(The following obituary was submitted by Guilford Funeral Home in Guilford, CT.)
LaVonne S. Nygren, 88, passed away on 27 March in the Health Center of Evergreen Woods Residential Community in North Branford, Connecticut. She had resided there the past ten years. A Hopkins native, she and her late husband, Carlton, co-owned Nygren’s Ladies Apparel with his parents.
A graduate of Hopkins High School, she was the daughter of Rose Lukas and Thorvald Skottegard, who operated a Danish bakery in Hopkins.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Douglas Nygren and Susan Nichols, of Guilford, Connecticut; grandchildren: Rebecca of San Diego; Victoria of Brooklyn, New York; and Laura of Utrecht, Holland; as well as cousins Gig Ginkel of Edina, Nancy Petersen of Minnetonka, Sherri Manick and her father Kenneth Manick, M.D., of Edina. Her cousin and life-long friend, Jane Manick, passed away two years ago.
Besides being involved in the family business, Mrs. Nygren was an avid pianist, organist, and painter. She and her cousin Jane shared a love of painting. In her retirement community, Mrs. Nygren astonished friends, staff and fellow residents in sing alongs with her knowledge of nearly all the lyrics to songs from the 1920s through the 1970s.
Internment was on Monday, 2 April, in North Guilford Cemetery, Guilford, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Edina Arts Center, Attn: Michael Frey, 4701 W 64th Street, Edina, MN 55435. Arrangements in care of the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford, CT. For more information please visit www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com.