LaVonne Ellingson (Safe) died peacefully Nov. 23, 2019, in Stillwater, Minn., due to complications caused by Alzheimer’s disease. She was 83.

LaVonne graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. She graduated from Wisconsin State College – River Falls in 1958. She married Ken Ellingson and took her first job as a teacher in Osceola. Teaching children was a passion for LaVonne and she worked in the Osceola school system until her retirement in 1996.

Her primary passion in life was her children and grandchildren. She was a special mentor to each of them and supported them with unconditional love. Following retirement, she moved to St. Paul to be closer to her post-employment passions, volunteering for a variety of causes that she treasured.

She is survived by her five children: Mark (Kay), Brett (Alison), Gregg (Robin), Heidi West, and Todd (Beth); along with 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bradshaw, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater. A funeral service will be Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian, 500 Cedar Street, St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to her family for disbursement to LaVonne’s favorite charities. The funeral will be a celebration of life and LaVonne requested her friends and family wear bright colors in her memory.

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