December 9, 1926-March 14, 2019
LaVonne (Bonnie) (92) passed away peacefully on the morning of March 14, 2019. She was born on to Martin & Valeta Griese In Esterville, Iowa.
LaVonne attended Burt High School, and upon graduating, went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1946. Her great fortitude was displayed as she, during the war effort, rode her bike the 6 miles to work. One of her greatest accomplishments was graduating from Nursing School as an RN in 1956, and then moving to Houston Texas.
In 1957, LaVonne married Merle Schaff and they started their family of five children. In 1965, the family relocated to New York, where she forged lifetime friendships to this day. Another re-location after 10 years took the family to Missouri Valley, Iowa. A final move to Toledo, Or in 1978 settled the family where her career continued at the Newport Hospital, where she retired from after many rewarding years serving her community as an RN.
LaVonne is survived by her husband Merle (Bud), Toledo, Children; Steve Schaff , Sue Ann Seils, (Salem, OR) Sheila Huguley, (Sweet Home, OR) Jay Schaff & Mary Flatt, (Toledo, OR); nine grandchildren & eleven great grandchildren; her sisters Harriet Shivers (Newport, OR) and Mary Maack (Houston, TX).
LaVonne found great joy in spending with her family, quiet time quilting, and collecting antiques. She was the heartbeat of our family and will be missed very much! She is best remembered by her smile & unconditional love.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Union Hall in Toledo 2:00-4:00 Sunday March 24.