Lavel A. Heitschmidt (1933-2017)

Lavel A. Heitschmidt, 83, a long-time resident of Holyrood, died, Thursday, Feb. 16 at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Kan.  

She was born Feb. 27, 1933 in Frederick, Kan. to Herman and Clara (Mehl) Russell. She grew up in Lorraine, Kan., and Kansas City, Kan.

On Aug. 19, 1951, she was married to Bobby Heitschmidt in Holyrood, Kan. He preceded her in death in 2002.

She was a graduate of Argentine High School, Kansas City, Kan. in 1951 and Sterling College in 1967.

Lavel was a board member for USD 328 from 1974-1981 and served as its first female president.  She was the first female Ellsworth County Commissioner and served from 2002-2006.  She coordinated the Holyrood Community Scholarship and the Ellsworth County spelling bee.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.

Lavel is survived by three children, Donnetta (Mark) Suchon of Seabrook, Texas, Todd (Rae) Heitschmidt of Marion, Kan., and Tony (Robyn) Heitschmidt of Bushton; seven grandchildren, Alexandra Suchon of Victoria, Texas, Dustin Suchon of Seabrook, Texas, Tim (Sarah) Garth of Abilene, Kan., Ashley Garth of McFarland, Kan., Christian (Michaela) Heitschmidt of Holyrood, Ty Heitschmidt of Holyrood, and Trey Heitschmidt of Fort Collins, Colo.; and three great-grandchildren, Luke, Kaden, and Kinley.  

Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with family receiving friends from 1-4 p.m.

Celebration of life is at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood. Burial will follow in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.  

Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

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