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LaVaune A. Norell, 85

Feb 21, 2011

Blue Earth – A Memorial Service for LaVaune Arlene Norell was held Feb. 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the chapel at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, in Blue Earth. LaVaune passed away on Feb. 12, 2011, at St. Luke’s.

LaVaune was born in Cass County, N.D., on June 21, 1925. She was raised by foster families in Sacred Heart and Minneapolis, where she graduated from high school. The following September she married Jerome Hanson from Renville. They had two daughters, Jacqui (Marvin) Dikken, of Blue Earth, and Terri Hanson, of Bismarck, N.D., plus a daughter, Judy Joy, who died shortly after birth. LaVaune was looking forward to seeing Judy and her former mother-in-law, Josie Hanson, in heaven.

Returning to Minnesota from Illinois and Arizona in the 1960s, LaVaune connected with five half sisters for the first time and was quite delighted to see people who resembled her. In 1964, she married Clifford Norell with whom she had a son, Peter, of Springfield, Ill. In 1992, LaVaune relocated to Blue Earth to be closer to her daughter, Jacqui, and her grandchildren. Residing in New Life Manor for the last few years, she greatly enjoyed coffee hour in the Gift Shop in St. Luke’s, where she made many special friends. Her wit and easy smile were greatly enjoyed. All appreciated her beautiful cross-stitched work which had been displayed in Terri’s church in Bismarck and in St. Luke’s display case. The family is happy to have these treasures which will be life-long mementos of LaVaune’s love for them.

Besides her children, also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Julie (Ronald) Loge, Matthew (Jean) Dikken, all of Blue Earth, Daniel (Carrie) Dikken, of Andover, and Alyssa Norell, of Illinois; great-grandchildren, Jessica (Seth) Holland, Brett Loge, Kory, Jacob and Alex Dikken, Ellie, Luke and Zack Dikken; and one great-great-grandson, Wyatt Holland.

Three half sisters survive, Jan (Bud) Schultz, Pat (Bill) Gordon, of Montevideo, and Betty (Gorman) Velde, of Granite Falls, while Delores (Norman) Johnson, and June (David) Oakland preceded LaVaune in death.

Blessed be her memory.