Ione Gonsorowski, Thief River Falls, MN, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls with her loving family by her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Friday, October 6, 2017 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church.
Ione Evelyn Vanyo was born on April 27, 1928 at home in Tabor, MN, the daughter of Frank and Pauline (Miller) Vanyo. Ione was the eldest of seven children. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tabor; she attended grade school 1st through 7th grade at Sunnyside School in Tabor and went one year (8th grade) in Alvarado, MN where she stayed with her uncle, John Vanyo and family. Grades 9-12 she attended Monroe High School in St. Paul graduating in 1945.
On November 25, 1947, Ione was united in marriage to Hubert Gonsorowski at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle, MN. To this union, six children were born; Gary, Yvonne, Duane, Louis, Gerald and Roger. They were married for 66 years until Hubert’s death in 2014.
Ione’s first job was taking care of a handicapped lady after school, then worked at Walgreen’s Drug Store in St. Paul, MN. After being united in marriage, Hubert and Ione moved to Grand Forks, ND where they lived with Florian and Martha Gonsorowski. She then went to work at Torgerson Drug Store in East Grand Forks, MN.
The family moved to Argyle where Ione stayed home with the children and did the books for Hubert’s Standard Oil Service. In November of 1969, the family made their home in Thief River Falls, MN. Ione worked at Children’s Toggery and Bjorkman’s Clothing before going to St. Bernard’s Catholic School as the Head Cook from 1982-2009. During those years, Ione also did catering and weddings.
About three weeks ago, Ione wrote her own obituary and at this point she said, “that’s enough!”
Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne (Tim) Benedict; sons, Duane (Diane) Gonsorowski, Louis Gonsorowski, Gerald (MaryBeth) Gonsorowski all of Thief River Falls, and Roger (Jenny) Gonsorowski of Independence, IA; grandchildren, Michael (Julie) Benedict, Rachel Benedict, Paul (Jackie) Gonsorowski, Jenni (Chris) Restad, Mauri (Anthony) Roy, Leanna Gonsorowski, Noah Gonsorowski, Geran Gonsorowski, Jazlyn Gonsorowski, Nick Gonsorowski; great-grandchildren, Gannon & Easton Gonsorowski, Gunner & Regan Restad, Levi Roy & twin Roy’s due in February, and Mykah Melville; brother, Frank (Jewel) Vanyo, Jr.; sisters, Lorraine (Wayne) Olson and Pauline Fisher; sisters-in-law, Barb Vanyo & Betty Gonsorowski; brothers-in-law, Daniel Gonsorowski, Edward Gonsorowski, & Gaylord Loughrey; and many other relatives and friends.
Ione is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert in 2014; son, Gary in 1954; parents; siblings, Robert (Cecilia) Vanyo, Leo (Lorraine) Vanyo, Joseph Vanyo; brother-in-law, James Fisher; and many members of Hubert’s family.