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Zella Gonyea

October 20, 1922 — April 20, 2023

Zella N. Gonyea, 100, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Jamieson Nursing Home in Harrisville. Born October 20, 1922, to Ross and Amelia (Ostrum) Donaldson in Barton City, she has been a lifelong resident of Alcona County. On January 31, 1941, she married George Gonyea. A devoted homemaker, Zella worked on the family farm raising and milking dairy cows, and tending to sheep and poultry. She loved animals and birds, especially canaries and parakeets. Zella is survived her daughter-in-law Kathleen Gonyea, ten grandchildren, Carl Hendricks, Jeff (Lori) Hendricks, Al (Lisa) Hendricks, Randy Donovan, Rhonda (Jeff) Gehring, Kerry (Mike Anderson) Gonyea, Ronald (Amy) Gonyea Jr., Kendall (Doug) Nedo, Matt (Andrea Caraher) Gonyea, and Kandace (Shane) Bowman, 20 great grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Glenda Donaldson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 6, 1999, two daughters, Gloria Hendricks and Diane Donovan, two sons, Stanley Gonyea and Ron Gonyea Sr., her granddaughter, Karen Gonyea, two sisters Mildred Tibor and Margaret Lenz, and three brothers, Leslie, Orval “Joe” and Bernard Donaldson. Zella is at Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln, where visitation will be Sunday, April 30, 2023, from 11:00 until the service at 12:00 PM. Chaplain Karen Orban will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Barton City. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Zella Gonyea, please visit our flower store.


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