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Helen Agnes BonaJuly 31, 1923 ~ November 3, 2017 (age 94)
Helen Agnes Bona, 94, of Lansing, IL, passed away peacefully of Alzheimer’s disease at the home of her niece, Sandee, in St. John, IN, where she lived for the past 3.5 years.
Survived by her brother Adam Bona (Arlene); niece Sandee (Michael) Udchitz and family Sarah, Deanna, Alexandra, and Matilda; niece Christine (late Thomas) Zacny (Dan Solecki) and family Nicholas (Elinore), Lizabeth (Michael) Soley, Peter, Fiona, Alyssa, Mikaela, and Julia; nephew Randolph (Jennifer) Wisowaty and family Kari (Christopher) Jensen, Dr. Bradley (Deanna), Sullivan, and Jase; nephew Dr. Richard (Mary Pat) Bona and family Kathleen, Andrew (Amy), Maureen (Joe) Smith, Anna, Franciska, Sebastian, Beckett, Benson, and Charlotte; and nephew Dr. Jeffrey (Kelly) Bona and family Jeffrey Jr. and John. Also survived by nieces Barbara (Michael) Schaum and Kathleen (James) Conway; nephews Adam III (JoAnne) Bona, Stanley (Debbie) Bona; half-nephew Thomas (Edith) Rhode; and their families.
Preceded in death by her parents Adam and Anna Bona; brother Dr. Richard (late Frances) Bona; sisters Dorothy Bona and Anna Mae (late Arthur) Wisowaty; half-brother Sylvan Rhode; and half-sister Irene Rhode.
Miss Bona was employed by War Assets Administration in Hammond, IN, Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago, IL, and Civilian Personnel Office headquartered in Washington D.C. She retired from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services in Chicago, IL. She was employed by the Federal Government for 37 years. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, St. Andrew Polish Choir, Alter and Rosary Society and American Legion Auxiliary Post 330.
Helen’s life revolved around her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. You would always find Helen in the yard playing games, in the toy room or swimming pool, or at the kids’ table. “Her kids” were her top priority! Helen had “exquisite” taste and loved elegant parties with martinis and champagne. Every party, dinner, or gift was the best one she’d ever attended or received, and you could always expect a hand-written Thank You card. Helen truly was an angel among us.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9:30am from Castle Hill Funeral Home, 248 155th Place, Calumet City, IL 60409 to St. Andrew the Apostle Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment services at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 – 7:00 pm and Monday from 8:45 until time of services at the funeral home. For information call (708) 862-4480 or visit www.castlehillfuneralhome.com.