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Iona G. Pavlis


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Iona G. Pavlis

Iona G. Pavlis, 95, of Geddes, SD, passed away Friday, October 9, 2015 at Platte Health Center Avera, Platte, SD. Memorial Services are 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Platte. Burial will take place at a later date in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Geddes. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Friday, October 16, 2015 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.

Iona Genevieve (Nelson) Pavlis was born on August 23, 1920 at her parents' home 8 miles southeast of Platte, SD to Gilbert and Inga Theodora (Sivesind) Nelson. She attended Darlington #4 Country School, Augustana Academy, Canton, SD and graduated from Geddes Public School in 1941. On April 14, 1943, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold William Pavlis in the home of her parents. Iona and Harold joined the Do-Si-Do Square Dance Club in Geddes and danced at many national square dances, even in Hawaii.

Iona is survived by her husband of 72 years, Harold; 2 children: Jean Sybesma, Platte, SD & Vicky Pavlis, Geddes, SD and Santa Fe, NM; 7 grandchildren, their spouses and 13 great grandchildren: Julie (Pavlis) & Brian Boehmke, Rachel and Katie of Webster, MN; Denise (Jaeger) & Dave Ehlers, Dillon and Rachel of New Castle, WY; Gloria (Jaeger) & Pete Horvath, Austin, Ashley Iona and Aaron of Dolton, SD; Lori (Jaeger) & Glen Dewald, Emily and Leah of Delmont, SD; Curtis & Tiffany (Simek) Sybesma, Cameron and Andrew of Geddes, SD; Valerie (Sybesma) & Gabe Strand of Platte, SD; Cindy (Sybesma) & Doug Lucas, Dillon and Jersey of Platte, SD; a brother, Leo & wife, LaDene Nelson; sister-in-law, Beatrice (Pavlis) Mushitz; brother-in-law, Sonny Pavlis; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Iona was preceded in death by her parents; 2 children: Lyle 2001 and Cheryl Jaeger 2006; in-laws: C. Dale Sybesma 2004, Judi Pavlis 2009 and Robert Jaeger 2012; a brother, Selmer and wives, Nadine and Frances; a sister, Darleen (Nelson) and husband, Russell Nelson; sister-in-law, Marjorie Nelson; and brother-in-law, Victor Mushitz.

Memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 472, Platte, SD 57369 or the Geddes Civic Club (to benefit the Pleasant Lawn Cemetery), PO Box 224, Geddes, SD 57342.

Mount Funeral Home in Platte is assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com.




Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 14, 2015
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