Yvonne Bode

Yvonne J. (Hoeft) Bode, 75, of Loveland, CO, passed away on Feb. 6, 2014, at Aspen House Memory Care Assisted Living facility. She was born on March 8, 1938, in Prairie Farm, WI (Barron County), and was preceded in death by her parents, Ranzle W. and Gladys V. (Eggen) Hoeft, and by her brother, Robert (Bud) Hoeft. Yvonne was the middle child of five siblings (Shirley, Bud, Sharon, and Randy). She lived in Barron County until the age of 14 or 15, when her family moved to Milwaukee, WI, in search of better work opportunities. After retiring, Yvonne moved with her husband to Loveland in Sept. 2007. Unfortunately, after successfully overcoming colon cancer, followed shortly thereafter by the loss of her husband to Lou Gehrig's disease, Yvonne was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). She lived for a few years in her home before moving to Sterling House Assisted Living facility, and finally to Aspen House. Yvonne graduated from Lincoln High School in 1956. She was the first one in her family to go to college, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) for a few years until she married David H. Bode on Sept. 19, 1959, to whom she was married for 50 years. However, Yvonne's dream was to finish her college degree at UWM, and finally in 1986, after raising her five children, she went back to college and received her bachelor of science degree in Geography, followed in 1993 by a master of science degree in Geography and a master of library science degree in Library and Information Science. Her master's thesis, awarded in Dec. 1993, was titled "The Ice Age National Scientific Reserve in Wisconsin: Objectives and Accomplishments." Additionally, to gather information for her thesis, Yvonne participated in a coveted internship in the early 1990s in Washington, DC, for the National Geographic Society. Due to her husband David's writing career, Yvonne moved several times with their family, first from Milwaukee to the Rockford, Illinois area, and eventually back to Wisconsin. When the kids left home, she and David bought their dream house on four acres of wooded land in Colgate. While raising her family, Yvonne worked as a librarian, and eventually ended her career as an executive assistant for the College of Letters and Sciences for UWM. She also helped open the first library in Winnebago, IL, and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. Yvonne enjoyed spending time with her family; participating in outdoor activities such as nature hikes, collecting rocks, touring lighthouses, and investigating the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin; reading; knitting and sewing; traveling; and going on long car rides. Additionally, Yvonne enjoyed music, and her tastes ranged from Three Dog Night to Van Cliburn. Yvonne is survived by daughters Leslie Bode (Eric Tagge), Denver; Denise (Jim) Lucchesi, Loveland; Lisa Bode, Portland, OR; and Barbara (Tom) Jones, Portland, OR, and son David M. (Hillary) Bode, Loveland; sisters Shirley Johnston, Rice Lake, WI and Sharon (Richard) Brogan, Eau Claire, WI, and brother Randy, Milwaukee, WI; grandchildren Laura (Jake) Smith, Loveland, Mariah Jones and Samuel Jones, Portland, OR, and Ava Bode, Loveland; great-grandsons Jacob Smith, Jr. and Weston Smith, Loveland; and many other family members located throughout the country. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, March 8, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3800 Mountain Lion Drive, Loveland, CO. Burial of cremains will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park this summer in Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. (http://www.lbda.org). For condolences, go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Mar. 5, 2014