Ione graduated from Elyria High School, the 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. Ione was a well-regarded kindergarten teacher in the city schools.
She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Elyria and sang in the church choir. She was actively involved in many Elyria organizations including Jaycee-ettes, Community Concert Association, YWCA, Junior Women’s Club, Elyria Red Cross Board, a docent at the Hickories Museum and a volunteer at the Elyria Memorial Hospital.
Ione and Bill moved to Venice, Florida 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, 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, DC, Deanne (Richard) Taylor of Peoria, Arizona, Rick (Ginny) Engelland of Northville, Michigan and Brad (Jon) Engelland of Laguna Beach, California; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and her brother, Jay Geisel of La Connor, Washington.
Ione was preceded in death by her husband, William in 2004; son, Jurgen; her parents; and her brother, Charles Geisel.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M., Friday, August 22, 2014 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, with inurnment at Gulf Pines Memorial Park at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to Epiphany Catherdral, 350 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285.
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Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.