PARK RAPIDS — Ione Mae Katchie, age 89, of Park Rapids, formerly of Brainerd. Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Watertown, S.D., to Mary (Knadle) Ostroot to F.M. Ostroot. They lived in Vienna, S.D., until 1930 when they moved to Aitkin, Minn., and in 1933 the family moved to St. Cloud, Minn. Ione graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 1939, and from St. Cloud State College in 1941 with a degree in elementary education.
Ione taught in various rural schools and Foley Public School for 15 years. Ione married Archie Katchie in 1947 and they moved to Foley, Minn. Together they had four daughters but she continued to teach school. In 1956 the family moved to Brainerd, Minn., where she started and taught preschool until 1968 when she began to teach fifth grade at St. Andrews Parochial School. When the school closed in 1968, she moved to St. Francis School where she taught for 19 years, retiring in 1987.
In 1988 she moved to a small farm near Menahga, Minn., where she spent her time cooking, reading, ice fishing and enjoyed feeding the birds and tending flower gardens.
Ione is preceded in death by her parents, Fern and Mary Ostroot; infant daughter, Mary; beloved best friend, Leon Shepersky. She will be deeply missed by her daughters, Wendy (Jeff) Hertel, Anne Tuomi, Kari (David) Gordon; grandchildren, Shari Hagen-Hertel, Jesse Huber, Sara Huber, and Alec Endres; great-grandchildren, Jade VanSickle, C.J. Hanson, Levi Hagen, Braelynn Fay Endres; brother, Gerald (Elaine) Ostroot.
A memorial service for Ione will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Thursday.
Family being served by:
Funeral Home and Cremation Care
Brainerd, (218) 829-3581 www.halvorson-johnson.com