LaVina May Van Tassel
Monday, July 4, 1927
Date of Death:
Sunday, May 26, 2019
91 years old
LaVina May Van Tassel
LaVina “Lee” May Van Tassel, 91, of Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Samaritan Bethany Nursing Home.
Born on the Fourth of July 1927 in Nekoosa, WI, Lee Blackburn always knew she was special since none of her other friends had parades and fireworks for their birthdays. She was right.
A young soldier thought so too, and on August 27, 1946, Lee married Edward James Van Tassel in Madison, WI fresh home from the war. Over the next several years, they added four wonderful children to their lives. A few moves later, the couple finally settled in Wisconsin Rapids, WI to raise their family. In 1971, Ed and Lee moved to the Rochester/Stewartville area where they stayed the rest of their years, close to many of their children and grandchildren.
LaVina is survived by three of her children, Mark (Katie) Van Tassel of Rochester, MN, Todd Van Tassel of Rochester, MN, and Julie Gettman of Carbondale, CO; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, and many special friends and extended family.
Lee was proceeded in death by her husband, Ed; her mother, Clara; her daughter, Rita; son-in-law, Gerry; daughters-in-law, Debbie and Annette; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Ortloff officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
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Todd and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother! Sure missing seeing you Todd! I hope our paths cross this summer! You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts, Be strong Todd and forge through all of this and keep memories of mom in your head and heart. Love you Todd
I so loved your mother/grandmother, she was my surrogate mother and grandmother to my children. Thank you for sharing both of your parents with us, I will be forever great full! I love you Lee!
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in God's promise of the resurrection where we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again. (John 5:28, 29) May the God of all comfort bring you a measure of peace in this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)
My deepest condolences to Lee's family. I will miss her. She was definitely one of a kind.