LaVon McGrath, 73

LaVon McGrath, nee Gillis, 73, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Nov. 23, 2012, at her residence.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1939, in Patterson, Ill., to the late Clarence and Theda (nee Painter) Gillis.

LaVon enjoyed working for Peat Marwick Mitchell & Company (KPMG) for more than 25 years. She loved to play golf and spend time with her family. She was a former member of St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Alton, Ill., and a current member of St. James Episcopal Church in West Bend.

She is survived by her daughter, Patty (Chris) Hugi of West Bend; four grandchildren, Brandon Beuttel, Matt Hugi, Lauren Beuttel and Gianna Hugi; one sister, Nilah (Roy) Webster; one brother, Lowell (Lilly) Gillis; and other relatives and friends.

LaVon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William David Rose; and brother, Carlos Gillis.

A graveside service in remembrance of LaVon will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. in Upper Alton Cemetery in Alton, Ill. with the Rev. William Malottke officiating.

Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Cedar Bay West and Cedar Community Hospice, as well as Drs. Zoran Gajic and Eric Olafsson and their staff for their care and compassion that was given to LaVon and her family.