Vera Kathryn Gion
February 14, 1924 – November 24, 2019
Vera Kathryn Gion was born February 14th 1924, to Carl and Susanne (Seiler) Loh, on the Loh Homestead 4 miles northwest of Lefor, North Dakota. Vera attended grades 1st through 8th in a country school near Lefor. Vera went on to help on the farm and took a job helping a family with cooking and cleaning.
While at a Lefor dance, Vera met the love of her life, Edward Gion. The two married on October 9th 1945, at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Lefor. They started out farming just outside of Regent, North Dakota. While Ed tended to the farm, Vera tended to five children and keeping house.
Vera and Ed packed up and moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 1960, where Vera took a job at the VFW as a waitress. Vera’s number one customer was Ed. In 1967, they moved again to Castleton, North Dakota, helping Ed start their own feed and fertilizer company. In 1968, Vera and Ed moved the family (now with seven children) to Renton, Washington, where Ed started at Boeing. Vera held a couple part-time jobs in the 1970’s, working at a t-shirt company and cleaning offices, but her most important job was as a stay-at-home mom.
Vera is survived by her seven children (Donna Jahnke, Francis Gion, Byron Gion, Brenda Roth, Edward A. Gion, Albert Gion & Vera Girard), her 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. Vera is preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Gion, parents Carl and Susanna Loh, brothers Joe & Donald Loh, sister Margaret Cone and 1 grandchild Amanda Gion.
Vera’s passion in life was her children and grandchildren. She loved to sing and dance (her and Ed belonged to the North Dakota Dance Club) and she loved to cook and bake.
- Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Funeral Mass Friday, December 6, 2019
- Graveside Service Friday, December 6, 2019
Vera Kathryn Gion
Jerri Zimmerman Wood
November 30, 2019
Vera always made me feel loved and welcomed. Her hugs and kisses, her laughter, her stories, her recipes. She had the endless energy when it came to her family. She loved her children, grandkids and great grandkids without limits. She always found something to brag about them. The ultimate cheerleader!!! For as much love and attention she and ‘Legs’ gave to their kids the kids returned it to them 10 fold. Every parent should be as fortunate as they were. Vera was a devout Catholic, strong in her faith. Because of that I’m sure was in the express lane to enter the gates of Heaven. She and Ed are together again, forever! See you later, Vera!