Ona Mae Voelkel, 83, passed away on September 4, 2023, after a short battle with bladder cancer. She passed away at River Bend Assisted Living in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by her loved ones.
Ona was born to Virgil and Mary Carter on October 24, 1939, in Fairview Heights, IL. She united in marriage with her high school sweetheart, Stan Voelkel, on October 2, 1959, in Edgemont, IL. Soon after, they moved to Cedar Rapids, IA, where they had their first two children, Jon and Jamie. In 1968, they moved to Delphos, Ohio, where they expanded their family by two, welcoming Jill and Jason. After nine years in Ohio, the family moved to Le Center, MN, where she worked for WINCO and helped Stan run their company, Ready Power. After raising their children, she spent her last working years connecting with and helping people as a sales associate at Herberger’s and a student van driver for Saint’s Bus Service.
Ona loved decorating and always dressed up her home for each holiday and season. She took her passion for decorating and started a flower and design business during her time in Ohio, where she created flower arrangements for weddings and receptions. Her other passions included shopping for many collectibles, such as amethyst glass and Elvis memorabilia. She owned three classic cars throughout her life, her favorite being the cherry red 1960 Chevy Impala convertible. She enjoyed going to car shows and being a member of the Mankato/St. Peter, MN Impala Club, National Impala Association, and the Auto Restorers Car Club of Southern Minnesota. Above all, she enjoyed the precious moments with her friends and family. Although, family bingo could get a little rowdy.
Her loving husband, Stan, and her parents preceded her in death.
Ona is survived by her four children, Jon (Pam) Voelkel, Jamie (Thomas) Berry, Jill (Rusty) Taber, and Jason (Amy) Voelkel, as well as her ten grandchildren, Kaitlin (Michael), Amanda, Jacob (Emily), Bryce, Danielle, Megan, Allison, Marissa, Carter, and Harrison, and three great-grandchildren, KayLee, Kayden, and Madison, whom she all loved deeply.
A celebration of Ona’s life will be held on Friday, October 6, 2023, at the American Legion Post 108 Reception Hall in Le Center, MN. The open house will run from 3 PM until 6 PM, with a small service beginning at 4 PM.
Memories and condolences of Ona may be shared at rochestercremationservicesmn.com