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LaVonne "Vonnie" Vik

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LaVonne "Vonnie" Vik

LaVonne "Vonnie" Gayle Vik, 82, of Sioux Falls, died peacefully under Hospice care in her home on Sunday, November 29, 2015. She was surrounded by her family who loved her so dearly.

Funeral services will begin at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please direct memorials to Project Warm-Up via the Sioux Falls School District and/or the .

LaVonne Gayle Bitzer was born on September, 29, 1933 to Harold and Elma (Glanzman) Bitzer in Faulkton, SD. She grew up in Tolstoy, SD and graduated from Hoven High School. She graduated from Northern State Teachers College and taught kindergarten thru 8th grade in a one-room rural school house north of Tolstoy. Later she taught 3rd grade in the Aberdeen School District, where she met her future husband, Philip Vik. They were united in marriage on August 19, 1961 in Tolstoy. The couple moved to Sisseton where she taught 2nd grade before beginning their family. They were blessed with four children: Mike, Todd, Tammy, and Lisa.

The family spent time in Sioux Falls, Watertown, Aberdeen, and Roseville, MN, before settling in Vermillion, SD for 31 years. After retiring, LaVonne and Philip returned to Sioux Falls in 2006 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

When she was younger, Vonnie enjoyed ice skating and league bowling. She spent many hours of fun playing card games, Chinese Checkers, Scrabble and doing her daily word Jumble. She was a lover of all music, especially Christmas carols. She was a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins and loved watching them play on TV and especially in person. She delighted in reading stories to her grandchildren.

Vonnie is survived by her husband of 54 years, Philip Vik, Sioux Falls; son Mike Vik, Sioux Falls; son Todd (Tracy) Vik, Canton; daughter Tammy Vik, Sioux Falls; daughter Lisa Vik (Troy Garrett), Sioux Falls; granddaughter Kaitlin Vik, Honolulu, HI; grandson Spencer Young, Philip, SD; granddaughter Haley Vik, Sioux Falls; granddaughter Ali Young, Sioux Falls; sister-in-law Phyllis Swanson, Northfield, MN; brother-in-law, Derall LaGrange, Ramsey, MN; and several nieces and nephews. They are all so grateful for having shared in her love, humor, and life.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Vincent and his wife Mary, as well as many in-laws.


Published in The Argus Leader on Dec. 2, 2015
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