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In Memory of Ione McDonell


5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, and one hour prior to the mass at church on Thursday

Funeral Services

2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson

Ione Esther McDonell, age 97 of Hudson, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 29 with her family by her side, at Red Cedar Canyon.  Ione was born March 11, 1921 in Chippewa Falls, WI to Henry and Eda (Larson) Willi. On November 30, 1942, Ione was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Patrick McDonell in South Mills, NC. The couple were blessed with four children. In 1950, they moved to the Hudson area. 

Ione loved spending time with family and friends. She was fond of baking and her cookies, cakes and pies were present at every family gathering. Ione enjoyed quilting, going on walks, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings as a season ticket holder. She was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, assisted with the Ladies Guild, participated in bible studies, and volunteered at the Christian Community Home.

Ione is survived by her children, Nancy (Ken) Hasledalen of Hudson, Susan (Wayne) Skogen of Gilbert AZ, Michael (Becky) McDonell of Hudson, and Thomas McDonell of Silver Lake, MN; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard “Buni” Willi; sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Patrick; great granddaughter, Madyson Schmidt; her parents; six brothers and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial for Ione will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 2nd at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson. Visitation 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday August 1st at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, as well as one hour prior to the mass at church on Thursday. Interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Memorials are preferred.

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    • So Sorry to see this about your Dear Sweet Beautiful Mom.. I thought your Mom and Dad were the GREATEST. My Prayers are with you and your Family. God Bless. Steve & Rita Adams.

    • so sorry she was such a wonderful lady and person she always had a smile and when there was a event and you happen to attend the event she always made time for you and always made you feel like you did matter wonder if heaven serves lukefish mom always enjoy getting together with ione and dale and the rest of them for the little luncheons and times to visit it was a honor to have this special lady in my life
      reset in peace Aunt ione
      love janna

    • Ione was one of the sweetest people I knew. She always had a
      laugh or smile on her face. She was a good friend of my mother’s
      Lilah Brown. It was fun when I saw her we always had a lot to
      talk about.
      Rest in peace Ione.
      Donna Christensen