Yvonne "Vonnie" Marie O'Hara, age 80, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, May 19 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 6:45 PM, followed by a vigil service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are her grandsons: Scott Raabe, Chris Raabe, Jason Schweitzer, Kenneth VenOsdel, Nick VenOsdel, Ryan O'Hara, Juven VenOsdel and Tate O'Hara.
Vonnie was born May 29, 1936 in Grant, Nebraska to Edgar and Angela (Poeschle) Tagge. Later she was raised by her mother and step father, Norman Tatum. She married Patrick O'Hara on Christmas Day in 1953 while a senior in high school. She graduated from Grant High School and then moved to Fort Benning, Georgia where Patrick was stationed. After his discharge from the service, they lived in Grant, NE, Madison, SD, Ramona, SD, Walthill, NE and Omaha, NE before settling in Yankton in 1967. Vonnie worked for the Yankton County Treasurer for several years and then as the bookkeeper for Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 30 years. Vonnie loved cooking and hosting meals for her family and friends. She enjoyed helping others and being there for those in need, whether it be taking a hot dish to a neighbor or friend, organizing the church bazaar, collecting for various charitable organizations, or volunteering at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Vonnie also was an avid gardener and especially loved her flower garden. She enjoyed playing in card clubs, visiting with her friends and sometimes joined her children and neighborhood kids in a game of kick the can. She was the best mother to ever hope for. She loved her family and was loved very much in return.
Vonnie will be greatly missed by her husband, Patrick O'Hara of Yankton; five children: Theresa (Lee) Raabe of Sioux Falls, Margie O'Hara of Sioux Falls, Tim O'Hara (Alice Wieseler) of Yankton, Bridgette (Clay) VenOsdel of New London, MN and Scott O'Hara of Highlands Ranch, CO; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great grandchildren.
Vonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Angela; step father, Norman Tatum; sister, Murleen Ourada; brother, Eddie Tagge; and Patrick's parents, Vincent and Gertrude O'Hara.
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Pat and family: so sorry to hear of Vonnie's going to heaven. I know how much you loved her. She was a wonderful friend to Paul and I. God's speed.
Thinking of your family at this sad time.
Lori Sohler Novak
Pat, You have my deepest smpathy. She always had a great smile. I depended on her when she worked at the parish office and I was teaching at the school. She is now living a free life in heaven.
Jo Ann Moses
May God Bless and grant his eternal rest unto Vonnie, and grant you all of her family and friends his strength and peace as you all work through Vonne's transition.
Linda and Leon Steffen
Thinking of all of you and sending hugs and prayers. I have fond memories of Vonnie. God has another angel.
I love her...I'm so happy she lived her life surrounded by so much love. I praise God for all of the memories you all will have of her. Much love to my family that I will hold in my heart forever.
Tim, Alice & Family - So sorry for your loss. It's never easy losing a parent. Sympathy & Hugs to all of you. Cherish your memories!
Jason & Connie Luke
So many great memories of our families getting together. Vonnie was such a wonderful mom and good cook! I'll always remember her caring heart & warm smile.
Jodi Hanson Slyter
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