Lavina Loeschke, age 93, of Big Stone City, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at St. William’s Care Center in Milbank.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 18, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Tabor United Methodist Church in Big Stone City with Pastor Melanie Reiners officiating.
Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, January 17, at Mundwiler Funeral Home and will continue on Monday for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.
Casket bearers will be Lonny Loeschke, Craig Loeschke, LaWayne Loeschke, Derrick Loeschke, Chad Biever, and Adam Rademacher.
Lavina Mae Loeschke was born on December 5, 1922, in Nassau, MN, to Alex and Mary (Wirkus) Lau. She attended country school through the eighth grade. On September 15, 1942, Lavina was united in marriage with Ralph Fredrick Loeschke. To this union, three children were born. After marriage, Lavina and Ralph lived on various farmsteads before owning their own farm by Lake Albert. Although Lavina was primarily a homemaker, she also helped farm with her husband, milking cows and feeding calves.
After Ralph retired from farming, they moved to Big Stone City. Lavina was then employed for a short period of time in the kitchen of the Milbank Hospital. She also sewed and did alterations for many people. Lavina enjoyed baking bread, making lefse for the holidays, and was always ready to entertain and serve friends who dropped by. She loved animals, especially her dogs. Lavina took pleasure in gardening, canning most of her harvest, and enjoyed growing flowers all around the house. Lavina and Ralph adored square dancing in their younger years and later continued with old time dancing. They also spent many years traveling to the Minnesota State Fair in their camper.
Most important to Lavina was her family and she cherished each moment spent with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Left with her loving memory is her daughter, Glenda Loeschke of Big Stone City, SD; sons, Arlyn (Barb) Loeschke and Donavon (Cindy) Loeschke, all of Big Stone City, SD; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Evelyn (Bill) Krug of Long Beach, CA; and many nieces and nephews. Lavina was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; twin brother, Leonard, in infancy; and sister, Leone.