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LaVone Mae Svoboda

May 7, 1927 January 30, 2021
LaVone Mae Svoboda
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LaVone Mae Svoboda passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2021, at Frederic Nursing & Rehab at the age of 93.

LaVone was born May 7, 1927, to Harold and Ella Carlson in Frederic. She was united in marriage to Charlie C. Svoboda on May 17, 1946, and to this union was born the “Special 6.”After their marriage, they lived in the town of West Sweden where Chuck did custom hauling and LaVone was a homemaker.

In April of 1949, they traveled to Portage, Alaska, where they resided for 3-1/2 years, and then returned to Wisconsin in 1952 to farm in South Milltown.

As the children were growing up, she worked at Wayne’s Cafe and Alcan Manufacturing. She was a faithful member of Milltown Lutheran Church, where she also taught Sunday school. She was a wonderful cook with her specialties of hamburger and macaroni with sauce, homemade bread, chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls, and later in life would supply us many times over at holidays and special occasions with her cherry and blueberry desserts, carrot cake and wild rice hotdish, and her added bonus of mandarin orange Jell-O with Cool Whip.

In 1993, the love of her life, Chuck, passed away, and then two years later tragedy struck again when her firstborn, Jeanne, died. We soon realized how strong our mother was, facing the deaths of her husband and then her daughter and being able to carry on and transfer that strength to her children and their families.

LaVone enjoyed watching her kids, grandkids and greats in their many activities and soon became known to everyone as “Gramma Boda.” She had a love for bird-watching and would challenge anyone to a good game of cribbage or a hot dice game of 10,000.

She became a resident of Frederic Nursing & Rehab in 2015, where she made many friends and enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting with members of the staff. She always had her candy dish full to keep them in chocolate!

Many remember her as “Auntie Boney” or just plain “Boney,” but most will remember her for having to always wave goodbye or blow kisses, and her famous last words after a phone call or finishing a visit – “That’s about all I know,” and ending with, “I love you so, so, so much and tell everyone else I love them too!”

LaVone was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chuck; daughter, Jeanne Marek; and brothers, “Bud” (Alton) and “Buzzie” (Harold) Carlson; and her sister, “Snookie” (Eleanor) McKenzie.

She is survived by her sister, Elaine Lemieux of Lewis; her children, Kathy (Bob) Jacobson of Osceola, Chuck (Renee) Svoboda of Cushing, Bob (Carol) Svoboda of Centuria, Sue (LeRoy) Buck of Frederic and Jim (Linda) Svoboda of Luck; son-in-law Paul Marek of Luck; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be planned later this spring. 

You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com.  Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home, 715-327-4475 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com.

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