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LaVon (Miller) Smith

September 28, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - LaVon (Miller) Smith, 72, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the New Ulm Medical Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Tony Hesse celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.

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LaVon is survived by her daughters, Roxanne and Leo Fleck of New Ulm; Loralyn and John Gareis of Maple Lake; sons, Steven and Brian Smith of Santan Valley, Ariz., Curtis and Kristen Smith of Elk River, Cullan and Deb Smith of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandchildren, Jenny and Jason Bejarano, Joe Fleck, Justin and Crystal Fleck, Josh and Angie Gareis, Brandon and Stacy Gareis, Christopher and Jennifer Gareis, Samantha Gareis, Jennifer (Sondag) Gareis, Sophia Smith, Audrey Smith, Caden Smith, Melissa and Demone Pettis, Michael and Natasha; great-grandchildren, Quinton Wurtzberger, Brook, Kayleigh and Hunter Bejarano, Matthew Kiecker, Mason and Kaydn Fleck, Ryan, Matthew and Evan Gareis, Damien and Zoey Gareis, Nathan Gareis, Elijah, Donovan and Caliah Pettis, Jaylynn and Jaycee Stumpf; sisters, Linda and Ron Bolduan of New Ulm, Diane Meidl of Sauk Center, Marcia White of New Ulm; a sister-in-law, Joan Smith of Watertown, Wis.; and by a brother-in-law, Harry Schooley of Terra Haute, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley Smith on Nov. 25, 2007; a great-granddaughter, Angel Gareis; a sister, Sandra Miller; and by her brothers, James, Mike, Gerald and Wallace Miller.

LaVon Doris Miller was born Feb. 21, 1940 in New Ulm to Leo and Anna (Schmit) Miller, She attended St. Mary's Grade School and was a 1958 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. LaVon was united in marriage to Wesley Smith on Dec. 31, 1960 at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wis.. They moved to New Ulm. She was employed at the Lafayette Good Samaritan Center in Lafayette and then as a SIL counselor for HSI.

Lavon enjoyed horseback riding, Harley riding, dancing, reading and traveling. She was involved in many National Guard activities for 27 years and any activity that involved her super great family that she was blessed with.

She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to New Ulm Hospice.



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