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LaVon J. Pape, 89 - September 11, 2015

LaVon J. Pape, 89, of Gothenburg passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at her home in Gothenburg.
Services will take place at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Joel Plisek officiating. Interment will be at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Pape was born June 27, 1926, at Cozad, daughter of Johnny and Olive (Love) Berryman.
She grew up in Cozad and moved to Long Beach, CA, where she graduated from high school, although she always felt Cozad was her school and always attended the reunions there, family members said.
On Feb. 14, 1947, she married Paul Pape at Yuma, AZ. To this union, three children were born.
Pape was a member of the Gothenburg Community Playhouse, the Nebraska Writers Guild, P.E.O. and the Gothenburg Historical Society. She was also a member of the Methodist church for over 75 years.
She enjoyed traveling to England where she was a seven-time tour guide, according to family members. She wrote two books and numerous articles for magazines. She also kept a daily journal until she could no longer write.
Pape was so moved after teaching the Bethel Series that she wrote a Christmas pageant that was preformed for seven years by the Community Playhouse and choir members. She also directed several productions for the Gothenburg Community Playhouse.
?She was preceded in death by: her husband, Paul Pape; her parents, Johnny and Olive; three sisters—Elyse McNulty, Arleen Christiansen and Opal Pearson.
Survivors include: her sons—Johnny (Peggy) Pape and David (Gidget) Pape; her daughter, Susan O’Keefe; grandsons—Ryan O’Keefe, Ben (Kristy) Pape, Paul (Lindsey) Pape, Josh (Stephanie) Pape and Jeffrey (Stephanie) Pape; granddaughters—Wendy Jensen and Katie O’Keefe; 12 great-grandchildren—Patrick, Ty, Aliyah, Quinn, Hailey, Michael, Xander, Dresden, Gideon, Brendon, Mira and Issac; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Community Playhouse and the First United Methodist Church.