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LaVonne Schalla 12/03/2019

LaVonne Schalla 12/03/2019

LaVonne K. Schalla, age 89, died on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Pioneer Health & Rehab in Prairie Farm, WI. She was born the daughter of Melvin and Flossie Knutson on February 14, 1930 in Eau Claire, WI. LaVonne grew up in Eau Claire graduating from Eau Claire High School. She married William Schalla on March 19, 1949 in Eau Claire. They lived in Knapp before moving to New Richmond in the early 1950s. Lavonne was a homemaker, raising her family on the family farm. She also worked at multiple locations; Driscoll Pharmacy, Wayne’s Pharmacy, and Farm and Home in New Richmond. Lavonne loved to sing, garden, and spend time with her family. She was an outgoing, funny, spitfire who loved making new friends. Lavonne is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Flossie Knutson; husband, William Schalla; grandson, Bill Schalla III; and brother, Russell (Virginia) Knutson. She is survived by her children, Jackie (Maurice) Alexander, Rita (John) Schalla-Thilgen, and Bill (Becky) Schalla II; grandchildren, Amy Hayes, Bettijo Alexander, Johnny Alexander, Mindi (Jason) Long, Branden (Judie) Running, Daniel (Rochelle) Alexander, Jason (Nikki) Driscoll, Tom (Jackie) Driscoll, Bill (Amy) Schalla IV, Audrey (Mike) Schalla-Pich; 26 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11 am at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI.  Visitation was held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 4-8 pm and on Friday from 10-11 am at the funeral home.  Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Knapp, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Lance & Brenda Squires Posted December 4, 2019 3:59 pm

    We loved La Vonne! She was a spark at every gathering and her laugh was incredibly infectious. She was the sweetest woman you’d ever hope to meet and always a pleasure to be around. She’ll be missed. Our condolences to the entire Schalla family.

  • Sharon Gingras Posted December 5, 2019 6:07 pm

    I had the great opportunity of working with LaVonne at Wayne’s Pharmacy. She was always a ray of sunshine — perky and bright with her black hair piled on top of her head in a bun. Her laughter was infectious and came easily, making it a fun and very pleasant work day. It was my pleasure to know her. My sincere sympathy to all of the Schalla family. Rest in Peace dear lady.

  • Diana (Shilts) Valentine Posted December 6, 2019 7:26 pm

    LaVonne was a woman who could make anyone laugh no matter what mood they were in. I so loved working with her in Farm and Home days. She was the most sweetest and loving woman you could have for a friend. Even though I hadn’t seen her in quite a while, her personality will be forever remembered. My sincere sympathy to ya’ll! Praying for comfort.

  • Renee Peabody Posted December 6, 2019 8:00 pm

    I loved working with LaVonne at Farm and Home. There was never a dull moment. She was truly a sweet and caring lady and made everyone who came in contract with her feel very special. My deepest sympathy to the entire Schalla family.

  • Lynn Peterson Posted December 7, 2019 4:39 pm

    I’m just reading here today that LaVonne died- I am so sorry to hear and to have missed her service and expressing my condolences to her dear family.
    Along with Sharon, I worked with LaVonne at Wayne’s Pharmacy. She was a DarlinJoytoBehold! She tottered around all day in very high heels, full make up and high updoo. She laughed so hard at we silly young things and made us all feel special and cute.
    She was the special one ! What a joy. We celebrate her life and grieve your loss.

  • Jill (McConville) Lyksett Posted December 11, 2019 4:18 pm

    I worked with LaVonne at Farm & Home 1985-1987. Every time I would see her after that, she remembered me and would call me Sweetie or Dear (I know she did that to everyone–that’s one of the things I loved about her). She always made me and everyone around her feel special. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  • Bill sitz Posted December 15, 2019 5:08 pm

    So sorry to hear ,she was a very special lady , one of a kind (unfortunately) , she always had a smile and a laugh , have so many great memories with her and Bill when I was a kid, she will be missed by many, condolences to her family

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