LaVonne E. Costello, age 70, of rural Wabasha, died Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at her home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born February 8, 1938, in Viola, MN, the daughter of Arthur and Clara (Siem) Hoffmann. She was a graduate of Rochester High School. She married James Costello June 16, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rochester. They lived in Rochester until moving to Sand Prairie, rural Wabasha in 1970. While in Rochester LaVonne worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and she also waitressed at restaurants there. After moving to Wabasha she worked for Gould Battery in Lake City for nine years and then worked as a seamstress for Winona Glove Factory and Country Bouquet. She then was employed by Uni-Patch in Wabasha. She also owned and operated her own upholstery business. She retired in 2002.
LaVonne enjoyed craftwork, gardening and sewing. In her earlier years she enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. She loved spending time on and near the Mississippi River.
She is survived by her husband, James Costello, Wabasha, MN, daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Barry Winningham, Jonesboro, IN, sons and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Connie Costello, Chatfield, MN, Allen Costello, Wabasha, MN, seven grandchildren, Nathan (Danielle), Colleen, and Ana Johnson, Justin and Brandi Costello and Alexander and Sarah Costello; five great-grandchildren, Cayden, Ady and Mason and Madison and Easton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Erma Mensing, Pine Island, MN, Eleanor and Jerry Tiedeman, Oronoco, MN, Betty Williams, Okabena, MN, Velma and Ray Lindstrom, Browns Valley, CA, Charlotte Wiechman, Stewartville, MN, brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard and Eunice Hoffmann, Rochester, MN, Arden and Kathy Hoffmann, Pine Island, MN, Donald and LaDonna Hoffmann, Rochester, MN, Gordon and Janet Hoffmann, Rochester, MN, Duane and Frances Hoffmann, Richfield, MN, Maynard and Karen Hoffmann, Blaine, MN, nieces and nephews. One brother, Helmuth Hoffmann, and one sister, Caroline Winter, preceded her in death.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2008, at 1:30pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Wabasha with the Reverend Barbara Knutson officiating. Casket bearers will be Darrell and Sarah Costello, Brenda and Barry Winningham, Allen Costello and Larry Costello Sr.. Following the service her body will be cremated. Friends may call at the church on Sunday one hour before the service. Personal messages may be sent to the family at www.abbottfh.com. The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements.