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LaVonne Ann Beyer


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LaVonne Ann Beyer Obituary
March 24, 1925 - October 12, 2017 LaVonne was born on March 24, 1925 in Spirit Lake, IA to Florence (Mulvey) and (George) Harold Schafer. In 1942, she graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA, where her parents wintered as Iowa "snowbirds. After high school, she attended junior college before marrying Gerald ("Gerry") Beyer in June 1943. Shortly thereafter, they spent the last years of World War II in Florida while Gerry served in the US Navy. They returned to Sheldon, IA after the war where they ran a small municipal airport until 1951 when they moved the family to Chicago after Gerry joined United Airlines. In 1954, they moved permanently to Woodland Hills. LaVonne and Gerry were married 67 years before Gerry passed away in early 2011. For the first ten years of her marriage, LaVonne was a homemaker raising their three children, born in 1944, 1949 and 1953. After moving to Woodland Hills, she pursued her life-long passion for higher education, attending night school earning her bachelor's degree and then a master's degree, both from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In 1984, she culminated her education with an Ed.D from the University of Southern California. She had a long and successful career in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), teaching 5th grade for many years before focusing on special education. She retired from the LAUSD soon after surviving breast cancer. Still, she was active mentoring and teaching reading. She also endowed a small graduate scholarship fund at CSUN. LaVonne's second life-long passion was music, especially piano and voice: she loved to sing! She also loved playing bridge, cooking and entertaining, traveling, and decorating (and redecorating!) as they traveled among homes in Woodland Hills, Lake Arrowhead, and restoring an old farmhouse in Vermont, leaving homemade cookies in its freezer for her grandsons to enjoy when they visited. She remembered special occasions with cards and remembrances and was a true "Hallmark Delight." LaVonne is survived by her son Gregg (Diane Lasichak), son Douglas Beijer (Connie, pre-deceased), daughter Jodie (Brian Francis), grandsons Michael (Kimberly) and Stefan, and great grand-daughter Alexa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Allan Schafer. Interment will be at a private family service at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made to the LaVonne Beyer Graduate Scholarship Endowment at the Eisner College of Education, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 19 to Oct. 22, 2017
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