Livonia Mae (Schindele) Crane passed away peacefully at the Eventide Heartland Care Center on Monday, March 23, 2020. Livonia was born on the farm near Tolna, ND on July 14, 1923 to Herbert and Mayme (Opoien) Schindele. Livonia attended grade school at the Lake District One country school and graduated from high school in Tolna in 1941. After her graduation, Livonia and her sister, Elvy, boarded the train and headed to Spokane WA to help support the war effort. They eventually ended up in Portland OR and worked in the ship years wiring ships from top to bottom. Livonia later returned to ND and attended Cosmetology school and graduated in 1945, thus beginning her career as a beautician. Livonia married Walter Crane on November 26, 1947 in Devils Lake and also became the mother of his daughter Joanne and together they had a set of twin boys and twin girls. Livonia helped support her family as a beautician and was the owner of the Friendly Beauty Studio that she operated out of her home for forty plus years. In addition to her dedication to work and help support her family, Livonia was deeply devoted to her church, St. Olaf Lutheran. She lived her faith every day through fellowship, volunteering, and working at the church. Whenever someone needed help, Livonia was just a phone call away. Livonia loved to bowl, play cards and quilt. She was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO in May of 2003.
Livonia was preceded by her parents, husband, daughter Joanne File, son James Crane, brothers and sisters-in-law Harold (Vivian), Delbert (Myra), Rodger (Mary) and Carmen (Rose) Schindele, her sisters and brothers-in-law Carole (Leonard) Trostad and Elvira (Gordon) Eisele. Livonia is survived by her son Jerry (Monica) Crane, Fargo ND, daughter-in-law Cynthia Crane, Summerville SC, daughters Jean (James) Jurgens, Hamilton MI and Jane (Roger) Gage, Marysville WA, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandson, “special daughter” Yvonne (Jerry) Terjeson, Helix OR, sisters-in-law Miriam (Crane) Anderson, Mukilteo WA and Patricia Calderwood, Butte MT and many nieces and nephews.
Livonia will be laid to rest at the Devils Lake Cemetery next to her husband Walter (Red) Crane. Services for Livonia will be held at a later date due to the virus restrictions in place at this time.