Lavon Toelle

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Funeral services for Mrs. Lavon Toelle, 84 of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Doug Toelle will officiate the service.

The family will be present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, a the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Toelle passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Spencer Hospital.

Martha Lavon Toelle was born in Havelock, Ia., on Nov. 11, 1926, to John and Margaret Ralle. When Lavon was eight years of age, her parents moved to Spencer where she would live for the rest of her life. Lavon attended Spencer Public Schools, including grade school at the North School across the street from her parents' house on West 11th Street, and later graduated from Spencer High School.

Lavon worked a short time after graduating high school, until she married Charles Ray Toelle on March 28, 1946. She and Charles farmed on the family farm southwest of Spencer until their full retirement in 2006.

Among other things, Lavon was active in the Farm Bureau, the Riverton Township Worthwhile Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, served as Riverton Township Trustee, 4-H support, Spencer Garden Club, Questers and involvement in the Clay County Fair Floriculture projects. She enjoyed antique furniture refinishing, gardening, cooking, canning, walnut hardwood furniture design and creation, sewing, various crafts, and flower arranging.

Lavon enjoyed good health throughout her life, and after a brief illness, Lavon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; and son, Michael.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Doug Toelle of Houston, Texas; daughter, Patricia (Toelle) Lindsey of Leon, Ia.; grandsons: Zachary Toelle of Bell, Fla., and Kristopher Lindsey of Leon, Ia.; granddaughter, Paige (Lindsey) Stearns and her husband, Brian Stearns of Spencer, Ia.; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.