April 12, 2023 at 5:44 p.m.

Lidvina M. (Finken) Vener

Lidvina M. (Finken) Vener
Lidvina M. (Finken) Vener


Lidvina Mary (Finken) Vener, 98 of Sauk Centre, passed away April 8, 2023, at Cerenity Care Center in White Bear Lake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

Lidvina “Lavina” was born Nov. 5, 1924, to Frances (Stangler) and Frank Finken in Riebnig, Austria, and met Frank in Stearns County after her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was a toddler. Lavina was a member of St. Paul’s Parish from her baptism to her first communion, through confirmation and marriage. She attended St. Paul’s Elementary School. 

When she married Donald J. Vener of Sauk Centre/Ward Springs, they moved to Moorhead, where they lived for more than 20 years, raising their family of three children. They were active at St. Joseph’s Parish and the community. Throughout her life, she was a member of the Christian Mothers. Lavina and Don returned to Sauk Centre upon retirement, where they enjoyed 27 more years together.

Lavina was devoted to her family and friends, always ready to help and support and put her know-how to work for others. She was curious and interested in learning new skills. She and a few friends were often enrolled in classes to learn crafts such as candle making, cake decorating, upholstery, quilting and sewing. She loved children, and they loved her. She frequently put her creative skills to work for children in her care, and they appreciated her genius. She could conjure an entire makeup artist’s palette out of kitchen foodstuffs and delight children with painting their faces on rainy afternoons.

Lavina especially enjoyed nature and the outdoors. Her children remember her fondly for the delight she took in everyday small but remarkable things such as the growth habits of trees and the beauty of sunrises. She looked at these things with wonder and awe.

Lidvina leaves behind three children, Diane Vener, Larry Vener and Beverly (Vener) Atwood and husband, Tom Atwood; and her grandson, Zachary Atwood and his fiancé, Susan Anderson. 

She will be greatly missed by family members and friends. They will cherish the many wonderful memories they shared with her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.




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