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Wiltse- Lavonne Land Wiltse died on March 28, 2013. She was born to Cornelius and Bess land on April 5, 1926 in Dupree, S.D. She graduated from High School in Faith, S.D. In 1948 she graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's of Science degree. She taught home economics for 5 years in CA, 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany and 29 years in the Alamo Heights Independent School system. She married Capt. Harry W. Wiltse in Stuttgart in 1954. "Bill" Wiltse chose San Antonio as his last duty station before retiring from the Army in 1962. He preceded her in death in 1979. In 1984 Lavonne was reunited with her high school sweetheart, William "Buzz" Kalesh. They enjoyed being together for 16 years before Buzz's death in 2000. Lavonne is survived by her brother, Robert (Jean) Land, and by her nieces Susan Land, Deborah (Gregory) Land Ladd, nephews Stefan, Brandon, and Jared Ladd. Lavonne wished to be remembered as a dedicated and compassionate teacher, and she hoped that her friends will remember her as a happy, and fun loving person who enjoyed life.
Published in Express-News on Apr. 14, 2013