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Iona Swartzendruber

A celebration of life for Iona L. Swartzendruber, 90 of Kalona will be held Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:30AM at the Kalona Mennonite Church in Kalona with Pastor's Scott Swartzendruber and Mick Murray officiating.  Burial will follow in the East Union Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Sunday, January 8 from 4-7PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for the Pleasantview Home Memorial Garden.  Iona Swartzendruber died Friday, January 06, 2012 at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona following a yearlong decline in health.

Iona Lucille Brenneman Swartzendruber was born November 27, 1921 in Wellman, Iowa the daughter of Erlis and Martha (Marner) Brenneman.  She was united in marriage to Roy Swartzendruber on March 11, 1944.  Iona was a member of the Kalona Mennonite Church, WMSC, and the Red Hat Ladies.  She enjoyed quilting, visiting, bookkeeping, traveling, flowers and gardening.

Survivors include six children, Dale (Pud) Swartzendruber of Wayland, IA, Arliss (Carol) Swartzendruber of Lakewood, CO, Margaret (Roy) Beikman of Gilbert, AZ, Kenneth (Audrey) Swartzendruber of Traverse City, MI, Duane (Sheri) Swartzendruber of Iowa City, IA, Mary (David) Althaus of St. Louis, MO, 17 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, five siblings, Merle Brenneman of Jamesville, WI, Dayle Brenneman of Upland, CA, Lucine Morrison of West Branch, IA, Leta Mae Schneider of Kalona, IA, and Arlene Snyder of Kalona, IA.

Preceding Iona in death were her parents, her husband Roy in 1986, one daughter, Lucille Brenneman, a daughter in law, Shirley Swartzendruber, two brothers, Marlin and Glenn Brenneman, two sisters, Ollie Hershberger and Wilma Yoder, and a special friend, Milo Stransky.

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I have fond 3rd Steet neighborhood memories of Iona. She was a kind lady and I always felt welcome in her home.

Linda Plank Huber Jan 9 2012 12:00 AM

We want to extend our sympathy to the family. I have known Iona since a very young girl - she was my Sunday School teacher for many years. Always enjoyed seeing her when we were in the Kalona area. She always remembered who I was. I will miss her great smile and visits.we

Ralph & Janet Speas Jan 8 2012 12:00 AM

It is with sadness we read of the passing of Iona. She has earned her reward, and joins friends and family who preceded her in death, but she leaves a hole in our lives. It was always a joy to visit her when we were in Iowa. Please accept our sympathy.

Herb&Deny Hershberge Jan 7 2012 12:00 AM