LaVonne McCabe, 86, of Lanesboro

LaVonne McCabe

LaVonne Alaine (Bakke) McCabe, 86, of Lanesboro, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born in a farmhouse near Lanesboro on May 18, 1932, the daughter of Alvin and Luella (Nelson) Bakke.

She attended Amherst Country School until fifth grade, continued her education at Lanesboro School and graduated in the class of 1950. She received her secretarial degree at Winona Business School in 1951.

On June 28, 1952, she was united in marriage to Charles McCabe at the Canton Church Rectory. The couple farmed south of Lanesboro until 2010, when she moved to Sylvan Manor in Lanesboro. She spent her last three months at Traditions in Preston.

She and her family had a large vegetable garden and raised heavy chickens. From this, there was a lot of vegetable canning and butchered chickens to sell. From the laying hens, she sold many eggs to the surrounding community and was known as the “Egg Lady” in Lanesboro. She and her daughters rolled and sold many packages of lefse. All these activities created many family stories and memories.

Her commitment to family was evident through her attendance at school activities, sporting events and family gatherings. Her favorite pastime was playing cards and board games with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Charles of 66 years; children, Charlene (Keith) Eide of Lanesboro, Shirley (David) Shanahan of Preston and Larry (Linda Erickson) McCabe, Jerry (Kim) McCabe and Patty (Lance) Mensink, all of Lanesboro; 19 grandchildren, Renae (Ted) Reinhardt, Travis (Tori) Eide, Jennifer (Jake Lane) Eide, Trent (Kelly) Eide, Kathy Mulhern, Julie (Shane ) Rindels, Angie (Quincy) Grabau, Sarah (Derek) Holtegaard, Michael (Margaret) Johnson, Brian (Maura) McCabe, Bethany (Jason Ellefson) McCabe, Kayla McCabe, Jessica (Matt) Schnebly, Terry McCabe, Samantha (Caleb) Hareldson, Brenda (Brent) Afseth, Becky (Joel) Voca, Stacy (Joey Ryan) Mensink and Cory Mensink; two step-grandchildren, Kyle (Ann) Shanahan, and Kristin Shanahan; 36 great-grandchildren, Haley, Blake, Corbin, Teagan, Kingston, Amity, Nolan, Norah, Brooklyn, Riley, Emma, Brayden, Bryce, Bryant, Owen, Decker, Chase, Remy, Jackson, Addison, Cooper, Griffin, Sawyer, Levi, Claira, Alyvia, Bailey, Carter, Chloe, Cora, Daxyn, Charlie, Marissa, Cole, Hadley and Drew; sister-in-law, Catherine Bakke of Preston and brother-in-law, Henry Jr. Hongerholt of Bagley.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Charles and two siblings, Charles Bakke and Rosalie Hongerholt.

The funeral service for her will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. McGrath officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28 and one hour before the service Saturday. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following the service.

Arrangements are with Riley Funeral Homes.

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