LaVonne J. Pickner
Funeral services for LaVonne J. Pickner, 84, of Mitchell, SD will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Pukwana Lutheran Church in Pukwana, SD with burial in the Pukwana Cemetery at Pukwana. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm with family present at the Hickey Funeral Chapel in Chamberlain. Memorials may be directed to the Pukwana Lutheran Church, PO Box 77, Pukwana, SD or Pukwana Cemetery, 34947 249th St, Pukwana, SD 57370. LaVonne passed away on November 28, 2017 at Avera Brady Healthcare in Mitchell, SD at the age of 84 years. LaVonne Johannah Hoelker was born September 1, 1933 at Pukwana, SD to John and Ina (Johnson) Hoelker. She attended most of her schooling in Pukwana. Her family moved to Missouri and graduated from high school in Missouri. LaVonne began her career with Bell Telephone Company working in various locations across the midwest and on December 6, 1985 retired after 34 years. She made her home in Poplar Bluff, MO until 1993 when she moved to Pukwana, SD. On October 2, 1993, LaVonne was united in marriage to Merle Pickner at Chamberlain. They lived on a small acreage near Pukwana for several years before moving to Mitchell where they lived for the past 20 years. She loved the peacefulness of being outside and tending to her flower garden. Gratefully sharing her life are her husband Merle Pickner of Mitchell; two sons Kevin Pickner of Onida, SD, and Steven Pickner of Henderson, NV; four daughters Susan (Brad) Landon of Granbury, TX, Patti (Bill) Fuchs of Pierre, SD, Linda Kennel of Baker, MT, and Ellen (Dale) Goettsch of Burnsville, MN; 17 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and a special niece Jean (John) Lytle of CO. Preceding her in death were her parents; son-inlaw Marty Kennel; her brothers Wilbur, Emil, John, Martin, and Frank; and her sisters Velma, Mary, and Ruth.