Lavina Roske returned to her heavenly home October 8, 2021, at the age of 104 after surviving the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19. Lavina always attributed her longevity to “good genes”.
Lavina Catherine Roske was born June 15, 1917, to John Peter and Hattie L. (Halverson) Wilson, in Newell SD. She attended school in Newell and obtained a 2-year teaching certificate from Augustana College in 1937. She taught for 6 years in rural South Dakota schools from 1937-1943.
On June 8, 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) during WWII. She served until July 12, 1946, and retired as Chief Yeoman. Following her military service, she worked for 29 years with the Navy Relief Society.
On April 15, 1954, she married Charles Roske. She resided in California from 1943 until moving to Sandstone Assisted Living in Spearfish SD in 2018. She was very active in the Lutheran Church throughout her life.
Lavina was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, husband, her only brother, Russell Wilson and his wife Myrtle (Oksol) Wilson, as well as all of her first cousins. She is survived by her stepson David Roske, San Mateo, CA, her nephew John Wilson and his wife Marlene, Charlotte NC, her niece Charlotte Wilson, Sturgis SD, and many second cousins.
Inurnment will be in Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, South Dakota, at a later date. Memorials may be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to http://www.kinkadefunerals.com.