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LaVeda  F.  Connelly
     LaVeda F. Connelly, 91, of Sutherland, went peacefully to be with her Savior on Mar. 15 at Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala. She was born on July 9, 1921 to Henry and Ivie M. (Brown) Sytsma in a sod house nine miles south of Brady.
     She attended elementary school at District No. 74, later graduating from Brady High School with the class of 1940.
     LaVeda taught country schools in the Brady area for several years.
     On June 18, 1945, she married Harold Ray Connelly in Aberdeen, Wash. where Ray served in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, the couple made their home in North Platte where they were blessed with three daughters.
     In 1966, the family moved to Sutherland where Ray worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. She was a charter member of the Hope Baptist Church in Sutherland.
     LaVeda read God''s Word every day. She also enjoyed flowers, birds, and reading poetry. One of her favorite pastimes was sharing stories of her childhood.
     Survivors include three daughters, Marleen (David) Kendall of Lingle, Wyo., Carol Rademacher of Falls City, and LaRae (Richard) Garretson of Ogallala; a sister, Mabel (Irvin) Stanard of Lincoln; a sister-in-law, Carolyn (Milton) Sytsma of McCook; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other family members and friends.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters, Minnie and Bertha, a brother, Milton, and a granddaughter, Ellie Mae.
     Memorials may be given to the Hope Baptist Church in Sutherland.
     Services were at 1 p.m. Mar. 19 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Fischer officiating. Burial was at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 3/20/2013
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