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Ramona Barney Schaafsma

February 25, 1929 - July 29, 2021

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Obituary For Ramona Barney Schaafsma

Ramona (Mona) Barney Schaafsma, 92 of St. Anne, IL, passed away on July 29, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1929 in Kankakee, IL, the daughter of Floyd and Flora Price Barney.

Mona Barney married Eugene Schaafsma on Sept. 30, 1949 at First Reformed Church of Wichert. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2018.

After graduating from Kankakee High School at age 17, Mona worked in the County Clerk's office at the Kankakee County Courthouse for 9 years.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking many types of food from her large number of cookbooks. Mona may have invented “scotcheroos” and baked delicious pies. She also never met a butter that she didn’t like.

Mona loved watching her sons play sports. She also challenged herself with cake decorating, sewing, reading, and keeping track of her and her husband’s genealogy. Mona enjoyed traveling with her family on yearly vacations. Later on, she and her husband took many cruises together.

Surviving are her children, Julie (Chris) Miller; Gerry (Kathy) Schaafsma; Jim (Jennifer) Schaafsma; and Paul Schaafsma. She was a fun-loving grandmother to Karin (Joshua Gross) Miller, Sarah (Jeff) Dunifon, Emma (Andrew) Schoenbeck and their daughter, Isla, Hannah (Fedhii) IsraelMarie, Ryan Schaafsma, and Ava Schaafsma, Tyler (Emily Kutil) Schaafsma, Graham Schaafsma, Genna Schaafsma, and Jake Schaafsma. She has a surviving sister and brother-in-law, Maria (Ron) Glasgow and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Preceding her in her death were her parents, one sister, Ilene (Harry) Dykstra, and a grandson, Reed Schaafsma.

A private memorial service will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home in Raleigh, NC. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Wichert, Illinois.

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