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LaVonne Kruschwitz

LaVonne Kruschwitz, 74, of Nevada passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at her home.

Private family burial was in Sheller Cemetery near Wellsburg. A public memorial service will be held at a later time with the date to be announced.

LaVonne Marie Albin was born on Feb. 11, 1939 in Ottumwa, daughter of Rev. Charles and Ica (Vought) Albin. She lived the first 13 years of her life in Ottumwa and then moved with her family to rural Grundy County, where her father became the pastor of Ivester Church of the Brethren. She continued her education in the Eldora school district graduating in 1957. Following high school she spent two years in McPherson, Kan., going to McPherson College. She married Forrest Kruschwitz on June 27, 1959, at Ivester Church of the Brethren in rural Grundy County.

LaVonne spent most of her years as a dedicated and faithful homemaker. She was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church in Ames. She had a passion for sewing, biking, crocheting and had a great love for her family (especially her grandchildren). She will be remembered for her warm smile and contagious laugh.

Left to cherish her memory is her spouse: Forrest Kruschwitz; children: Kevin (Beth) Kruschwitz of Nevada and Kristine (Andy) Smith of Omaha, Neb. Grandchildren: Brittney, Lexi, Kaylee and Kody Kruschwitz, Blaize and Sarah Smith; siblings: Kathleen (Jerry) Waterman of Marshalltown and Robert (Kathy) Albin of West Des Moines. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Wes Albin.

Memorial contributions may be directed in LaVonne’s name to her family or to Saint Jude Hospice, 2900 100th Street Suite 103, Urbandale, Iowa 50322. For further information or to send a condolence please visit or call (641) 844-1234.

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