LaVon Augusta Cassidy -- Lime Springs, Iowa

LIME SPRINGS, Iowa -- The funeral service for LaVon Augusta Cassidy will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in United Methodist Church in Lime Springs, Iowa. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in rural Lime Springs.

Mrs. Cassidy, 86, of Lime Springs, died Friday (May 13, 2005) at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

LaVon Raecker was born May 17, 1918, in Garrison, Iowa. She lived in several Iowa communities while growing up and graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class in Dumont, Iowa. She received a bachelor's degree in music education from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in 1940, and taught vocal music for six years at schools in several Iowa communities. She then entered nursing school at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and became a registered nurse in 1949. She married Carl Bernard Cassidy on Jan. 1, 1949. Mr. Cassidy was a newspaper editor for 62 years, and they published the Lime Springs Herald and LeRoy Independent. She was a member of Lime Springs United Methodist Church, where she served as a soloist and choir director for more than 40 years; spent many years as an officer for the local and district United Methodist Women; was on the Lime Springs Library Board for many years; served as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary's Eastern Star, the Howard County Public Health Advisory Board, and J.C. Club; was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout den mother and Crestwood High School Band Booster; and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include two daughters, Carla Cassidy of Lime Springs and Maureen (David) Persinger of Gladstone, Mo.; three sons, Gregory (Debbie) of Liberal, Kan., Andrew (Cathy) of Rolla, Mo., and Kent of Minneapolis; five grandsons; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Evelyn (Ventan) Yablonski of Naperville, Ill.; and a brother, Richard (Shirley) Raecker of Waterloo, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter and a son.

Friends may call at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Lime Springs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

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