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Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Lavonne Mae Bruxvoort

September 13, 1935May 12, 2020
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Lavonne (Vonnie) Mae Tiemens was born in the middle of the dust bowl on September 13, 1935, to Herman and Lola Tiemens. She was raised on a farm in Harrison, South Dakota. At a very young age, she began milking cows and helping with farm chores. Vonnie and her younger sister, Minnie attended a one-room school house until she finished 8th grade. She had to quit school to work on the farm because of her dad's health: driving a tractor and milking cows. The work was very hard for a young lady. Vonnie’s dad, Herman, struggled with asthma and emphysema, so they later moved to Denver to improve his health. Vonnie met Brandt in the Young People’s Society at 2 nd Christian Reformed Church. They married in October of 1955, when Vonnie was 19. The following year, their first daughter, Denise, was born. Then along came two more daughters: Gwen and Betty. Vonnie was very neat; her house was always tidy. It was a toss-up between Vonnie and Brandt who was more organized. Their daughters remember things always being fair. Dinner was promptly at five o’clock each day. Because Vonnie never had the opportunity to play any musical instrument or swim, she made sure the girls were given those opportunities and many more. When the girls were in high school, Vonnie went to work at JC Penny, doing clerical work. Vonnie was a wonderful hostess; Brandt often called her the “hostess with the mostest." They enjoyed having friends over for meals or playing cards. Vonnie was actively involved in a variety of activities at church: Bible study, Calvinettes, kitchen committee, greeter, and volunteering in the gift shop in the Christian Living Community. Vonnie was devoted to God, her husband, and her family. The grandchildren loved going to their grandparents’ house. Their Grandma B made the best meals. You knew there would be a great meal and lots of laughter. The grandchildren loved to play cards or games as a family. Vonnie loved her family and her family cherished her. Vonnie passed away Tuesday May 12, 2020. Her husband Brandt passed away in February of 2019. She was a strong, independent, and lovable wife, mother, grandma, and friend. She will be missed by all. We love you, Grandma B. Vonnie will be dearly missed by her daughters, Gwen (Don) Lenderink and Betty (Dan) Alsum; son-in-law, Dann (Denise) Van Houw; 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Brandt; her daughter, Denise Van Houw; and her sister, Minnie De Vries.

Visitation for Vonnie will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 6pm until 8pm at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary. Due to current County restrictions, no more than 10 guests may be permitted at one time. It is requested that guests remain in their vehicles until invited in by the family to allow proper cleaning and sanitation between guests.

Private family services will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill Cemetery on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Please leave a memory or a message of condolence for the family at www.olingerchapelhill.com

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Talking Bibles International, 419 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 or www.talkingbibles.org

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Dori Kats

May 21, 2020

Our sympathy to all of you in the loss of Vonnie. She was such a special lady, always kind and gracious. Will miss her at church.

Love & prayers,
Gail & Dori Kats

Dori Kats

May 21, 2020

Our sympathy to all of you in the loss of Vonnie. She was such a special lady, always kind and gracious. Will miss her at church.

Love & prayers,
Gail & Dori Kats

Marilyn Borger

May 19, 2020

My sympathy to Gwen & Betty and families. Was so shocked to hear about your mother, as I just talked to her when she first moved in the Living Center. God's blessing of comfort in the days ahead. Marilyn Borger



Barbara Alger

May 18, 2020

We join all of you in mourning the loss of someone so special. Vonnie and Brandt both were not only a joy to know, but also such examples of Christ's love and kindness. We attended the same church for decades (Hillcrest, Horizon, Connections), and considered them incredible role models and gracious servants of our Lord, no matter what the task. We always will miss both of them.

With sympathy,
Jerry and Barbara Alger

Albert and Diane Brandts

May 18, 2020

We send our sympathy to all of Vonnie's family and friends. We trust God to hold you close in this time of loss. We will always remember Vonnie as a truly gentle, kind, and caring Christian woman in our Connections Church family. She will indeed be missed! She was always willing to bring anyone a meal when you were sick. We are assured that she is now residing in her forever home with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hal & Carol Simpson

May 18, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Vonnie’s sudden passing at the time she was just beginning to enjoy her residence with friends at Clermont Park CLC. Vonnie was such a gracious, caring woman always with a beautiful, welcoming smile. Her love for the Lord and devotion to her family we’re often expressed. We will miss her presence at church and send our love and prayers to the family.

Eunice Roozenboom

May 18, 2020

Aunt Vonnie was a most giving and gracious lady! She was patient, kind hearted and loving. She opened her home many times to us when visiting in Colorado and we can testify that she was "the hostess with the mostest!! Vonnie's love for the Lord and her family was very apparent. We will miss you Aunt Vonnie but rejoice that you are now living with the Lord in heaven, a life you looked forward too!

Jeannie Landis

May 17, 2020

I am so saddened to learn of Vonnie's passing. She was a dear woman, whom I admired. She was loving, caring, and always had a hug for me. I shall surely miss her. Love to all the family.

Jeannie Landis

Johanna Anderson

May 17, 2020

I also grew up in the same South Dakota area that Vonnie did, but I didn't know her then. When my husband and I got married we rented a place right across the street from Vonnie, Brandt, and their 3 daughters. Our friendship certainly did grow over the years. We even "happened" to vacation in the same place in the summer- the Frying Pan Valley above Basalt, Colorado. My husband, Ken and I would also walk over to their house and have a cup of coffee in more recent years. After Brandt passed away, Vonnie and I continued to see one another, sometimes coffee at Starbucks or breakfast at any number of places. I always enjoyed her friendship and will miss her alot. She was excited about this new chapter in her life, living at the Clermont Park residence. Instead she gets to live with Jesus!

Jo Anderson

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