Lavine Donnelly

JEFFERSON — Lavine H. Donnelly, 95, of Jefferson, died on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Sunset Ridge in Jefferson.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1924, in Maiden Rock, the daughter of the late Elles and Elizabeth (Reitz) Carlson.

Following high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Army WAC and was stationed at San Francisco. She was honorably discharged in 1945.

Lavine married Gail Donnelly on Jan. 7, 1947, at Elmwood. He died on Oct. 16, 1995.

She was a member of the Post #67 of the American Legion in Lake Mills.

Lavine enjoyed gardening, gambling, senior trips, playing cards at the senior center and playing euchre with the traveling tavern league.

Survivors include her three sons, Thomas (Chris) Donnelly of Jefferson, Joseph (Teena) Donnelly of Johnson Creek and Duane (Gina) Donnelly of Neshkoro; six daughters, Bonnie (John) Wetter of Beloit, Barbara Dehnert, Patricia (Thomas) Kitsembel, all of Jefferson, Kathleen Berg of Janesville, Wanda (Bruce) Dobratz of Lake Mills and Wendy Donnelly of Jefferson; one daughter-in-law, Tari Donnelly of Madison; one sister, Phyllis Folkert of Rochester, Minn.; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Faye Lutz; son, William Donnelly; sons-in-law, Roger Dehnert, David Berg and William Lutz; sister, Margaret Brandt; brother, Robert Carlson; and grandchildren, Christopher Berg, Dyllon Baker and Michelle Gfrorer.

Due to the current pandemic, private family graveside services will be held.

Burial will be in Rock Lake Cemetery.

If desired, memorials would be appreciated to Rainbow Hospice Care of Jefferson.

Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills is assisting with arrangements.

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