Ione AndersonIone Donna Faye (Schonberger) Anderson was born on July 29, 1924 in Buffalo, ND to Roman and Lora (Groth) Schonberger. During her youth she attended schools in Litchville, Chaffee, Casselton, and graduated from Wheatland in 1942. After high school, Ione attended Interstate Business College in Fargo. She worked in the Bonding Department at the State Capitol in Bismarck and then the State Seed Department on the NDSU campus in Fargo. Ione was united in marriage to Vernal Leo Anderson on Sept. 12, 1948. They lived in Edgeley from 1950 until 1953 when they moved to Vernal’s grandparents’ farm southwest of Gwinner where they farmed and raised their three children. They lived there until Vernal’s passing in 1987. Ione continued to live on the home place until 1995. Besides helping on the farm, Ione worked as a clerk at the Post Office in Gwinner and Forman for 20 years. She also served on the REC Board at RSR Electric in Milnor from 1987 to 1995. In 1995 Ione moved to Valley City, where she kept active quilting with the Good Samaritans Quilters at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Grace Free Lutheran Church. She also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, eating noon meals, visiting, and various activities at the Senior Center. From 2006 until the present she lived at Bethany Towers in Fargo.
She is survived by a daughter, Dallas (Kevin) Carpenter of Gillette, WY; two sons, Kevin (Karen) Anderson of Gwinner, ND; Vern (Deborah) Anderson of Fargo, ND; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marcell (Howard) Wergeland of Moorhead, MN. Ione was preceded in death by her husband, Vernal; her parents; two sisters; and a brother.