LaVonne B (Endersbe) Johnston, 98, of Ligonier passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at her home. Born August 21, 1924 in Slayton, Minnesota she was the daughter of Albert and Ida Endersbe. LaVonne grew up in Northern Minnesota (Boundary Water Area). During World War II three girlfriends and herself went down to the Twin Cities to work at Northwest Airlines; patching up airplane bombers that had been shot up by the Japanese. She met Robert Denny Johnston of Ligonier, PA while he was visiting his father on leave from the Navy. His father, Edward Johnston was one of the instructors of repair at Northwest Airlines. Edward Introduced his son Robert to LaVonne and it was love at first sight, they were 17 and 18 years old. Together for 80 years and married for 77 years. LaVonne was the second child of Albert and Ida Endersbe, her brother was born 13 years before and died at the age of one due to pneumonia. LaVonne was a strong woman with old ways; there was no questioning her boundaries; you knew where you stood in her commitment to family and country: and one to reckon with if you tried to do anyone wrong.
LaVonne was a member of Eastern Star and VFW for over Fifty years and was always active in community work. LaVonne is survived by her daughter, Kathy D. Johnston of Ligonier; three granddaughters Corby Hernandez of Daytona Beach FL. Stacy Van Sluytman of Darlington, PA and Kara Schroeder of Wyoming MN. LaVonne and Robert were very proud of their three grand children, seven great grandchildren and had a great great grandson. LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband Robert in June of this year, it was hard for her to live without him.
McCabe Funeral Home, Ligonier was in charge of arrangements. On line condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com