LaVeda M. (Widrick) Taube

Born: Sun., Jun. 14, 1931
Died: Wed., Dec. 5, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 08, 2012
Location: Naumburg Mennonite Church

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Dec. 09, 2012
Location: Naumburg Mennonite Church

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CASTORLAND- LaVeda M. Taube, 81, died peacefully and gracefully on Wednesday evening, December 5th at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

She was born June 14, 1931 in the Town of Croghan to Andrew and Nancy Leis Widrick.  She attended Town of Croghan Country School and Beaver Falls High School.  She married Ralph Taube on June 14, 1952 at the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen. They were members of the Croghan Mennonite Church for 12 years and became charter members of the Naumburg Mennonite Church in 1964.

LaVeda was very active in a variety of church activities. She was a wonderful wife and caring mother, an excellent cook, an avid gardener and loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed her extensive collections of dolls and teddy bears, and travelling to see family in New York, Ohio, Ontario and North Carolina.  LaVeda enjoyed family reunion trips: in 2002 LaVeda and Ralph joined their children in Williamsburg VA to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and in 2008 they travelled to Bald Head Island, NC for Susan and Frank’s 30th wedding anniversary.  Her passion in later years was the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association where she served as a trustee for over 10 years and hosted the craft tent at the annual Zwanzigstein Festival (Z Fest).

LaVeda is survived by her husband, Ralph; her five children Larry (Ann) of Greensboro, NC, James (Sue) of Middletown, OH, Susan (Frank) McVeigh of Cary, NC, Terry (Debbie) of Cazenovia and Michael of Watertown; and a sister Loretta Zehr of Croghan.  She was blessed by nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  The grandchildren are:  Jacob (Stephanie), Matthew (Lindsey), Jade (Mike Ison), Allison (Mark Cashin), David, Rebel (Will Hill), Paul (Amber), Robert (Anna) and Ryan.  The three great grandchildren are: Galilee Grace (Jacob and Stephanie), Jolynn Elyse (Paul and Amber), Julia Dawn (Robert and Anna).  She was predeceased by three brothers, Albert, Richard and Edward Widrick.

Family members extend a special thanks to the excellent and caring ICU nurses, doctors and staff who were involved in her care during her last 18 days at Upstate Medical Center.

Visitation hours will be held Saturday, December 8 from 4-7pm at Naumburg Mennonite Church.  Her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM Sunday December 9, at the Naumburg Mennonite Church with the church ministry officiating. Burial will be in the Croghan Mennonite Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan. Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be sent to the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association, PO Box 368 Croghan, NY 13327 or to the Naumburg Mennonite Church Building Fund, 5463 State Route 410 Castorland, NY 13620.

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Doris Mcferren
   Posted Thu December 06, 2012
Dear Family, I cannot express how sad I am at the loss of my dear cousin and surely want you all to know that I am sending you my sincere sympathy. I will greatly miss all those visits we had with each other and the great times we had when we were able to be together. LaVeda will not be forgotten and I know one day we will be able to be together again. She leaves many happy memories for all of us that she has left behind. Now she is happy with the Lord. I love all of you, as I did her. Your cousin, Doris McFerren

Bruce and Marylou Widrick and family
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Uncle Ralph and Family,

So sorry to hear of Aunt Leveda's passing Wednesday evening. Take comfort in knowing that her pain is over. If you need anything please give us a call.

Love the Widrick Family

Harry Mitchell
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
I express my condolences to the family. Laveda was in class.

John Monnat
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Terry and Deb: Sorry to her the news of your Mom''s passing. She was a wonderful woman who always catered to us when we spent time at your home back when we were in school. I always thought a lot of her.was

Lois Bast
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Dear Ralph and Family,
I was sad to hear of LaVeda's passing. What a wonderful support she was to the Agape Shoppe. May God comfort and be near as you go through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Lois and Durwood Bast

Cindy (Widrick) Damsky
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Sorry to hear of Aunt LaVeda''s passing. I have wonderful memories of growing up with the family especially in her original home in Naumburg. She always had a smile on her face and was a very loving person. She will now be watching over her brothers Richard and Edward.

Linda Latham
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
A new angel is in Heaven and I picture her cooking up a storm and dressing beautiful dolls for all to enjoy. Our loss is certainly Heaven's gain and may you receive comfort knowing she is at peace in His arms.
My love and prayers are with you all, I am so grateful I had the opportunity to visit with your Mom and Dad just 6 weeks ago, I have so many memories of them being so good to Mom and always having the children and me over whenever we were in Croghan, the kids loved Ralph taking them four wheeling!
Wishing I could be there to share in her celebration of life, know you are all in my prayers and thoughts!

   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Iam so sorry to hear the lost of a family member.She a good neighbor i known and mother to the children.Myprayers thoughts go out too you all.

Patti & Eric Clemons
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Ralph and Family:
Sorry to hear of LaVeda's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I will miss seeing her at Lewis Co. General adissions. She always had a smile
for everyone.

Patti & Eric

Ashley Brown
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mary Redfield
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
It has been years, but Christmas cards were always exchanged. May all the good times you spent with LaVeda be of comfort to you now and a joy to you always.
I never think of her but what the aroma of banana bread, zucchini bread and great aromas from her summer kitchen don''t come to mind. I too will lament your loss.

Midge Cleland
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Mrs Taube will always be remembered by me as such a pleasant lady. I first met her while working 33 years for Dr Ashraf. My prayers for her family at this sad time.

Keith and Tammy Widrick and Family
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Uncle Ralph and Larry, Jamie, Susan Terry and Michael,

Condolences to you all and your family members. A celebration of life is so fitting at this sad time. I too remember the good ol days in Naumburg when life was so much more slow paced and most times more enjoyable, or that may be just how we remember. Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday we would be at the house riding go-carts and eating out back. The circle of life comes to a close for us all, fortunately we all have memories that stay with us a lifetime.

Elmer & Eileen Lehman
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Ralph and family, we just found out about LaVeda''''s passing, and express our sympathy to you. She and Elmer were in the same class in high school, and Eileen was most fond of her as a cousin. We treasure those several occasions, Ralph, when we would stop in with clocks for you to repair, all the way from Ohio, and have good visits with you. It was a blessing to see you both actively involved in the work and ministries of the church. May God''''s peace abundantly sustain you.

Elmer & Eileen Lehman

Rick and Betty Schledorn
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Our thought and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. We will always remember La Veda''s smiling face and love of her family. We will miss her but know she is at peace.

Sandy and Marvin Roes
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Dear Ralph and family,
When I think of Laveda it's always "Ralph and Laveda". Our families shared some really fun times and I will always cherish the friendship our parents had. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you walk this valley. She was a very thoughtful and kind lady and I count it a priviledge to call her my friend. God Bless.
Marvin and Sandy Roes

Seelman Family
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
We Are So Sorry To Here About Your Loss, Your Family Is In Our Prayers Alway's,

Mary Duffer Heller
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
Sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Seelman Family
   Posted Fri December 07, 2012
God Bless Your Family During This Time Of Loss, Were So Sorry,

Marsha & Dennis Burkett
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
Ralph, Sue, and the Taube family extended...we were saddened to hear of LaVeda's passing. We hope that you can draw strength and comfort in knowing how she was cared for and loved by family, friends, and mere acquaintances. LaVeda will live on in the hearts of those she came in contact with and touched during her life. Take solace in the beauty that she and Ralph created while they travelled through their life together. Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL at this time of pain and loss. We wish you comfort and peace.

Sherry Cameron
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
So sorry to hear of Aunt LaVeda's passing. She was a wonderful, caring mother and wife. She was a wonderful cook and I have fond memories of summer picnics and later of visiting with my children, Ryan and Andy. I also worked with Aunt LaVeda for a short time and she was a wonderful co-worker.
I know now that she is at peace and no longer suffering and has been reunited with her brothers. May God Bless.

Larry Streeter
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
Larry I'm sorry to here of your Moms passing.

Marcia Robbins
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
Sorry to hear about your loss, I got to know Ralph and LaVeda through their vollunter work. LaVeda was a willing worker with a quick smile and generous with her time. God bless your family.

Steve and Frances Coleman and family
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
We wanted you all to know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. We are so glad to we were able toh see Mrs. Taube again last summer at Allison's wedding. We will continue to be praying for all of you.

Mervin and Lois Leis & family
   Posted Sat December 08, 2012
On behalf of our family, we want to send out deepest sympathy. We always felt very close to Ralph and LaVeda. We shared many good times together. We have great memories which will never be forgotten. God Bless.

John Konkol
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Sorry to hear about your sisters passing Loretta.

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