Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 8, 2013

LaVonne Jean Girardin Died June 5, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — LaVonne J. Girardin, 60, of Traverse City, died early Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013, at Munson Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family. She courageously battled cancer for nine years and never stopped giving of herself in love, cheerfulness and caring.

Born Oct. 6, 1952, in Anoka, Minn., she was the adopted daughter of the late Frank and Lillian (Klapp) Makin. On April 7, 1984, in Shelby, she married the love of her life, Mark Allan Girardin.

She will be remembered for her extreme happiness, nurturing and forgiving ways and her ability to be a good listener. She was very family oriented and loved frequent family gatherings. She thoroughly enjoyed her role as a wife, mother and grandmother. LaVonne was a kind, gentle, giving person who was loved and highly respected. She was always dispensing sunshine and joy.

LaVonne will be fondly remembered for wearing beautiful, fancy scarves and her Coco Chanel perfume.

She is survived by her husband, Mark A. Girardin, of Traverse City; children, Stephanie (Scott) Sherman, of Hart, Amber Joy (Martin) Tuchbaum, of Interlochen, and Michael Girardin, of Interlochen; four adorable grandchildren, Sydney and Shay Sherman and Taylor and Traverse Tuchbaum; sisters, Kristi Archer, of Niles, Sanda (Montie) Harvel, of Shelby, and Gail Wurtz, of Norton Shores; along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home today, June 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Christopher Lane will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice House. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home.

Thank you for keeping the Girardin family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.