Ione Mary Engelland, 92, of Venice, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug.17, 2014.
She was born June 20, 1922, in Elyria, Ohio, to Claude and Grayce Geisel. Ione graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1940, and Bowling Green State University Class, of 1944, where she received a B.S. in education and was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity .
While at Bowling Green, she met William R. Engelland. They were married in 1946 and settled in Elyria, Ohio. Ione was a well-regarded kindergarten teacher in the city schools. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Elyria, Ohio, and sang in the church choir.
She was actively involved in many Elyria organizations, including the Jaycee-ettes, Community Concert Association, YWCA, Junior Women’s Club and Elyria Red Cross board. She was a docent at The Hickories Museum and a volunteer at Elyria Memorial Hospital.
Ione and Bill moved to Venice, Fla., in 1984 to enjoy their retirement years. She threw herself into many activities.
She became very involved with Epiphany Cathedral, where she sang in the choir and was a funeral planner, a contributor to the Epiphany Star and a member of the Bible Faith Sharing group.
She also joined the Venice Musicale and sang with the Encore mixed chorus for 10 years. She never lost her passion for bridge, dancing, a good book or a dip in the pool or the Gulf.
She is survived by her children, Brian (Barbara) Engelland, of Washington, D.C., Deanne (Richard) Taylor, of Peoria, Ariz., Rick (Ginny) Engelland, of Northville, Mich., and Brad (Jon) Engelland of Laguna Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Jay Geisel, of La Connor, Wash.
Ione was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 2004; her son Jurgen; her parents; and her brother Charles Geisel.
The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Ione’s caregiver, Else Albert, for her dedicated care and companionship.
Services: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Epiphany Cathedral, Venice, Fla., with inurnment at Gulf Pines Memorial Park at a later date. Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. To leave the family your thoughts, memories and condolences on the online guestbook, visit Kays-Ponger.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to Epiphany Cathedral, 350 W. Tampa Ave., Venice FL 34285.