Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 1, 2014

LaVonne M. Casselman

TRAVERSE CITY — LaVonne Marie Casselman, 85, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Buckley. LaVonne was born on Nov. 29, 1928, in Flint, Mich., to the late Harley and Emma (Patzwall) Beckner. She was married to Russell H. Casselman on April 29, 1953. He preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1978.

LaVonne had been employed as a surgical clerk with Hurley Medical Center until her retirement in 1979. She moved to Buckley in 1997. She was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church. Among her interests LaVonne loved to travel. She made many trips aboard, including two trips to the Holy Land. Her greatest love was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

LaVonne is survived by two sons and a daughter, William (Leslie) Casselman, Russell (Anita) Casselman and Lynn (Rob) West; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Scott) Hinkley, Joshua (Erin) Casselman, Jason Casselman, Daniel Casselman, Caleb (fiancée Pepa) Casselman, Hannah Casselman, Ryan (Jennifer) West, Justin (Katie) West and Scott West. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; a sister, Erma Rose; and a brother, Kenneth Beckner.

LaVonne’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Grand Traverse Area Commission on Aging for all their help and support.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service honoring LaVonne will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at Bible Baptist Church, 1915 Cass Road, Traverse City, with visiting one hour prior to the service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorial donations to the Grand Traverse Area Commission on Aging. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with LaVonne’s family at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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