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Lavonne Lucille Sandersfeld

July 1, 1937 — November 19, 2023



Williamsburg-Lavonne Lucille Sandersfeld was born July 1, 1937, on the family farm in Sibley Township, Sibley County near Gaylord, Minnesota, the daughter of Herbert and Adella (Laabs) Spiering.    She was baptized on July 11, 1937, and confirmed in March of 1951, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. Winter.  She graduated from Gaylord High School in 1955, Concordia College in St. Paul, MN in 1957, and Concordia Teachers College in Seward, NE in 1963.

She began her teaching career in 1957 at St. John Lutheran School in Lincoln Township, Iowa County, Iowa.  Lavonne was united in marriage to Dennis Arnold Sandersfeld on July 9, 1960, in Gaylord, MN.  Lavonne then taught at St. Paul Lutheran School in Williamsburg, which later became Lutheran Interparish School until her retirement in 2000.  She continued teaching fifth graders Iowa History at L.I.S. for many years.

After retirement Dennis and Lavonne wintered in Punta Gorda, Florida at Paradise Park.  She was the kitchen supervisor at the park.  She and Dennis were active members of the WBCCI Airstream Club and traveled to many rallies throughout the United States and Canada.  She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, a women’s teacher organization; Iowa County Historical Society, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Women’s Guild.  She loved to read and served on the Williamsburg Library Board.  She loved all types of history, especially Bible and Iowa history, flower gardening, playing cards, cooking and collecting cookbooks. Lavonne passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the English Valley Care Center in North English at the age of 86 years.

She is survived by her nephew, Rev. John (Dacia) Reinke; her niece, Wanda (Jeffrey) Paine; great nephews, Rev. Joshua (Tristan) Reinke, Joseph Reinke, William Paine and Thomas Paine; great nieces, Amanda Paine and Rebecca (Lucas) Sing; great -great nieces, Aquilla, Talitha and Sapphira Reinke, Maren Sing; great-great nephew, Holden Sing; sister-in-law, Audrey (Doug) Foubert; nephews-in-law, Scott, Jason and Jeremy Foubert and special friends, Karen and Dick Wichmann and Pat and Larry Dellamuth.

Lavonne was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis in 2011, sister Charleen Reinke, great nephew Caleb Reinke and a nephew-in-law Nathan Foubert.

Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 am on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Williamsburg. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg.  In lieu of flowers a memorial may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Lutheran Interparish School.  Messages and tributes may be directed to

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Powell Funeral Home-Williamsburg

407 North Highland St., Williamsburg, IA 52361

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

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