Ione Cora Steele, 95, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Heritage Lakeside in Rice Lake, Wis.

Ione was born Aug. 28, 1924, to Dock and Elvida Davis in the town of Sioux Creek, Wis. She attended two years of high school at Dallas, Wis., and graduated from Chetek High School in 1941 and Barron County Normal in 1943. She later took courses through the university at Eau Claire, Wis. She taught at Sioux Creek School until her marriage to Orla Steele in 1945.

Ione and Orla farmed and raised their family in that community until retiring in 1974 to Chetek. Throughout the years, she was very involved in the work of the Barron County Association for the Developmentally Disabled where she served on the executive committee, wrote funding grants for work projects and a HUD grant for residential housing. She was appointed administrative director during the construction of their two residential housings; Agricove at Cameron, and Barc Lane at Chetek. She also served a term as state regional chairman. While on staff at Barron County Developmental Disabilities Services, she initiated, under the auspices of that program, a sales outlet with her clients known as the Knot Shoppe in downtown Barron. She was an avid reader and held a special interest in religion, astronomy, decorating and growing daylilies.

Ione is survived by her son, Rod (Ada) Steele; daughters Candy (Gary) Truman and Arla Jo (Scott) Losey; grandchildren, Jason Johnson, Justin Johnson, Misti Jones, Amy Ricci and Bailey Ducommun; she is further survived by six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Orla; daughter, Lisa; brothers, Jesse and Arthur; sisters, Sylvia (Alfred) Neilson, Darma (Havey) Bovan and baby sister, Theoda.

There will be a private graveside service held for family.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at

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