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LaVonne Joyce Kramer

December 24, 1933 - September 8, 2021
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
LaVonne Joyce Kramer

LaVonne Joyce Kramer

Born: December 24, 1933
Died: September 8, 2021
Age: 87

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      LaVonne Kramer was born the youngest of four daughters of Louis and Marie.  She grew up on the family farm and graduated as valedictorian of her high school class.  She was a lifelong learner and avid reader.

      She married Richard Kramer and they began farming the family farm.  From there, they owned and operated Kramer Hardware in Everly for 15 years.  In 1971 they purchased a farm in rural Everly.  Together, they designed a new house to accommodate their entire family for visits and moved there in 1980 after Richard constructed it himself.  During Richard’s second farming life, he was elected to the Clay County Board of Supervisors where he served for 16 years.  LaVonne assisted Richard in all his endeavors and was active in Hope Lutheran Church as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher, ‘Mission Band’ leader, and Junior Choir director.  She served in various positions – Altar Guild, president of the women’s organization and, for a number of years, was local radio chairman for a program sponsored by area church women (“Christian Women Speak”).  Later, the couple joined Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer and she was a Stephen Minister and trainer, a lay preacher, and enjoyed quilting for mission projects.  She served on the Everly Library Board, the Arrangements Committee of the Sixth District of Iowa Federation of Republican Women and was a volunteer with the Spencer Hospital Auxiliary for over 20 years.  Following Richard’s passing, she moved from the farm to Spencer.

     She particularly loved music and played the piano her entire life.  She was a member of the ‘Small Town Crisis’ musical group in Everly.  She played for ‘Christmas at Bethany’ and, at the age of 85, accompanied Bethany’s first “flash mob”.  Social gatherings with ‘Red Hatters’ and a monthly Kramer Breakfast were fun social activities.  She enjoyed travel in the region, nation, and overseas with her husband Richard.  They took a trip to Germany for family heritage and Lutheran sightseeing.  She also took great pleasure in listening to accounts of her extended family’s travels, traveled with them on occasion, and always visited each new home wherever it was located across the country.  She enjoyed reviewing and discussing house plans and decorating was one of her special skills.  She eventually designed and built two houses with Richard.

     Her family was most important in her life.  She was married to Richard for 55 years and they had 3 children:  Denise, Scott, and Steven.  LaVonne and Richard were blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She delighted in hosting the family for holidays, especially the annual July 4th family gathering and fireworks at the farm.  She loved to hear of their many activities.  She was endearing with her encouragement of the grandchildren; she always had positive words to lift them up.  She had a hearty laugh for a good joke and enjoyed the many fun stories of their childhood years.  Christmas was a special time of year because it included her birthday.

     LaVonne breathed her last listening to a favorite hymn, “In the Garden”, and holding her daughter’s hand.  The family deeply appreciates the compassionate care of the staff at St. Luke Home and Spencer Hospital Hospice.  She was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Marie, her husband Richard, and her sisters Vera Glee, Leila, and Verneda. 

     Left to cherish her memory are her children - Denise and Gary Tolzmann, Scott and Diane Kramer, and Steven and Judy Kramer – and grandchildren – Elizabeth and Richard, Emily and Kenan, John and Jacie, Sheena and Chris, Crystal and Jeff, and Deanna, Tabitha, and Aaron.  LaVonne has a dozen great-grandchildren.  Dear to her heart are Jolynn, Chris, Allie and Kramer.  She is also survived by other family members and friends.


     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church (15 W 14th St, Spencer IA 51301) and will be designated for music.


     Masks and social distancing protocols will be practiced at the worship service.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa.

The Funeral Service will be livestreamed at:

Rev. Deb Mechler
Deacon Lynn Egesdal
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021, with the family present 5 - 7:00 p.m., at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, Iowa.
"In The Garden"
"Jesus Loves Me"
"A Mighty Fortress"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. LaVonne was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed my visits with her. Was always a joy seeing her. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
- Jenny Ennen
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“My sympathy to the Kramer family. She was a great lady and a joy to visit with. Many prayers. Betty Walton”
- Betty L Walton
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 7:53 AM
“Dear Denise...Jen told me about your Mom's death...I'm so sorry. A great photo...she was beautiful ❤️. Blessings. Marcia”
- Pastor Marcia Kisner
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“My most heartfelt condolences to all. Take comfort in knowing that Aunt LaVonne is at peace, United with our Lord Jesus Christ and reunited with those that have passed before her. God bless.”
- Pete Wegler
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7:41 AM
“I am better for having known LaVonne... every single encounter left me smiling as we parted ways, and I have no doubt there are many who have felt the same! My prayers and sympathy are with you all at this tender time and all the days to come. Denise, a special hug for you, my friend. Please be gentle with yourselves.”
- Marcia Steffen
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7:22 AM
“Denise, Scott, Steve, and families~
I am so saddened to learn of your Mother's passing. She was a very sweet lady. Cherish the memories you made together. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Pamela Asmussen
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8:10 PM
“I am so sorry to hear the news of LaVonne. I will never forget how she has helped me. She was a special lady and know that I care. My best to all of you. ”
- L. Elaine Orthmann
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 6:47 PM
“Our prayers are with you Denise and family at this very difficult time. What a lovely caring and thoughtful person she was. She will be greatly missed by us all. ”
- Donna, Gerald Koester
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“My sympathy to LaVonne's family.”
- Deb Wilcox
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:15 AM
“I had forgotten that LaVonne was a Christmas Eve baby. I will remember her as I share Christmas gifts because she share from her own gifts: baking, sewing (quilts especially on first Thursdays), laughter, and participating in worship. Whenever she read scripture, she honored the Word. She loved to worship. She loved her church. She loved her Lord. She loved her family. How can one person love so much???
I will miss her.”
- Jen Henry
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“Denise & Gary and the Kramer Family,

So very sorry for your loss. Susanne & Mark Hallett”
- Susanne & Mark Hallett
Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:31 AM
“Cynthia Knapp passed on the news of Lavonne's passing. Helen and I send our condolence. . May God be with you.”
- Duane and Helen Paulsen
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:37 PM
“Our hearts go out to you in the loss of LaVonne. May God surround you with peace and comfort.”
- Russ and Onalee Wright
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 10:20 AM
“Hugs to you, Gary, and whole family. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Keep cherished moments close to get you thru the days ahead.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Julie Schultze
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:54 AM
“From being my Junior Choir director (just a few years ago!) to being our neighbor when she came to town, I have always enjoyed the times we shared. She was a special lady and I enjoyed her “down to earth” wisdom she shared. Sending our sympathy to Denise, Scott, Steve, and your families.”
- Sherri and Tim Steffen
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:14 AM
“LaVonne was such a special lady, we will always be grateful for the wisdom, grace and love she shared so willingly. I thoughts are with you Denise and everyone who mourns the loss of LaVonne.”
- Steve Quattlebaum
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Our sympathies to the family of LaVonne. She was a funny, charming, loving person, and our lives were made more wonderful by her presence.”
- Joanne Schar
Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:12 AM
“Denise, Scott, Steve and families so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was such a wonderful person. Memories are so precious.”
- Louise Simpson
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