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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Vonnalyne “Vonnie” Volk

A Mass of Christian Burial for Vonnalyne “Vonnie” Volk, age 88, of Windom, formerly of Heron Lake, will be held Saturday, July 8th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom, with Father Pratap celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Heron Lake.

A time of visitation and gathering will be held on Friday, July 7th from 5:00~7:00 PM, with a rosary prayer service at 7:00 PM, at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Visitation will continue Saturday, July 8th, for one-hour prior to the service, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom.

The funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church website.

Vonnie Volk passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 29th at the Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial in Windom.

Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Vonnie may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

Vonnalyne “Vonnie” Theresa Volk was born on August 31, 1934, to Albert and Aileen (Riordan) Lutterman, in Windom, Minnesota. At a young age, she was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Vonnie was the sister to six siblings, Karen, Donald, Gary, Sandy, Robert, and Kathy.

In her early childhood the family lived in Sibley, Iowa. The family then moved to California during the war years, where Vonnie attended school and worked at IBM. She returned to her hometown of Windom in her 20’s, working in various professional offices and waitressing.

Herman and Vonnie were united in marriage at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom. They made their home in Heron Lake for 45 years. Vonnie and Herman raised their family of six, while she remained at home caring for the family and helping Herman with his business, Volk Farm Drainage. Later, Vonnie helped Kathi and Tami with daycare. She was happiest watching her kids, grands and great-grandchildren grow up and she was bursting with pride for each of them. Vonnie had a great sense of humor, and when the kids would play pranks and jokes, she would shake her head, and with a chuckle, declare, “Oh, you got me!”

Homemaking was Vonnie’s passion, and she ensured her home was bright, clean, and decorated beautifully for all who entered. She loved her family and enjoyed holidays and special events, as a time to reunite. She loved preparing her home with festive décor, great food, and spirits. The family would laugh and banter into the early morning hours. At Christmas, people would drive from miles around to witness the Volk house in all its glory. Everything would be decorated lovely on the inside, and the outside would be full of glistening lights that Hermie put up for her each year.

Vonnie loved gardening and flowers, namely, yellow roses and anything else that would blossom into beauty throughout the year. You could often find her sitting on her patio adorned with flowerpots or by a blazing fire. She enjoyed camping at Talcott Lake with friends from Heron Lake and traveling to many destinations to sightsee with the family. Vonnie loved spending time at the Riordan family farm in Windom and it was one of her favorite places. She especially enjoyed meals with everyone at the large family harvest table.

Vonnie will be remembered for her love of God’s creation, beautiful flowers, home decorating, especially for Christmas, her Irish heritage, including shamrocks and music, and most of all she cherished family and family celebrations.

On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, Vonnie was greeted by angels and loved ones who have passed, with outstretched arms to bring her home to her heavenly Father. Vonnie passed away at the Good Samaritan Society- Sogge Memorial, where she had been a resident for about 15 months.

Left to cherish Vonnie’s memory are her children, Timary (Stuart) Rossow of Windom, Tim (Dawn) Volk of Mound, Tom (Norma) Volk of Brewster, Todd Volk of Dundee, Troy Volk of Chanhassen, and Trista Byers of Queen Creek, AZ; 22 grandchildren, Ryan(Sarah) Rossow, Preston (Brandi) Rossow, Tiana (Mark) O’Connor, Sarina (Josh) DeFrang, Tyson Volk, Tehya Byers, Rowen Byers, Nashoba Byers, Aiyana Byers, Sage Byers, Jess Volk, Derek Volk, Brooke Volk, Tara Corley, Sommer Volk, Perris Volk, Vanessa Balderas, Veronica Balderas, Betsy (Brian) Froderman, Susan (Jon) Dietrich, Laura (Adrian) Magana, and Sadie (Jathan) Robinson; 21 great-grandchildren, Avery, Landry, Carter, Alex, Isabel, Fiona, Trenton, Rya, Andrew, Willow, Elijah, Remy, Grace, Justice, Truen, Charity, Courage, William, Levi, Ander and Vera; three siblings, Karen Darnell of Austin, TX, Robert (Carol) Lutterman of Westchester, PA, and Laurel “Kathi” (Dennis) Purrington of Windom; sisters-in-law, Mavis Lutterman of Gaylord, and Joann Lutterman of Antioch, CA; as well as many other dear relatives and friends.

Vonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Volk; parents, Albert and Aileen Lutterman; siblings, Gary Lutterman, Donald Lutterman, and Sandra (Richard) Balling. Vonnie enjoyed all the beautiful colors of nature, so in her memory, please help us celebrate her life and love for color, by wearing your favorite color(s) to her visitation and funeral mass.

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