Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 25, at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services and a celebration of life will be Monday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at Union Memorial Church in Milford, Ia. Burial will take place at Little Sioux Lutheran Church cemetery in rural Milford with lunch to follow burial at Union Memorial.
Onie was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Maurice, Ia., to parents Alfred Vander Stouwe and Alice Kooiker-Vander Stouwe.
Onie graduated from the Doon, Ia. high school and was united in marriage to Julius Heerde on Jan. 15, 1942, in South Sioux City, Neb.
Shortly after marriage, Onie and her late husband, Julius, purchased land and farmed in rural Milford near Fostoria for over 50 years raising corn, beans and livestock. Between farming, fishing, traveling and playing cards, Onie and Julius loved dancing. They traveled extensively in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota with friends to visit all the polka and waltzing hot spots. The life of the party, Onie and Julius would light up the dance hall wherever they were.
Following Julius' death in 1992, Onie moved to Milford where she became a volunteer and staunch supporter of the local Area Agency on Aging and Dinner Date program. She reveled in the companionship of her family and many friends. She loved playing cards. Knitting, crocheting and fishing were also among her many personal hobbies.
Myona (Onie) will be deeply missed by her survivors: three daughters: Karen (Richard) Kilgore of Spirit Lake, Connie (Dana) Holland of Ottumwa and Judy (Douglas) Hoffman of Milford; six grandchildren: Shane Kilgore, Topeka, Kansas, Jesse (Kate) Kilgore, Lake Park, Bambie Kilgore, Spirit Lake, Shannan Hoffman, Pleasant Hill, Jeremy Hoffman, Milford and Ashley Holland, Rochester Hills, Mich.; seven great-grandchildren: Lona (Kilgore) Praytor, Sarasota, Fla., Sarah (Kilgore) Marsh, Topeka, Kansas, Rapheal Karlyle, Topeka, Kansas, Quentin Karlyle, Spirit Lake, Natley Williams of Topeka, Kansas, Dalton and Nathan Kilgore, of Lake Park, Tayten and Mason Hoffman, Milford; two sisters: Betty Petersen, Battle Creek, and Beulah Witte, of Rock Valley; and many nieces and nephews.
Myona (Onie) was proceeded in death by husband, Julius; their infant son, Terry; three brothers: Freeman, Vernon and Robert Vander Stouwe; and her parents.
Memorials may be made to the family for distribution to the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa.