M. Iona Lillevik 1925-2016
M. Iona Christenson, daughter of Jens and Petrea (Jensen) Christensen was born April 30, 1925 in West Bend. She attended Rodman Schools, and she was a graduate of West Bend High School.
Iona was united in marriage to Marvin G. Helmke on Nov. 14, 1943. To this union, two daughters were born. Marvin passed away in 1976. On Jan. 11, 1979, Iona married Orvis Lillevik in Emmetsburg and Orvis preceded her in 1990.
Following her education, Iona worked at a bakery for a short time. Later, she helped work on the farm, sold Avon products and worked at Joyce’s Food Store in Emmetsburg.
Iona was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg where she enjoyed being involved in M.Y.F. and she was a member of the Pythian Sisters. She enjoyed helping others in the community, and she acquired many hours as a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.). Iona enjoyed bowling, dancing and ice skating in her youth. She loved her home on the lake, traveling, playing cards and taking care of her flowers especially her geraniums. More than anything, she loved her granddaughters and great-grandsons.
On Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, Iona passed away at the Emmetsburg Care Center. She was 91.
Left to cherish her memory are two granddaughters: Kim Kerr and her husband, Tim of Cylinder and Tracey Henderson of Emmetsburg; five great-grandchildren: Tyler Henderson, Adam Kerr, Arik Kerr, Cody Henderson and Clayton Henderson.
Iona was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Marvin and Orvis; two daughters: Judy Lubinus and her husband, John and Linda Helmke and her husband, Darwin Sindergard; four brothers: Frank, Leo, George and Richard Christensen and her sister, Irene Gearhart.
Funeral service was held Monday at Joyce Funeral Home with interment at Evergreen Cemetery.