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Yvonne J. (Hoeft) Bode, 75, of Loveland, CO, passed away on February 6, 2014, at Aspen House Memory Care Assisted Living facility. She was born on March 8, 1938, in Prairie Farm, WI, (Barron County) and was preceded in death by her parents, Ranzle W. and Gladys V. (Eggen) Hoeft and by her brother, Robert "Bud" Hoeft.
Yvonne was the middle child of five siblings, Shirley, Bud, Sharon and Randy. She lived in Barron County into her teens, when her family moved to Milwaukee in search of better work opportunities.
After retiring, Yvonne moved, with her husband, to Loveland, CO in September, 2007. Unfortunately, after overcoming colon cancer, followed shortly thereafter by the loss of her husband to Lou Gehrig's disease, Yvonne was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). She lived for a few years in her home before moving to Sterling House Assisted Living facility and finally, to Aspen House.
Yvonne graduated from Milwaukee Lincoln High School in 1956. She was the first in her family to go to college, attending UW-Milwaukee for a few years until she married David H. Bode on September 19, 1959. She was married to him for 50 years.
Yvonne's dream was to finish her college degree at UW-Milwaukee. Finally, in 1986, after raising her five children, she went back to college and received her bachelor of science degree in geography. This was followed, in 1993, by a master of science degree in geography and a master of library science degree in library and information science. Her master's thesis, awarded in December 1993, was titled "The Ice Age National Scientific Reserve in Wisconsin: Objectives and Accomplishments." To gather information for her thesis, Yvonne participated in a coveted internship, in the early 1990s, in Washington, DC, for the National Geographic Society.
Due to her husband David's writing career, Yvonne moved several times with their family, first from Milwaukee to the Rockford, Illinois area and eventually back to Wisconsin.
When the kids left home, she and David bought their dream house on four acres of wooded land in Colgate. While raising her family, Yvonne worked as a librarian and eventually ended her career as an executive assistant for the College of Letters and Sciences for UW-Milwaukee. She also helped open the first library in Winnebago, IL and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years.
Yvonne enjoyed spending time with her family, participating in outdoor activities such as nature hikes, collecting rocks, touring lighthouses and investigating the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin. She enjoyed reading, knitting and sewing, traveling and going on long car rides. Yvonne enjoyed music. Her tastes ranged from Three Dog Night to Van Cliburn.
Yvonne is survived by daughters, Leslie Bode (Eric Tagge) of Denver, Denise (Jim) Lucchesi of Loveland, Lisa Bode of Portland, OR and Barbara (Tom) Jones of Portland, OR; son, David M. (Hillary) Bode of Loveland; sisters, Shirley Johnston of Rice Lake, WI and Sharon (Richard) Brogan of Eau Claire, WI; brother, Randy of Milwaukee, WI; grandchildren, Laura (Jake) Smith of Loveland, Mariah Jones and Samuel Jones of Portland, OR and Ava Bode of Loveland; great-grandsons, Jacob Smith, Jr. and Weston Smith of Loveland; and many other family members located throughout the country.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3800 Mountain Lion Drive, Loveland, CO.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. www.lbda.org.
For condolences, go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com.
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