Iona M. Bergman Evans, 89

Posted on August 28, 2014

Iona M. Bergman Evans, 89, of Bluffton, went to her Heavenly Home Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
Born in Liberty Center Nov. 21, 1924, to William E. and Melissa (Hutchinson) Wiley, Iona married Homer Donald Bergman in Wells County Jan. 8, 1943; he preceded her in death May 31, 1989.  Iona later married Robert C. Evans in Bluffton Aug. 17, 1991; he survives.
A 1942 graduate of P. A. Allen High School, Iona was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bluffton for more than 50 years, where she was involved in many areas, including church dinners. She had worked at the Estey Piano Company in Bluffton and then for Franklin Electric for 16 years, retiring in 1988. 
Iona was a strong Christian woman and a devoted wife and mother who valued her family most of all.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, quilting, and spending many of her winters in Bradenton, Fla., with her husband. She was a talented cook, winning many pie contests, and will most be remembered for her selflessness and for her giving. 
Additional survivors include one son, Chris W. (Donna) Bergman of Plainfield; three daughters, Linda K. (Gene) Worman of Bluffton, Ardis Anne (Russ) Minton of Port Orange, Fla., and Jean (Yuki) Takahashi of Okayama, Japan; two stepdaughters, Char (Larry) Deck of Texas and Connie (Gary) Johnston of Colorado. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Jason Worman, Lance Worman, Carmen Bergman , Melissa Sage, John Patterson, George Takahashi, Tom Takahashi, Carlye Johnston, Nathan Minton, Megan Beckett, Lori Simber, Tyler Deck, and Landon Deck; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and one niece and one nephew.
Aside from her parents and first husband, Iona was preceded in death by one brother, Besonia Wiley; one sister, Ermina Rosalene Wiley; and one nephew.
A memorial service in celebration of Iona’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Bluffton, with Pastor Marcia Cline officiating. Friends and family are welcome to visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday. Burial will be at Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton at a later date.
Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton has been entrusted with Iona’s funeral arrangements.
Per Iona’s request, in lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Bluffton, Wells County Historical Society, or the Wells County Food & Clothing Bank.
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