Elva V. Roney

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 8, 1925
Date of Death:
Friday, May 10, 2019
Age:
94 years old

Visitation

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial Information

Elva's ashes will be buried in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah, IA on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00AM. All are welcome to attend.

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 8, 1925
Date of Death:
Friday, May 10, 2019
Age:
94 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, April 8, 1925
Date of Death:
Friday, May 10, 2019
Age:
94 years old

Elva V. Roney

Elva Roney, 94, of Rochester, MN, died on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Samaritan Bethany Care Center.

Elva was born April 8, 1925 to Herman “Hank” and Hannah (Jorgenson) Wangsness on the family farm in Springfield Township near Calmar, IA.

She graduated from Calmar High School in 1942. She then went to Luther College for two years and completed the teaching program. She taught for six years at four different one room country schools in the Decorah Iowa area. On May 13, 1945, she married Wallace Roney in Calmar, Iowa and they farmed in the Decorah and Cresco, IA areas until moving to Rochester in 1957. Elva was a retired 30+ year Montgomery Wards employee. She enjoyed being in her own home up until a month ago. Elva loved sitting on her deck on warm days and spent many hours on her computer Skyping with, and on her phone talking to, her sons and grandchildren that lived in Arizona and Nevada. She also was a loyal late-night Facebook friend to many family and friends. Another activity that she really enjoyed was crocheting baby blankets for newborns as part of the “Bundles of Love” project.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry (Linda) of Kasson, Allan (Karen) of Florence, AZ, Dale of Bullhead City, AZ and Kevin (Judy) of Rochester; six grandchildren, Brian Roney, Julie (Jay) Hoff, Sarah Roney, Dane (Mariah) Roney, Spencer Wentworth and Zabrina Roney; two great-grandchildren, AJ Hoff and Hannah Hoff; and one sister-in-law, Lorraine Wangsness of Decorah, IA.

Elva was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; daughter-in-law, Kim Roney; her parents; three brothers, Clifford (Mabel) Wangsness, Theodore (Olga) Wangsness and Ervin Wangsness; and two sisters, Beatrice (Joseph) Estrem and Viola (Arthur) Blegen.

A memorial service for Elva will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah, IA. All are welcome.

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The family of Elva V. Roney has received the following condolences.

JERRY AND FAMILY....WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ELVA.....


WE REMEMBER HER WITH GREAT MEMORIES.....


GROWING UP IN ROSE HARBOR...WHAT FUN WE HAD...


OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL....


GOD BLESS..


THE ANDERSONS FROM ROSE HARBOR....


DON MARILYN DEB VICKI CONNIE AND RANDY....


AND OUR FAMILIES......

I met Elva through Meals on Wheels, mowing her lawn and shoveling for the past 3 years.  She was always upbeat and was constantly crocheting her afghans for Bundles of Love.  Whenever I finished mowing or shoveling, she would always offer a snack of some sort.  It was a pleasure to serve her and I always tried to give her a hug before I left.  


I'm sorry I won't be at the service as I will be out of town at some training.  


She now has her angel wings in Heaven.  

Dearest Great Aunt Elva:


You were so loved and will be so missed. Thank you for being so good to my Grandpa, Lloyd Roney. At least now you will be reunited with him and the love of your life, Uncle Wally.


Deepest heartfelt condolences to your boys, Jerry, Dale, Allan and Kevin.

Edit my message as follows: “Vivian’s” should say visits, “Merry” should say My, “life vest” should say lives. Did spell check but autocorrect got me.

Great Aunt Elva was such a fun and loving part of our lives. Uncle Wally was my grandma, Elsie Yarwood’s little brother, and my parents were close to them my whole life. We had many Vivian’s both in Decorah and Rochester. They were my brother Roger’s baptismal sponsors. We enjoyed many camping weekends with them, Aunt Elva was always fun to be with. Merry husband Rick and I have a beautiful afghan she crocheted for us as a wedding gift. I will always treasure it. We feel so blessed to have had her in our lives. 


Sympathy to all of you who have lost your mom and grandma. Your life vest will seem empty for awhile, but your hearts never will be. Her love will always be with you. Rick and I plan to attend the burial on Saturday.