Ona V. Holmgren, age 96, of Yankton, died Friday, February 10, 2017, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at First Assembly of God Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Pastor Mikal Simmons and Pastor Jeff Mantz officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are: Joel Holmgren, Dan Holmgren, Mike Holmgren, Gerald Undem, Tyler Undem, and Christian Undem.
Ona V. Holmgren was born July 21, 1920, in Springview, Nebraska, to Lide and Bessie (Ballard) Hiatt. She grew up on the Haun farm north of Lynch, Nebraska. She worked as a babysitter and store clerk for a while and also worked in a restaurant in O'Neill, Nebraska. She taught country school for a few years in Naper, Nebraska. She married Helmuth Holmgren on June 11, 1945, in Ord, Nebraska and they lived on a farm near Naper, Nebraska. They moved to Spencer, Nebraska and then to Butte, Nebraska, until moving to Yankton, South Dakota when Helmuth began working on Gavins Point Dam. Ona began working at the Human Services Center in Yankton until retiring in 1983. After her retirement she babysat many children at her home in Yankton.
Ona was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Yankton and enjoyed playing table games and card games. Ona was always very hospitable and had a great sense of humor and amazing quick wit. She loved children and especially loved being with her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Helmuth of Yankton; four children: Wesley Holmgren of Port Orchard, Washington; Myrna (Curt) Beringer of Meridian, Idaho; Rollis (Keith) Undem of Apple Valley, Minnesota; and Rollin Holmgren of Waverly, Nebraska; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers
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Dear Helmuth and Family,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I sat down to the paper tonight and saw sweet Ona's name. May you find comfort knowing she is in the arms of Jesus.
Helmuth and Family, Our sympathies to all of you. We will always remember the quick wit of Ona. Our comfort is knowing she is with Jesus, free from cares and worries of this world. Wish we could be there to see some of you that we haven't seen for years.
Diane Holmgren Peltz
Dear Helmuth, Wes, Myrna, Rollis and Rollin,
I was saddened to read of Ona's passing. She had a tremendous impact on my life during my formative years and I am forever grateful. She was my "second" mom, always there to listen and give helpful advice. May you know and experience the peace that surpasses understanding during this time of grieving. I wish I could be there to give you all a huge hug. Alvina Hohstadt
to Helmuth and family My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I lost mine 3 years ago. Be strong and God Be with You and if you need to talk to someone please fell free to do so. God Blessings and Prayers to all. Love always from your friends.
Eleanor Juttelstad & Timothy
Helmuth and family. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the time of sadness.
Joe and Laurie Labarge
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