June 17, 2013


Nona Mae O'Connor, 89, of Wall Lake, Iowa, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake. Burial was at Wall Lake Cemetery in Wall Lake.

Farber and Otteman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nona Mae Schroeder was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Arcadia, Iowa, to Frank and Louise (Aschinger) Schroeder. She was raised on a farm south of Odebolt and attended St. Martin Catholic Elementary School. She graduated from Odebolt High School in 1940.

Nona Mae married John "Joe" Heidenreich on Sept. 23, 1952, in Wall Lake. They were blessed with two children: Holly and Joe. Joe died in 1954, Nona Mae married Bert O'Connor on June 12, 1965. Nona Mae gained six stepchildren with this union: Tom, Gail, Kitsy, Joni, Jeani and Roseann.

Nona Mae, Holly and Joe lived in Wall Lake with her parents until moving to Carroll from 1962-1965 when Nona Mae worked at Carroll County State Bank. They moved to Sac City in 1965, and Nona Mae became a full-time homemaker. She loved spending time with her birthday club "girls," playing golf and bridge, dancing and traveling. She was an active member of St. Mary Parish and a volunteer at Sac City Library and Loring Hospital. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Nona Mae is survived by her children: Holly (Bob) Heaton of Del Mar, Calif., and Joe (Jane) Heidenreich of Odebolt, Iowa; grandchildren: John Heidenreich of Leavenworth, Kan., Molly (Ryan) Woerdehoff of Wall Lake, Iowa, Tom (Megan) Heidenreich of Vacaville, Calif., Emily Heaton of Chicago, Ill., Anne Heaton of San Diego, Calif., and Mark Heidenreich of Rochester, Minn.; great-granddaughter Charlotte Heidenreich of Vacaville, Calif.; stepchildren: Tom (Ann) O'Connor, Gail (Doug) Kerans, Kitsy Martin, Joni (Doug) Carlson, Jeani (Mike) Green, and Roseann (Dana) Buckingham; 17 stepgrandchildren; brothers: Gus (Lil) Schroeder of Wall Lake, Iowa, and Darrell (Thelma) Schroeder of Odebolt, Iowa; sister Marge Albrecht of Wall Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law: Mary Schroeder of Wall Lake, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Nona Mae was preceded in death by her husbands: John (Joe) Heidenreich in 1954 and Bert O'Connor in 1987; brothers: Norman (Ardis) Schroeder and Clayton Schroeder; and brother-in-law Dale Albrecht.