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LaVonne Grassel

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LaVonne Grassel

Sioux Falls - LaVonne R. Grassel, 66, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, August 29 at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation begins at 4:00 PM Sunday, August 28 at the church, where the family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

LaVonne Rhonda Dahl, daughter of Robert and Edith (Kjolstad) Dahl, was born August 14, 1950 in New Ulm, MN. She graduated from Madelia (MN) High School in 1968. LaVonne would later earn a bachelor's degree from Bethel College in Mankato, MN. She began her banking career with U.S. Bank in Mankato.

LaVonne met Terry Grassel while working as a cashier at U.S. Bank. The couple were united in marriage on April 24, 1982 in Mankato. LaVonne and Terry moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1994. She worked for Home Federal Bank and Dakotah Bank until her retirement in March of 2016.

LaVonne enjoyed their yearly trips to Door County, WI and Nisswa, MN. She took great joy in flower gardening and hosting holiday gatherings for her large Grassel family. LaVonne was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she served on Altar Guild and other committees. In addition, she was a member of Sioux Falls Rotary West and SME.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Terry; her Shelties, Shadow, Ollie and Flash; Terry's siblings and their spouses, Tim Grassel and his wife, Jan, Joan Helling, Rita Trebil and her husband, Doug, Connie Ruml and her husband, Ken, Ed Grassel and his wife, Laurie, Pat Grassel, Ann Grassel, Lisa Licht, Barb Nebelsick and her husband, Gary, Joe Grassel and his wife, Diane, Marlys Sears, Todd Grassel and his wife, Maggie, Lori McFarland and her husband, Jace; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents; her uncle, Paul Kjolstad; her aunt, Eliza Haugan; her mother and father-in-law, Loretta and Francis Grassel; and a brother-in-law, David Grassel.

LaVonne's family would like to extend a special thank you to all the Avera McKennan ICU doctors and nurses as well as the staff at Avera Dougherty Hospice House for their kind and loving care of their dear Vonnie.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in LaVonne's memory to the Sioux Falls Humane Society or the Avera Dougherty Hospice House. Online guestbook at
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 27, 2016
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