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 Eleanor J. <I>Kelly</I> Gonka

Eleanor J. Kelly Gonka

Greater London, England
Death 18 Nov 2001 (aged 77)
Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 9267287 · View Source
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Daughter of Albert & Eleanor Janette (Perry) Kelly.
She was raised in London. During World War II she met William Gonka where they married on March 23, 1945 in England. In 1946 Eleanor was one of the first War Brides to arrive in Platte Co. Nebraska. Along with her husband they owned and operated the Ron De Voo Lounge in Columbus. They later sold the Lounge and built and managed the Redwood Motel in Osceola. They sold the Motel and bought the Columbus Monument Co. and operated the business until they retired in 1980. She was a homemaker and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by:

Husband: William Gonka of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Kathi Gonka of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Donna (Mike) Kruse of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Jennifer (Randy) Peterson of Paxton, NE
Son: Kenneth Gonka of Wilmington, NC
Sister: Jean (Alan) Sterling of Norfolk, England

Preceded in death by:

Father Albert Kelly
Mother Eleanor Janette Kelly
Infant Daughter Jackie Gonka
Infant Brother
2 Sisters

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  • Created by: Don
  • Added: 4 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9267287
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eleanor J. Kelly Gonka (3 Jun 1924–18 Nov 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9267287, citing Columbus Cemetery, Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Don (contributor 46558676) .