LaVonne Mabel Menk

NEW ULM — LaVonne Mabel Menk, age 87 of New Ulm died Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at her home in New Ulm with her family by her side.

Funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.  Pastor Donald Sutton will officiate, and a reception will be held at the funeral home following the service.  A private family committal service will happen at a later date at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be from 4-6 pm on Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm.

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LaVonne is survived by her daughters, Lori (Dan) Beckers of Gibbon, Diane (Bruce) Carleton of New Ulm; sons, Gregg (Gail) Menk of Eagan, Kevin (Lynn) Menk of Tonka Bay; 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren, 2 step-greatgrandchildren; sister, Marlene Lambrecht of New Ulm; and very dear friend, Darlane Krohn of New Ulm.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, James Rix.

LaVonne Mabel Rix was born March 4, 1929 in Sleepy Eye to Leroy and Elsa (Janisch) Rix.  She was a 1947 graduate from Sleepy Eye Public High School.  On January 7, 1951, LaVonne was united in marriage with Roland Menk.  The couple was blessed with four children whom together they raised in New Ulm until they later divorced.  After raising her children, LaVonne went to work as a certified nursing assistant.  She worked as a certified nurse’s assistant at Highland Manor until 1982, and then went to work in private duty care until her retirement.  In life, LaVonne had a variety of hobbies that brought her great joy.  She enjoyed sharing her talents in the kitchen baking for her family.  She also loved socializing with friends and neighbors in bridge club.  To relax, LaVonne enjoyed puzzles, reading, or working with her hands doing counted cross stitch.  She also dearly liked watching any Golden Gophers Athletic events.  What brought LaVonne the most joy in life was spending time with her family.  She cherished attending her grandchildren’s sporting and special events, and any time she got to spend with them.  LaVonne was a member of the Glockenspiel Club, bridge club, and a devout member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm.  She will be dearly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.  Blessed be her memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.