Ramona C. Prior

Ramona Prior of Pine City passed away at FirstLight Health Systems in Mora at the age of 90.

Ramona C. Odendahl was born April 13, 1929, to Lampert and Eva (Miller) Odendahl in Pokegama Township.  She attended Green Valley, a small country school, from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Ramona attended and graduated from Pine City High School in 1946.

Ramona worked for various families during her high school years for room and board. On Nov. 7, 1946, Ramona married Loren Prior. They were blessed with five children; Larry, Lorna, Steve, Dan and Michelle. Over the years, she took in many children to care for; this enabled her to stay home and raise her children. Once the children were all in school, Ramona was busy working cleaning houses. In 1974, she was hired to work in the kitchen at Pine City Schools and continued working at the school until her retirement in 1991.

In May of 1992 Loren passed away; she stayed in the family home until 1998. In May of 1998 Ramona had an auction and moved to Hillside Court.

Ramona is survived by her son Larry (Boni) Prior of Rosemount, daughter Michelle (Michael) Finger of Key West, Florida, sister-in-law Brenda Prior of Humboldt, Texas; sons-in-law  Dave Lee of Wickenberg, Arizona and Neil DeBruin of Key West, Florida; grandchildren:  Sherry, Bill (Laurie), Tina (Tim), Tara, Craig, Eric (Ale), Melissa (Dwight); great-grandchildren:  Austin, Ryan, Mariah, Kortney, Malori, Cole, Tricia, Charlesa, Jack, Carter and Caleb; great-great-grandson Isaiha;  sister Joan Curran of St. Paul; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ramona was preceded in death by her parents Lampert and Eva Odendahl, husband Loren, children Lorna Lee, Steve Prior and Dan Prior; granddaughter Jessalyn Prior; siblings Bud, Al, Earl, Paul, Keith, Clair, Bob, Peg, Shirley and infant twin brother.

Monsignor Aleksander Suchan celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for Ramona Wednesday, May 8 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment took place at the Brook Park Cemetery in Brook Park.

Funeral arrangements for Ramona Prior are entrusted to:  Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City – Swanson Chapel. www.FuneralAndCremationService.com.

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