The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 23, 2013

LaVonne Mae Espeland

— Funeral services for LaVonne Mae Espeland, age 70, of Waseca will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Winnebago, MN.  The Rev. William Sabol will officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Winnebago. Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home in Albert Lea, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.  Online condolences are welcome at

 LaVonne died on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the New Richland Care Center.

 LaVonne Mae Espeland was born on August 6, 1942, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Harley V. and Doris L. (Sandess) Norby. She grew up in Freeborn and graduated from high school there. On August 19, 1973, LaVonne was united in marriage to Marlyn Espeland. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, crafting, and doing puzzles.  Blessed be her memory.

 Survivors include her children Kimberly Clark of Brainerd, Karen (Lewis) Villarreal of Boling, TX, William K. Clark of Waite Park, MN, and Tony (Kerri) Espeland of Aitkin, MN; grandchildren Samuel Clark, Taci Villarreal, Rebecca Clark, Vincent Clark, Tony Villarreal, Michael Espeland, Mickija Haugen, Hunter Haugen, Naomi Steffes, and William "BJ" King; sisters Jeanette Fell of Waseca and Sandra Norby of Hartland; and her niece Annette O'Brien.

 LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband Marlyn Espeland, her parents Harley and Doris Norby, her former husband William "Bill" Clark, and her daughter-in-law Gwen Clark, and brothers-in-law Dale Schlicht and Charlie Fell.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or the Hope House in Rochester in memory of LaVonne.