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Lavonne Emily Goldfuss

10/03/1945 — 05/07/2021

Lavonne Emily Goldfuss, age 75, of Painesville, passed away May 7, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 3, 1945, in Painesville to the late Vance and Ruth Ostrander. 

Vonne loved her Savior Jesus Christ, her family, her church family, and her many friends. She enjoyed waterfalls, traveling, helping others, and “posies.”

Vonne is survived by her seven children: Laurie Rysta (Greg), Mike Goldfuss (Faith), Cindi Florit (John), John Goldfuss (Jennifer), Mark Goldfuss, Tammy van den Heuvel (Gary), and Janice Leathers (Jim); grandchildren: Abbie (Andrew) Lobach, Andrew, and Sam Rysta; Mikey, Cristi, Carissa, Matthew, Cheri, and Cara Goldfuss; Andrea and Elisa Florit; Jonathan (Jordan), Alaina, Callie, and Emily Goldfuss; Kat, Tay, and Riley Goldfuss; Jadyn, Shalyn Jordaan (Nathan), and  Kyrin van den Heuvel; and James Leathers; sister, Kae (Daniel) Lenk; sister-in-law, Lois Knoll; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 38 years, Mike Goldfuss; parents, Vance and Ruth Ostrander; brother, William Ostrander; brother-in-law, James Knoll; and two granddaughters, Crystalyn Goldfuss and Ruthie Florit.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor. The family will also receive friends 9-10 a.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Bible Community Church. Funeral to follow immediately.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060. Burial will follow at the Williams Road Cemetery off Vrooman Road in Leroy Township.

Donations may be made to Mentor Christian School, 8600 Lake Shore Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060. Flowers arranged by Flowers on Main in Painesville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Services.


  1. Elizabeth Bucci

    A great lady. A lady of spirit filled great faith. Blessed in all ways❤️An example for us all. My condolences to all.

    Elizabeth Bucci
  2. Norma Reed, South Afruca

    We’ll miss Grammy’s visits and her beauty (inside and out), her testimony of a life serving our Lord and Savior. Condolences to all who knew and loved her, but of course to the family. Such a comfort to know that God “has got this”.

    Norma Reed, South Afruca
  3. Ken & Arlene Buzbee

    Blessings to you all. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, but for her, it is “gain”.

    Ken & Arlene Buzbee
  4. anthony spena

    I did not know her very long but she and your family have had a profound effect on my spiritual life . I remember her and your family sharing dinner at our home .For all this ,I am eternally grateful . Lord bless you all

    anthony spena
  5. TammyvdH, South Africa

    Mom, what a blessing you have been to me. Trapsing school books over the big puddle right up until the last time I needed was the last trip you made.

    I love that we had our Victoria Falls , Zimbabwe excursion. Pilanesberg outings. But most of all just spending time with my family. The kids will always remember “Grammy Surprises” in the treat bag every morning when u visited.
    Encourager would be a word that epitamises you as a wife, mom and friend. I don’t wish u back from Heaven, but I miss you already! Till we meet again. Love you sweet Momma!

    TammyvdH, South Africa
  6. Laurie Ceren Evers

    I grew up at BCC and our family was close to the Goldfuss family..

    Vonnie was an amazing example of the Proverbs 31 woman and I never failed to see Christ in her life. I can still hear her beautiful voice singing at BCC. I am happy for her that she is no longer in pain…Heaven is a bit sweeter now.

    See you soon, Vonnie. Thank you for being a great role model to me. Love you.

    Laurie Ceren Evers
  7. Beverly Jensen

    Vonnie was greatly admired for her love for the Lord , for her family and her friends. What a wondrous joy it must have been for her when she saw her Lord. Praise God we will see our loved ones again because of Him.

    Beverly Jensen
  8. Bertha Slabaugh

    The Lord has called one of His faithful servants home. She definitely was an example of a Proverbs 31 woman. She belonged to our singles group. However she couldn’t always be there. But we always looked forward to seeing her when we knew she was coming. She was so inspiring and a joy to have around. How we will miss her. My condolences to the family.

    Bertha Slabaugh
  9. Virgene Steffen

    Dear Vonne’s photo and obituary are beautiful ! She and her family were very special to me. My continued love and prayers,

    Virgene Steffen
  10. Maxine and James degennaro

    Loved to sit and chat with you. Learned so much from listening to her. She was our neighbor. We will miss her and keep her in our prayers.

    Maxine and James degennaro

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