Obit: VandeBerg, Zona (1922 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: VandeBerg, Raine, Witt,
Farrington, Antonacci, Evenson
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 3, 2010
VandeBerg, Zona (21 April 1922 - 23
Zona (Raine) VandeBerg, 87, died a t her
home Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, in Madison following several years of
struggling with Parkinson’s disease.
She was born April 21, 1922, in
Neillsville at the home of her parents, Alfred and Elsie
Raine. She was baptized in the Neillsville Methodist Church
and graduated as co-salutatorian of the Neillsville High School
Class of 1940. Zona graduated from the Madison Business
College, following which she was employed as a stenographer/typist
at the FBI in Washington, DC until her marriage to Gale VandeBerg
in August of 1943. They then lived in Dorchester, where her
husband was a high school teacher from 1943 - 1945. They then
moved to Appleton where he served as county/university-extension
agent until 1954, and Zona served for a period as secretary to
insurance executive and State Senator Gordon Bubolz. They
then moved to Madison where he served as a professor on the
Zona, with her husband, especially loved
traveling with her children and grandchildren. She compiled
separate notebooks for each of her three children of over a dozen
of their most extensive travels with narratives of each day, plus
pictures and mementos - such as several trips to Hawaii, to the
Yukon and Alaska, to Washington D. C., to winter times in Florida,
to the national parks, to many of the states and to Europe as well
as Wisconsin’s best and most scenic offerings. Zona
devoted her life to rearing their children and managing the family
affairs, allowing her husband to devote most of his energies to his
profession. Her children and grandchildren were the beneficiaries
of her famous culinary skills and skills as a seamstress. She left
each of her three children individual handwritten detailed
anecdotes and pictures of their lives from their birth through
their graduation from the University of Wisconsin. She also
left a special pictorial and written history of several generations
of her own birth family.
She will be remembered for her
gentleness, for her quiet compassion and her love and devotion to
her children and the well-being of her family. Zona was a
member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison. She
enjoyed her experiences as a Sunday school teacher, a Cub Scout
leader and a volunteer 4-H leader.
She is survived by her husband and by her
children, Sharon (Ron) Witt, Kenosha, John (Jane) VandeBerg, San
Antonio, TX and Jerry (Keiko) VandeBerg of Madison; and by seven
grandchildren, Lisa Witt, Reedsburg, Christina (Witt) Farrington,
Kenosha, Vanessa (Witt) Antonacci, Watertown, Amy (Witt) Evenson,
Hartland, Jason (Alicia) VandeBerg and James (Lauren) VandeBerg of
San Antonio and Jay VandeBerg of Madison plus 13
Her parents and her sister, Lela Raine,
preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at 11
a.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church, Madison, with
visitation one hour prior to the service. A private burial service
was held at Madison’s Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to The Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison 53705; Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison 53711; or the Oakwood Foundations at 6201 Mineral Point Rd, Madison 53705.
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