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Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Date: 6/21/2018
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Condolences for the Family of
David Joseph LaVia

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From: Lora Kander

Enjoyed watching the video memories on this website, what a great idea. He was a handsome man and so sorry for the loss. We sent a memorial to the NAMI in David's name. I will come to Des Moines in a few weeks and we can go to lunch. We have been thinking about you during this hectic time. Love ya, Lora and Mark Kander

9/18/2017 12:49:50 PM

From: Julie King

Dear Lavia Family - I'm so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

9/17/2017 8:57:38 PM

From: Robyn Burger

So sad to hear you left this earth. Dave you were always a light in my dark in school. You were a kind man and always had a great smile. You left your mark in my life.... Hugs to your friends and family as they proceed through this life. Happy hunting the big game in the sky. Much love my old friend. Saydel class of 83 bows in your honor.

9/14/2017 8:18:48 PM



9/14/2017 1:49:46 PM

From: Cynthia Larson

I am deeply saddened by David's death. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. David was special and will always have a place in my heart.

9/14/2017 1:05:29 PM

From: Rosemary DeFino Brady & Anthony DeFino

Dear LaVia family, keeping all of you in our prayers. So very sorry for your loss. May you Rest In Peace David. Sincerely, Rosemary and Anthony DeFino

9/13/2017 8:56:35 PM

From: Sydnee and Pete

I'm so sorry for your loss!! I will be praying for all the LaVia family. If you need anything or to talk I'm not far away!! RIP Uncle David!! Give Pete a HUGE hug for me!! Love you all Syd

9/13/2017 7:53:57 PM

From: Lisa Leslie - cousin

My dear cousin David struggled his entire life. He was a kind, loving, gentle soul who was caught in the loneliness of depression. May he find peace with God in heaven as he has been freed from all the sadnesses of this life.

9/13/2017 2:47:07 PM

From: Paulette Steinbach Ihrig

My deepest sympathy to the LaVia family.

9/13/2017 9:22:23 AM

From: Scott Arneson

I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him when our paths crossed. He was a great guy and will be missed. Prayers to the Lavia family, Scott, Kristi, & Jackson Arneson

9/12/2017 1:25:00 PM