LaVonne Gamble, age 83, of Oak Grove passed away Nov. 8, 2021. Funeral service 11:00 AM Friday, Nov. 12th at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1450 237th Ave NE, East Bethel. Visitation one hour prior at church.
LaVonne Marie Lombard was born March 27, 1938 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota to Roy & Irmgaard (Burmeister) Lombard. She grew up in Columbia Heights until her parents purchased a resort on Trout Lake near Manhattan Beach. She went to Pequot Elementary school, and then moved back to Columbia Heights where she graduated from Columbia Heights High School in 1956. While she was working at Prudential Insurance she met Ralph H. Gamble and they married on May 1, 1965. Their first home was in South Minneapolis. In 1978 they moved to Oak Grove, where they enjoyed life and raising their family. She sold Tupperware while raising her children, until they were all in school. She then worked for the St. Francis Police Department as a secretary and then landed a job at Anoka County Court Administration as a Clerk of Court, from where she retired in 2001. They were very fortunate to enjoy many of their retirement days at their cabin.
LaVonne passed away November 8, 2021 at Meadows at Fairview in Wyoming, Minnesota at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 12 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy & Irmgaard Lombard; godmother, Dorothea A. Kraus; sister, Barbara (Ray) Creekmore; brothers, James, Dale (Kazue), Richard, John (Cheryl) & Gregory Lombard; and niece, Janet Lombard-Beahen.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Ralph; son, Kenneth (Teresa) Gamble; daughters, Laura (Mike) Schuster & Theresa Gamble; grandchildren, Megan (Jonathan), Cassandra, Andrew, Sarah, Kira and David (Angie); great grandsons, Bjorn, Austin and Dalton; sisters-in-law, Muriel & Lynn; cousin, Dorothea B. Kraus; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.