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LaVonne K. Plambeck, Ph.D.
November 8, 1932 – April 28, 2021
LaVonne, the daughter of Frank J. and Emma B. Kopecky, spent her childhood at the family farm in Omaha, with her brothers, Frank, Jr. and Robert. Raised on a farm and having an insatiable curiosity about the world and how things worked, LaVonne had great freedom to explore her environment and her interests without much structure or many restrictions. During this time, she developed a deep love for music, with many, many hours spent at the family piano, eventually earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Grinnell College.
Following graduation, she taught music at Central High School. She later supplemented her wages by working part time at a