Lavon C. Budnowski, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother
passed away peacefully in Blair, Wisconsin, on November 15, 2023, just 5 days shy of her
eightieth birthday.
She was born on November 20, 1943, to Emil and Bernice (Bjelland) Nordhus in Galesville,
Wisconsin. Lavon was a graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School and briefly attended
Concordia College. After school, she began working as a realtor exam certifier and proctor for
the state of Wisconsin. Lavon was also an office administrator for the physical therapy
department at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee and later worked in retail at the Flying J gift
shop in Black River Falls, where she maintained her social life; after moving to Hatfield to fulfill
her lifelong dream of living there with her beloved husband Ronny.
Beyond her professional life, Lavon was a woman of many interests and talents. She did
synchronized swimming in high school, and she enjoyed dancing with her husband Ron. Her
grace extended to the rink, where she was an accomplished roller skater and ice skater. She was
also a lover of all God’s creatures, especially dogs.
Lavon was the cherished wife of Ron Budnowski, to whom she was married for an incredible 58
years. Together, they raised a son, Scott Budnowski, and shared many wonderful years together.
Lavon was also a doting grandmother to four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who
were the joy of her life. Her grandchildren will always remember the ice cream and red cakes she
made for them on their birthdays.
Lavon is preceded in death by her brother, Paul Aaron Nordhus, and her beloved parents, Emil
and Bernice.
She is survived by her devoted husband; Ron Budnowski, son; Scott Budnowski, grandchildren;
Amy Budnowski, Steven Budnowski, Joseph Budnowski, Paul Budnowski, and three great-
grandchildren (Stella, Evy and Belle).
A visitation and memorial service will be held at Torgerson’s Funeral Home in Black River
Falls, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 25th. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. to be followed by
a memorial service at 12:00 p.m.
Inurnment to follow at Hatfield Cemetery in Hatfield, Wisconsin.

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