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LaVone M. Liljedahl

September 1, 1928 July 20, 2018
LaVone M. Liljedahl
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LaVone Mae Liljedahl, daughter of Harold T. and Valeria M. (Layng) Lundin, was born September 1, 1928, in Rockford, IL, and died July 20, 2018, at the Josie Harper Hospice House, Omaha, NE.

LaVone grew up in Rockford, IL, and upon graduation from high school, she enrolled at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, where she majored in speech. At Augustana, she met Navy veteran John R. Liljedahl from Essex. Both were members of the Augustana College Choir. They married on August 20, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. Following their marriage, they made their home in Essex, and to this union, three children were born: Ernest, Joanne, and Susan.

Active in the community, LaVone served as co-chair of the building committee for the Essex Lied Public Library. She also served as the director of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and director of the Red Cross Volunteens (candy stripers). She organized the Essex Study & Service Club, where she was a long-time member and held a variety of offices. LaVone has been a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church since 1950, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Junior Missionary Group leader, Luther League leader, Church Council President, President of the Women’s Organization, Junior Choir director, and adult choir member.

She belonged to PEO, Chapter DN, for more than 50 years, and served as president as well as holding other offices. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the 1st National Bank of Essex for many years. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 333, and until her recent move to Omaha, she was an active member of the Shenandoah Book Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Liljedahl, in 1997. Survivors include her children Ernest (Jeannine) Liljedahl of Essex; Joanne (Michael) Messman of Grimes, IA, and their children David (Anne) Messman of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, Carolyn (James) Pfeifer of Omaha, and Elizabeth (Keaten) North of Ann Arbor, MI; Susan (Robert) Woodford of Omaha and their children Thomas Woodford of Omaha, Geoffrey Woodford of Denver, CO, Anne Woodford of Omaha, and John (Andrea) Woodford of Minneapolis, MN. Great-grandchildren are Isabelle Woodford, Caleb and Eli Messman, and Maria North. Special family friends are Marla Newlin and husband, Jeff, of Armstrong, IA, and their children, Jenae, Kyle, and Stacia.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. Memorials in LaVone's name are being directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or to the Essex Lied Library. Inurnment will take place in the Essex Cemetery.

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10:30 AM 7/25/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church

104 East St.
Essex, IA 51638

Memorial Service.

St. John's Lutheran Church
104 East St. Essex 51638 IA
United States

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Essex Cemetery Final Resting Place

1450 E Ave
longitude 40.8359, latitude -95.2819
Essex, IA 51638

1450 E Ave Essex 51638 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. John's Lutheran Church

104 East St.
Essex, IA 51638

Essex Lied Public Library

508 Iowa Ave
Essex, IA 51638

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