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LaVonne F. (Frana) Prochaska

1942 ~ 2018 (age 76)
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LaVonne Frances Frana Prochaska daughter of Alice and Raymond, the oldest of six children, was born in Northeast Iowa March of 1942.

LaVonne passed away in her home on Sunday September 2nd 2018 surrounded by her loved ones.  She was preceded in death by three sons; infant James, Jason James and James Harold.  Survivors include her husband James, daughter and son-in-law, Frana and Dzevat “Jack” Beciri, and grandson Vael.  Visitation will be held at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, on Thursday, September 6th from 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Ambrose, Milan on Friday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m.  Immediately following burial services in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois a luncheon will be served at Jim’s Knoxville Tap in Milan.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Saint Ambrose Parish, Milan and/or Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island.

LaVonne graduated from Marycrest College with her BSN in nursing.  She received her Master’s in public health administration from Western Illinois University.  She worked for three years as an ER nurse at Lutheran hospital.   She then became the Director of Nursing at Rock Island County Health Department where eventually she retired.   She developed the Woman’s Health Clinic, W.I.C., H.I.V. prevention and education programs for Rock Island County.   She was a fearless advocate of community health and life long volunteer for Red Cross.  Her legacy includes establishing local Hospice and home health programs.

She was a spiritual pillar and President of the Legion of Mary at Saint Ambrose Parish.  She was blessed with 12 loving Godchildren.  She instilled gratitude and demonstrated grace in us all.   Her resilience and ability to see the good in everyone around her positivity influenced every life she touched.


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