Yvonne Marie (Tofte) Sabyan, 83 of Hermantown, died Saturday December 15, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospice. Yvonne was born June 15, 1935 in Duluth to Clarence and Thelma Tofte. She was raised in Tofte (which was named after her grandfather), and she graduated from Grand Marias High School. After high school she received nurse's training at St. Luke's and became an LPN. Yvonne met Tom Sabyan and they were married on Aug. 18, 1956 in Tofte. They moved to Hermantown in 1958. Yvonne worked as an LPN for the Duluth Clinic and then in bookkeeping at Northern States, Mac Trucks, Shopper City and retired from Elvin Safety. Yvonne was a very active member of St. Raphael’s church in Pike Lake. She served as a Eucharistic Minister, served on its finance council, St. Teresa's Circle, was a trustee and headed the funeral lunch committee. She volunteered at St. Luke’s for many years and served on its Guild Board. Yvonne loved to fish, having landed a 6 lbs 1 oz, brook trout; quilting, making baby blankets, canning, sewing, ghost story teller, baking and snowmobiling.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Yvonne is survived by her loving husband, Tom; sisters, Ellen Hedenberg, Patricia (Roger) Malner and Dorothy Kay (Larry) Brooks; in laws, Gloria Perpich, Donald and Archie Sabyan; many nieces and nephews; dear friends, Nicole and Jason Lenz and her golden retriever, Sophie. She will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec, 20th from 5-7pm with wake prayers at 6:30pm in St. Raphael’s Church, 5779 Seville Rd. Pike Lake, where visitation will continue Friday from 10am to the 11am Mass of Christian Burial. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to St. Raphael Catholic Church, 5779 Seville Rd. Duluth, MN 55811 or to the Tofte Historical society c/o the Duluth Superior Community Foundation, 222 E Superior St. #302, Duluth, MN 55802. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805, (218) 727-3555.