Lenore Fonda

Lenore L. Fonda, of Mankato, Minnesota, died August 19, 2020 at Waters Edge Assisted Living. Funeral services will be at 1 pm on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel in Mankato with the Rev. Lindsay Conrad officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until time of services.

Lenore was born September 14, 1923, to Clyde and Mildred (Druet) Johnson, in Mesita, Colorado. She grew up in Colorado and Albia, Iowa. She graduated from Albia High School in 1941, Albia Junior College in 1943 and the University of Iowa in 1946 with a B.S. degree in Nursing. She married Robert W. Fonda on June 2, 1945, at the Methodist Church in Iowa City, Iowa. Lenore and her husband made their home in Rockwell City until 1969, when they moved to Mankato, Minnesota.

Lenore served 3 years on the Rockwell City School Board, was active in the Rockwell City Federated Womens Club and worked for the Iowa Dept. of Corrections from 1966 to 1971. In Minnesota, she worked for the Minnesota State Dept. of Health, Survey and Compliance Division, for 14 years, retiring in 1988. 

She has been active in PEO (Chapter E.G. in Rockwell City, Iowa and Chapter B.E. in Mankato), the Presbyterian Church, Anthony Wayne Chapter of D.A.R., Entre Nous Study Club, Mankato Literary Club, Hot Meals On Wheels Program and served on the Board of Directors of the Echo Food Shelf and Auxiliary Board of Mankato Lutheran Home.

Lenore will be sadly missed by many including, Daughter Sherry (Rick) Fisher of Mankato; son, Steve (Donna) Fonda of Greer, SC; 2 grandsons, Josh Blackman and Kyle Blackman of Mankato; 4 granddaughters, Kelly (Matt) Nordby of Charlotte, NC, Kaci Dannatt of St. Louis, MO, Stephanie (Anthony) Woody of Westminster, CO and Darci (Pablo) Ponce of League City, Texas; 5 great grandchildren, Sam, Ellie, Anna, Danerys and Duke. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Susan and brother Alvin.

Memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church, ECHO Food Shelf, PEO projects, DAR projects or Mayo Hospice.

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