Luanne Jean Okoneski

Born: Tue., Dec. 20, 1949
Died: Thu., Mar. 19, 2015


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 22, 2015
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Mar. 23, 2015
Location: Epiphany Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Mar. 23, 2015
Location: Epiphany Lutheran Church

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Luanne J. Okoneski, age 65, passed away on Thursday March 19, 2015 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. Luanne was born in Graytown, Ohio on December 20, 1949, the daughter of Leonard and Alice (Frederick) Iffland. She was a 1967 graduate of Clay High School and attended the University of Toledo. She was a member of the group "Good and Plenty". They toured the Eastern U.S. for many years, but enjoyed most of their success in the Boston area, where she met her first husband, Ian McKinley. Luanne devoted all of her life to music. For 20 years she was a member of Choraliers in Oregon, Ohio, eventually becoming the director of their music and choreography. Luanne also loved acting and comedy, and even did an impromptu standup and a song to a standing ovation while on a cruise. She participated in several plays with the Oregon Community Theater. One of her favorite and most prestigious roles was “Dolly”. But, most of all, Luanne really loved her church, where she loved to share her many talents. She was the Worship and Music director at All Saints Lutheran Church, and inspired by pastor Chuck Campbell, started the contemporary service. Professionally, Luanne was a Medical Office Manager. She had many hobbies. But she mostly liked to knit, particularly at Yarn Cravin’. She was an avid OSU Buckeyes and Detroit Tigers fan. Most cherished to her was her family, as she was proud “Nana” to her four grandchildren. Her dog, Carmen, was always by her side.
Luanne was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her loving husband, Michael Okoneski; sons Ryan (Abbey) and Jared (Kelly) Okoneski; grandchildren Ella, Gavin, Brooklynn and Easton Okoneski, and sister, Phyllis Walczyk. She also loved her “sons” Ricardo (Julianne) Skalee and Gui Deczka, both exchange students from Brazil. Luanne had numerous great friends, knitting buddies and traveling buddies.
Family and friends may visit Sunday March 22, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at the W. K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo where visiting will begin after 10 a.m. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Elliston Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.  

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Ron Davis
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
My deepest sympathy to you Mike and all your family. Luanne was such a vital person with lifelong enthusiasm and talent. I feel blessed to have known her and experienced her many talents through Oregon Community Theatre over several years. She will always be "our Dolly". Her humor, energy, and positive attitude were contagious and so appreciated. We hold fast to her memory forever. Ron Davis

Connie & Gordon Ward
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Dear Mike...We were shocked to learn of Luanne's death, and regret we couldn't attend either the visitation or funeral. We'll miss her sparkling personality and great musicianship.
connie & gordon ward

Mary Mortemore
   Posted Mon March 23, 2015
Dear Mike,
Luanne was one of the first people I met when I joined Choraliers many years ago. Her talents were amazing whether on stage or directing. It was a real joy to reconnect with Luanne and to meet you at All Saints. My sympathy goes out to you and your family in the loss of this fun, caring, gifted lady.
Mary Mortemore

Sally Palmer
   Posted Wed March 25, 2015
I was saddened to hear about Mrs. Okoneski's passing. I remember her well as Jared's mom because I was Jared's third grade teacher. I was always impressed with her caring concern, support and friendliness. I still wear a lovely red knitted hat that she made for me as a gift. I treasure it and wore it a lot during the cold weather this winter. It will be a reminder of a lovely lady. I met Brooklyn one day when I was at Frank and I thought how much I was sure that her grandmother must enjoy her. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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