MEXICO, NY – Iona “Sandy” Yablonski, 93, of 11 North Street, Apt. 7, Mexico, died Saturday, October 19, 2013, at her home.
She was born May 22, 1920, a daughter of the late Marshall and Viola (McQuaid) Jones.
She was a graduate of Mexico High School, class of 1938.
She was encouraged by one of her high school English teachers to continue her education and she wanted to attend college in Boston.
However, as the country was still mired in The Great Depression, she had no money and entered into the workforce instead.
She had, in her younger days, lived in Oswego above the former Fred’s News and in Fulton while working in several factories and stores in the 1940s.
Sandy had lived in Mexico since 1955. She lived most her life on Fravor Road, before moving to an apartment on Ames Street and finally North Street in the late 1980s.
She retired from Mexico High School after more than 25 years of service.
She was of Irish and Native American blood and equally proud of both.
Mrs. Yablonski was a very loving and giving person. She hardly bought things for herself, but was generous with others.
She loved all animals, especially cats.
Sandy was a voracious reader, reading anything she could get her hands on. She mostly enjoyed books about history and a good mystery.
She loved to keep up on the news, from local to international and was always ready to offer her views on anything.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Ellis “Peanut” Johnson and Joseph Yablonski; a daughter, Bonnie Niles; a son, Eugene Johnson; her sister, Mildred Recore; her brother, Floyd Jones; and a great-great-grandson.
Surviving: son and daughter-in-law, Stefan and Ann Yablonski of Oswego; daughter, Nancy Vendetti of Florida; three stepsons, Leonard, Michael and Richard Yablonski; four grandsons, Thomas Vendetti, Rae Johnson, Eric and Ryan Johnson; one granddaughter, Robin (Niles) Fletcher; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many, many, friends.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday October 23 at the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Ave., Mexico.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Ann Mother of Mary Catholic Church, Main Street, Mexico.
Burial will be in Mexico Village Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY; or a charity of one’s choice.