Lavonne M. (Prellwitz) Schoepke, 80, of Hazelhurst, died peacefully Nov. 26 at Rennes Rehab in Weston.
Lavonne was born at home to Robert and Edna Prellwitz March 15, 1933, near Clintonville. She grew up on a dairy farm where she developed a strong love of animals and the outdoors. She attended Clintonville High School. On Aug. 25, 1950, she married Kenneth Schoepke in Clintonville.
Lavonne lived and worked on the Schoepke family farm. During that time she enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, helping with the farm work, and raising her four children. She also worked for 16 years at the Clintonville Community Hospital in the laundry. In 1987, Ken and Lavonne sold their family farm and moved into their retirement home near Hazelhurst. Here they enjoyed living in the woods where they loved hunting and fishing on Harr Lake. Lavonne worked part-time as a hostess at both Journey into the Wild and the Paul Bunyan Restaurant. She was active in the Northwoods Womens Club and at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua. She spent many years as a caregiver for her husband and mother.
Lavonne will be remembered for her engaging sense of humor and positive outlook on life. She valued education for her children and made it possible for them to fulfill their aspirations. Nothing brought her more joy than cooking and baking for her family. During her later years her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Her love of the outdoors was imparted to children and grandchildren. Lavonne loved people and made friends easily. She spent many hours playing sheepshead, bunco and dominoes. Her church and strong faith were a constant in her life.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Evonne (who died at birth); her parents, Robert and Edna Prellwitz; and her husband, Kenneth Schoepke.
She is survived by her four children, Dan (Bonnie) Schoepke of Wausau, David (Carol) Schoepke of Clintonville, Darla (Richard) Bauman of High Springs, Fla., and Dawn (Bret) Kronholm of Gainesville, Fla. Lavonne is also survived by eight grandchildren, Dustin Schoepke of Wausau, Jon Schoepke of San Diego, Calif., William Schoepke of Clintonville, Alla Bauman of High Springs, Fla., Sophia Bauman of Oshkosh, Alexander Kronholm of Millis, Mass., and Andrew and Ethan Kronholm of Gainesville, Fla. She is also survived by one sister, Deanna (Bill) Osterloth of Wentzville, Mo.
Funeral services, assisted by the Bolger Funeral Home, will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m., at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Bear Creek.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Rennes Rehab and One Penny Place for the love and care provided to our mom.
Lavonne was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed. Enjoy walking with the angels, mom.
Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua and Woodruff is assisting with the arrangements. Pictures, memories and condolences may be shared at www.bolgerfuneral.com.