Monday, February 27, 2017 2:52 pm
LaVonne M. Darling, 80, of Decorah, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Wellington Place. The funeral Mass was at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel, with Father Edward McGrath officiating. Visitation was from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, prior to services at the church. The Mengis Funeral home in Mabel, Minn. assisted the family. mengisfuneralhome.com.
LaVonne was born April 30, 1936, near Burr Oak, to Elmer and Gladys (Peterson) McCauley. She graduated in 1955 from the Decorah High School. She married Alvin Darling April 3, 1956, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Bluffton. They lived in Beloit, Wis. for a short time before moving back to the Burr Oak area in 1958. She was a wife and mother most of her life, then in the later years worked at Northern Engraving, Green Lea Manor and Wellington Place. They lived in Burr Oak until January, when they became residents at Wellington Place in Decorah. LaVonne was a former member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel. She enjoyed going shopping, baking, playing cards, Facebooking and attending family events; but most of all, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren.
LaVonne is survived by her husband, Alvin, of Decorah; two sons, Randy (Paulette) of Decorah and Rick (Vicki) of Lanesboro, Minn.; four daughters: Gail (Jim) Masters of New Hampton, Terri (Larry) Schneberger of Decorah, Shannon (Jeff) Downing of Muscatine and Stacey Darling of Decorah; daughter-in-law, Cindy (Jim) Bappe of Decorah; 20 grandchildren: Renee (Rodney) Hill, Brad (Trisha) Darling, Kristy (Lee) Huinker, Adam Darling, Jamie (Zach) Darling, Jordan (Jason) Darling, Brady Darling, Andrew Darling, Megan (Gabe) Marsh, Ethan Hall, Lexi (Jared) Hall, Jason (Ann) Masters, Kiley Masters, Ryan (Steff) Masters, Kindra (Steve) Fritz, Bailey, Raegan, and Dawson Downing and Abby and Kelly Ahrens; 12 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Cayden, Bradan, Tylar, Brody, Hayden, Jackson, Mason, Nolan, Liliana, Beckett and Henry; a brother-in-law, Dean and Ginger Darling; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Gladys McCauley; father and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Pearl Darling; a son, Danny Darling; daughter-in-law, Shirley Darling; two grandsons, Troy Kruse and Dustin Downing; and brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Jean McCauley.