In Memory: Lavonne "Vonnie" Olson (née Jorve)

Lavonne "Vonnie" Olson

Lavonne "Vonnie" Jorve Olson, 83, passed away peacefully on Aug. 27, with family by her side. She was a loving, generous, and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, and friend-a true angel. Vonnie was born in Jamestown, N.D. on Aug. 7, 1930, and graduated from high school in Battle Lake, Minn., where she met her husband. Vonnie balanced family life and her career as a secretary at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville for 23 years, where she also was a volunteer wedding coordinator, assisting in nearly 300 weddings. She was an avid volunteer for the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, and Friends of Roseville Parks. Vonnie cherished her family and friends, and enjoyed church, theater, concerts, travel, and genealogy. She lived in Roseville since 1958 and belonged to Roseville Lutheran Church for 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Bruce; son William Bruce Jr.; parents Ted and Cleona Jorve; brothers Theodore Jr., Duane, and Merton and his wife Betty.

She is survived by two children, Thomas Olson and Rebecca Thompson; grandchildren, Julie (Chad) Larson, Jonathan Olson, Michele Guindon, Mitchell (Rebekah Peterson), Grant, and Brett Thompson and three great grandchildren; also survived by brothers, Dennis (Sharon) and Gerald (Karen) Jorve; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Ernest) Blew and Barbara (Gene) Denney; extended family and special friends.

A visitation will be held on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 W. Roselawn Ave.  and a celebration of Vonnie's life will be Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., with visitation an hour prior to the service. A private interment will be held in Battle Lake. Memorials may be made to Roseville Lutheran Church, Friends of Roseville Parks, the American Cancer Society, or donor's choice.

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