Ramona Prior of Pine City passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019 at FirstLight Health Systems in Mora at the age of 90.
Ramona Odendahl was born April 13, 1929 to Lampert and Eva (Miller) Odendahl in Pokegama Township. She attended Green Vallley a small country school from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Ramona attended and graduated from Pine City High School in 1946.
Ramona worked for various families during her high school years for room and board. On November 7, 1946 Ramona married Loren Prior. They were blessed with five children; Larry, Lorna, Steve, Dan and Michelle. Over the years, she took in many children to care for, this enabled her to stay home and raise her children. Once the children were all in school, Ramona was busy working cleaning houses. In 1974, she was hired to work in the kitchen at Pine City Schools and continued working at the school until her retirement in 1991.
In May of 1992, Loren passed away; she stayed in the family home until 1998. In May of 1998, Ramona had an auction and moved to Hillside Court.
Ramona is survived by her son Larry (Boni) Prior of Rosemount; daughter Michelle (Michael) Finger of Key West, Florida; sister Joan Curran of St. Paul; daughter-in-law Brenda Prior of Humboldt, Texas; sons-in-law Dave Lee of Wickenberg, Arizona and Neil DeBruin of Key West, Florida; grandchildren: Sherry, Bill (Laurie), Tina (Tim), Tara, Craig, Eric (Ale), Melissa (Dwight); great-grandchildren: Austin, Ryan, Mariah, Kortney, Malori, Cole, Tricia, Charlesa, Jack, Carter and Caleb; great-great-grandson Isaiha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ramona was preceded in death by her parents Lampert & Eva Odendahl; husband Loren; children Lorna Lee, Steve Prior and Dan Prior; granddaughter Jessalyn Prior; siblings Bud, Al, Earl, Paul, Keith, Clair, Bob, Peg, Shirley and infant twin brother.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial for Ramona: 10:30 AM; Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned one hour prior to the Mass in the St. Anthony Commons area at the church. The interment will take place at the Brook Park Cemetery, Brook Park, Minnesota.
Memorials in Ramona's memory may be designated to: Council of Catholic Women (CCW), Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 535 8th St., SW Pine City, MN 55063 or the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements Ramona Prior are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City ~ Swanson Chapel
Diane Jeanne (Miller) Babolik, age 62, of Pine City went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 2, 2019 with her family by her side at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
Diane Jeanne Miller was born March 31, 1957 to Donald and Jeanne (Niles) Miller in Garden Grove, California. The family moved back to Minnesota and eventually settled in Pine City where Diane graduated from Pine City High School. On May 22, 1978, she married the late Mike Babolik and together they lovingly raised 9 children.
Diane gave selflessly of her time, energy, and love; always supporting her children in their interests and hobbies as they were growing up. After her children had grown, she became a foster mother and extended her love to children who needed it. She had a heart of compassion and was always caring for someone. Her wit could brighten anyone’s day and she always had a listening ear or wisdom to offer. Her faith was steadfast and strong through life’s trials, encouraging those around her.
Diane’s world was her grandchildren and she would do anything for them. She got so much joy from a house full of noise, laughter and play. In true grandmother fashion she found nothing wrong with a treat before lunch if the request was coming from anyone who called her “grandma” and no mess was too big if it meant memories were being made.
She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Diane is survived by her children: Michelle (Jeff) Schlaeger of Pine City, Patrick Babolik of Cambodia, Jeremiah Babolik of Pine City, Joshua Babolik (Kelly Norton-Tode) of Pine City, Josiah (Cami) Babolik of Rock Creek, Jessica (Haowen) Cheng of Virginia, Jonah (Alicia) Babolik of Pine City, Julia (Cody) Skluzacek of Pine City, Jennifer Babolik (fiancé Brandon Sykes) of Winona; grandchildren: Linda, Lyndon, Lee, Wyatt, Elsa, Violet, Macie, Milo, Melia, Elim, Matthias, Thaddeus, Remi and baby to be, Easton, Elias, Evan; siblings: Mike (Patty) Miller of Harris, Tom (Diane) Miller of Juneau, Alaska, Roger (Jeanine) Miller of Waite Park, Ron (Brenda) Miller of Columbus, Linda (Merlin Powell) Miller of Pine City, Peggy (Ray) Perkins of Clear Lake, Joanne Miller of Pine City, Karen Miller of North Branch; sister-in-law Mary Babolik of Pine City; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Diane is preceded in death by her parents Donald and Jeanne Miller; husband Mike Babolik; brother James Miller; father-in-law Milo and mother-in-law Viola Babolik; sister-in-law Margaret Kelly.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial for Diane: 10:30 AM; Friday, May 10, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beroun. A time of visitation and reviewal for family and friends will be held 5-8 PM with a 7:30 PM prayer service Thursday evening (5/9) at Swanson Funeral Chapel and also one hour prior to the Mass at the church. The interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Beroun.
In memory of Diane, memorials may be designated to Diane's family for the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City ~ Swanson Chapel