Lavonne Joyce Schardin, 70, Grafton, North Dakota, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson, North Dakota.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Grafton Lutheran Church in Grafton. Interment will be at the Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Lavonne Untiedt was born March 21, 1949, to Paul and Bernice Untiedt in Luverne. She was raised in Kanaranzi and began her education in a one-room school house. Lavonne graduated from Pipestone High School in 1967. Following graduation, she attended Pipestone Vocational School for bookkeeping.
Lavonne married Robert “Bob” Schardin on Sept. 8, 1968, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pipestone. The couple made their home in Lake Benton. She worked as bookkeeper for the Pawnee Corporation in Pipestone. In 1970 Lavonne and Bob moved to Hillsboro, North Dakota, where he began his career with Schwan’s Ice Cream. In February of 1978 the couple moved to Duncan, South Carolina, for Bob’s work with Schwan’s. In 1981 the couple moved to Holstein, Iowa, for a few years, then to Bemidji, and finally to Grafton, North Dakota, in 1989. In Grafton Lavonne went to work as a sales clerk for Pamida (Shopko). She enjoyed her work and especially visiting with all of the customers. She retired after 27 years.
Lavonne enjoyed many hobbies: 4H when younger, bowling, crafts, and cross stitch. She and Bob enjoyed traveling to see their family. Lavonne loved attending the activities of her grandchildren.
Lavonne is survived by three sons, Jason (DeAnn) Schardin, Brooklyn Center, Wayne (Katie) Schardin, Wichita, Kansas, and Jon Schardin, Dickinson, North Dakota; grandchildren Jenna and Cason; siblings Donald (Jim McKee) Untiedt, Plymouth; Barbara (Alan) Spalinger, Kodiak, Alaska, and Patsy Kaski, Roanoke, Texas; several nieces, nephews, greatnieces and greatnephews; a sister-in-law, Jane Schardin, Slayton; a special aunt, Betty Mann, Luverne; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on Nov. 17, 2017; her parents; brothers Tom and Howard Untiedt; grandparents John and Freda Mann and Paul and Emma Untiedt; parents-in-law Bernard and Elizabeth Schardin; sister-in-law Ann Untiedt; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Arrangements are provided by Tollefson Funeral Home of Grafton, tollefsonfuneralhome.com.