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Nona J. Johanns obituary

Published on November 1, 2017 12:01AM

Nona Johanns

Nona Johanns


Phoenix, Arizona

April 18, 1921 — Sept. 10, 2017

Nona Jane Johanns passed away Sept. 10, 2017, in Glendale, Arizona. She was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, April 18, 1921, to Glenn and Mary Smith. Nona and her identical twin sister, Zona, grew up with their older brother, Richard. In 1951, Zona passed away at 30 years of age.

Nona attended school in Mitchell, South Dakota, graduating from high school in 1939. She attended South Dakota State College in Brookings, South Dakota, and Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, where she met her future husband, Charles (Chuck) Mooney, whom she married Jan. 10, 1942.

In 1946, after World War II, when Chuck returned from the European Theater, Nona, Chuck and their daughter, Jackie, moved to Seaside, Oregon, where Nona resided for 66 years. Their children, Susan and Mitchell (Mitch), were born in Seaside in the years that followed. Mr. Mooney was partner with the late Jim Cummings owning and operating C & M Construction in Seaside for 25 years. Chuck passed away in 1993.

As well as being a homemaker, Nona worked for the Seaside School District for 11 years. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, the American Contract Bridge League, Elks and Astoria Golf and Country Club. She was an avid golfer for over 50 years. On rainy days she played bridge (a “bridge nut”), and worked crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Nona married Lawrence (Larry) J. Johanns on Oct. 20, 1994. Mr. Johanns owned and operated the Seaside bumper cars. She continued to enjoy her life as the two families blended together. Larry passed away in 2006, and in 2012, Nona moved to Phoenix, Arizona.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jacqueline (Jackie) J. Olson of Wilsonville, Oregon, and Susan K. Sands of Phoenix, Arizona; her son, Mitchell (Mitch) K. Mooney of Frisco, Texas; one stepdaughter, Kristin Futter; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and two nieces and two nephews. She left a legacy of faith, love and integrity to those who survived her.

Remembrances may be made in her name to Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside.



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