie" B. Kruse

August 29, 1925 - December 28, 2019
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
LaVonne "Vonnie" B. Kruse

LaVonne "Vonnie" B. Kruse

Born: August 29, 1925
Died: December 28, 2019
Age: 94

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LaVonne B. Kruse (Vonnie), the daughter of John and Fannie (Dykstra) Bruns, was born August 29, 1925 in Sioux County, Iowa. She was a tag-along with 2 older sisters, Lois and Joan. 

Vonnie attended country school through the 8th grade and moved with her family to Peterson, Iowa, where she graduated high school in 1943. 


Vonnie married Ivan P. Kruse in Heron Lake, Minnesota on May 28, 1945. While Ivan served in the U.S. Navy, Vonnie worked at the bank in Peterson. The couple farmed and raised their family, Brad and Marilyn, in the Rossie, Sioux Rapids, Hartley, and Everly areas. Vonnie worked at the Everly State Bank for many years and truly loved being from Iowa. 


Vonnie and Ivan were a special couple and enjoyed 52 years of a very happy marriage. Ivan passed away in 1997. They had fun dancing, playing cards with their dear friends, and traveling. Vonnie and Ivan especially loved their family and made many trips to Minnesota for grandchildren’s activities, where they were fondly known by all as Grandma and Grandpa Iowa. The couple stayed active in the community by planning and escorting day trips to local areas of interest. They took great pleasure in this activity and treasured the many friends they made. Vonnie liked sewing, needlework, and reading. She participated in bingo, bridge, and Dinner Date as well. 


Vonnie and Ivan were active members of Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. In 2000, when Vonnie moved to Golf View in Spencer, she became a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She felt very welcomed and supported by this family of faith. Having lived and worked in many surrounding communities, it seemed that Vonnie knew just about everybody and enjoyed visiting wherever she went. 


In 2017, Vonnie transitioned to St. Luke Lutheran Home, where she resided until her death on December 28, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, husband, and son. 


Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and her family. Marilyn lives with her husband, Craig Mueller in St. James, MN. Her grandchildren are Lindsay Weaver (Aaron) of Sioux Falls, SD; Ryan Mueller (Danielle) of Lake Crystal, MN; Brady Mueller (Nano) of Bloomington, MN; and Kelsey Nelson (Gerad) of La Quinta, CA. Great-grandchildren include Grace, Nora, and Ben Weaver, Callie, Grant, Delaney, Joseph, and Maren Mueller, Frederick Mueller, and Elliet, Lucy, and Maggie Nelson.  

Memorial Services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 4, 2020,  at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Jen Henry
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Burial will be at a later date at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly


Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 2:55 PM
“My family has a very special place in our hearts for Vonnie. She was so kind to us when our beautiful granddaughter, Clarissa was born. We were both members of Hope Lutheran Church in Everly and when she heard we were caring for our granddaughter, she called and offered us a crib with mattress. She said she had bought it for grandkids and no longer needed it. We were thrilled as we needed everything. Her kindness will always be remembered. I played Bridge with her and was in her aqua exercise program for a while, too. She was a sweet, kind, lady. She will be missed. God Bless her and prayers for all her family for comfort.”
- Vicki Seversen
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 9:38 PM
“So very sorry to learn of Vonnie's passing. I loved getting to know her at the YMCA.
God bless her family.
Margaret Molitor ”
- Margaret (Becker) Molitor
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 8:06 PM
“I meant Bonnie swimming at the YMCA. She had an awesome sense of humor! We always had a great time. I am so so sorry to read this.”
- Becky Simons
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:23 PM
“Marilyn, So very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was quite a lady! Hold tight to your good memories.”
- Sue Hallett
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 4:37 PM
“So sorry to hear about Vonnie’s passing. I enjoyed working with her when she volunteered at the hospital. Thoughts and prayers for her family.”
- Rhondale Streufert
Monday, December 30, 2019 at 8:25 AM
“So sorry to hear of Vonnie's passing. She was always such a pleasant lady. I first met her when she was working at the bank, and then any other time we met she was such a nice conversationalist.”
- Judy Langholz
Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM
“I am sorry to hear of Vonnie passing away. My Mom and Vonnie were such close friends and neighbors and went on many adventures together. I was so happy that they got to see each other again these past few months and become “neighbors” again. God’s peace be with Vonnie’s family.”
- Julie Overeen Tatman
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