Nona M. Gorman passed away on April 4, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to say goodbye at that time.
Nona Marie Gorman was born on March 12, 1928 in Bradford, PA to Glenn and Fern (Wheeler) Munn. Despite growing up during the depression, she had a happy childhood. Nona and her sister, Fran had many adventures they made sure their Father never found out about. She had a passion for dance and loved to dance on roller skates.
Nona graduated from Bradford High School and a few days later married Ted Baker. There were five daughters born to this union. They moved to California to work in the aerospace industry in the late 50’s. They later divorced.
Nona met the love of her life when she met Ron Gorman in the mid 60’s. They were to spend the next 53 years together until his death in September of 2019. They moved to his native Wisconsin shortly after they married and she adapted to the small town life. She was happiest being a homemaker and taking care of her family, whether Ron was farming, painting barns or working for the military. Somewhat to the surprise of them both, they welcomed yet another daughter to their union in 1968. Nona always said having a baby at 40 kept them young.
Nona loved to travel. When Ron retired, they sold their home, bought a motorhome and traveled to every state in the union except Hawaii, as well as spending time in Mexico and Canada. In her later years, she loved telling stories of the adventures they had during this time.
Nona was also an accomplished seamstress. She started soon after moving to Wisconsin when she made a wedding dress for the bride of a man Ron worked with. She went on to make several more, including a beautiful, ornate dress for her youngest daughter. Her failing vision forced her to abandon this talent after making her last wedding dress for her granddaughter.
Nona’s purpose in life had long been to care for Ron. When he passed, she no longer had a mission and her health failed quickly. She was able to spend her last holiday season with her family in Nevada but wanted to be back in Sparta as it was home to her.
Nona is survived by five daughters, Pamela DeAngelo of Henderson, N.V., Deborah (Charles) Amundson of Sparta, Kim (Michael) Gerke of Sparta, Robin (Tom) Walker of Plant City, Fla., and Carrie Siem of St. Michael, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Mark Wise of Nevada, Lisa Fucile of New York, Victor Peterson of Idaho, Heather Ellis of Idaho, Curtis Peterson of Idaho, Rick Stuessel of Wisconsin, Katie Waite of Wisconsin, Ron Clements of Arizona, Faith Stevens of Wisconsin, Justin Case of Florida, and Ethan Siem and McKenna Siem both of Minnesota; a brother, Harvey Munn, of Sparta; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Nona was preceded in death by her beloved Ron, her parents, sisters Fran and Shirley, as well as an infant daughter Penny.
Family would like to thank the Morrow Home community for the care she received there as well as the wonderful care she received at the end of her life at RBI Care of Sparta. Special thanks to Dr. Derek Woodward and Mayo Hospice Services for their caring and kindness.
The family will be celebrating her life from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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