Ione was born in Boyceville, WI on October 5, 1925, the daughter of the late Clare and Vivien (Welch) Throne. Her family moved to Fremont and began attending Parfreyville Methodist Church. There she met James Holman and they were married on February 11, 1949. They worked side by side on their dairy farm, nine miles south of Waupaca. Here they raised their family. Together they sold vegetables, Ione in Clintonville and Jim in Shawano until they decided to just sell in Shawano. Ione and Jim traveled to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. Together they did Prison Ministry at Oxford, WI. They became Snowbirds in Mission, TX. where they loved square-dancing, rock hounding, playing shuffleboard and various card games. She always put her family first, and nothing made her happier than when her entire family gathered together.
Ione is survived by her daughters, Grace (Richard) Piechowski, Waupaca and Ruth Holman, Menasha; her grandchildren: Sandra (Alan) Cordes, Waupaca; James Piechowski, Milwaukee; Alicia (Ben) Wallin, Brodhead and Michelle Holman, Stoughton and her three great-grandchildren: Jameson, Hudson and Grayson Wallin. Ione is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim; her son, Kirk; a sister, Velma Dawson and her brother and sisters-in-law, Lois (George) Snyder, Lucy (Don) Bacon and John Holman.
The Funeral Service will be on Friday, September 2 at 11 a.m. at Parfreyville United Methodist Church, Waupaca, with Reverend Eric Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Parfreyville Cemetery, Town of Dayton. Visitation will be on Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are greatly appreciated to the Parfreyville United Methodist Church.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Bethany Home and Dr. Paul Sletten for their care and concern for Ione. Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.