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2017-08-11 / Obituaries

Ione Marie Johnson Falk

Ione Marie Johnson Falk, 79, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. Ione was born on September 15, 1937 in Cook the daughter of Peter and Irene (Meizo) Skraba. She grew up in Greaney graduating Salutatorian from Orr High School.  She was married to Rodney Johnson for seventeen years and they were blessed with five children.  Ione lived in Denver, CO for eight years before returning to Cook in 1965, where she has since resided.  She was a longtime dedicated housekeeper, cleaning some of her same customer’s homes for 30 years.  She married Ernest “Ernie” Falk in 1993 in Virginia City, NV. She was a committed member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook for over 60 years. Ione enjoyed baking, planting flowers, gardening, feeding and watching the birds, Bingo at the VFW, and looked forward to playing cards every day with her friends at the Pioneer Building.  She especially cherished her children and grandchildren, always making each one feel special, never forgetting a birthday, or special event. She was a devoted, strong mother and doting grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by son, Rocky Johnson; brother, Eugene Skraba; sister, Sandra Fish; best friend, Shirley Cheney. Ione is survived by her Husband: Ernest “Ernie” Falk; Children: Jeffrey (Nena) Johnson of Oberlin, KS, Peter (Penny Soderbeck) Johnson of Cook, MN, Renee (Jim) Powers of Virginia, MN, Rhonda (Travis Taylor) Niemi of Cook, MN; Brother: Peter (Martha) Skraba of Lake City, MI; 16 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren (with another one on the way); numerous special extended family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends was for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Father Fred Method was the celebrant. St. Mary’s Funeral Choir sang with Marjorie Miller providing the accompaniment.  A reception in Ione’s honor was held in the church social hall immediately after the service.  Interment will follow in the Field Township Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  To sign the online guestbook, or to leave a condolence for the family, go to:   www.mlakerfuneralhome.com

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