Madonna Pankonin, of Brook Park, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at GracePointe Crossing West Gables of Cambridge. She was 81 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Akkerman Ingbrand chapel of Mora.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday.
Madonna Louise Pankonin of Brook Park, MN passed away on March 10, 2012, at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge, MN after courageously battling illnesses since the age of seven.
Born Madonna Louise Balling on October 6, 1930, in Heron Lake, MN to Louis and Lucille (Radel) Balling, Madonna was the eldest of ten children.
Madonna was united in marriage to Lowell Luverne Pankonin on June 13, 1947. Four children were born of this union; Roger, Dennis, Eileen and Peggy. Madonna and Lowell lived in Nowthen, St. Francis, and Heron Lake, Minnesota before settling in Brook Park, Minnesota in 1971. Besides being a homemaker, Madonna worked for Anoka State Hospital, a restaurant in Anoka and at Fingerhut Manufacturing in Windom, MN, sewing car coats until she was injured on the job. Later in life many knew her for selling Princess House, Sarah Coventry, and Avon. Madonna has always had a love of nature and enjoyed planting trees, flowers and raising a large vegetable garden each year. She canned the majority of her harvest and generously shared it with family and friends. She loved to feed the birds and other wildlife that came into her yard. She also enjoyed painting, sewing, fishing, and hunting. Madonna had many favorite outings – Birthday Club with her many “women” friends, family reunions with her many relatives, cookouts with the kids, and was a welcome figure at the various local coffee spots in Mora. Madonna was always ready and willing to help family and friends. She had a caring heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Madonna was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Lucille Balling; husband Lowell Pankonin, brothers, Curtis and Richard Balling, sister, Betty Thompson, grandson, Scott Sutherland and granddaughter, Deana Pankonin.
Madonna is survived by two sons, Roger (Phyllis) Pankonin of Brook Park, Dennis (Linda) Pankonin of Mora; two daughters, Eileen (Duane) Carlson of Isanti, and Peggy Avila of Denton, TX; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Bernard (Diane) Balling of Milbank, SD, Maynard (Helen) Balling of Courtland, OH, Carroll (Vicki) Balling of Royalton, MN, Gerald (Nancy) Balling of Bovey, MN, Mark (Lana) Balling of Pengilly, MN; and one sister, Colleen (Glenn) Fisk of Royalton, MN, plus many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
Funeral service held on March 16, 2012 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Linda Fouts officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Scott Sutherland, Arthur Avila, Gabe Pankonin, Heather Coleman, Becky Baumann, Jessica Raymond, Garey Pankonin and Deana Pankonin. Inurnment will be at a later date at Red Rock Cemetery in Jeffers, Minnesota.