Tonawanda News


April 29, 2013

Elvira G. Monkelbaan

NORTH TONAWANDA — Elvira G. Monkelbaan passed away April 28, 2013 in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, at the age of 93. She was the only child of Leroy and Irene Holland.

As a graduate of North Tonawanda High School, Vi worked at Wurlitzer's during the war and in 1945, married Joseph R. Monkelbaan. After starting a family while living on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda, she and Joe moved to a farm in Pendleton to raise their five children. A busy homemaker, Vi was often a room mother in her children's classrooms and became a charter member of the Starpoint Central School's PTA.

Once her family was grown, Vi became an active member of the Pendleton Historical Society and Pendleton and Wendelville Senior Citizens groups.  An avid bowler until her mid-80s, Vi was a member of the Buffalo and Tonawanda Bowling associations and the WIBC.

A devout Catholic, Vi was a long-time member of the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. A love of music that began as a member of her high school choir led her to sing in church choirs and remained a source of enjoyment throughout her life.

Predeceased by her husband, Joseph R. and two sons, Joseph P. and Timothy J. Monkelbaan, she is survived by her daughters, Joan (late Fred) Brickell, Kathleen (Ken) Brickell and Nancy (Charles) Coleman. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tammy (James) Carter, Cynthia (Ken Ziolkowski) Brickell, Steven (Heidi) Coleman, Matthew (Jill Burt) Coleman and Wendy (Frank) Esposito, and six great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call Wednesday, May 1st from 3-7 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 2nd at 10 AM in Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Pendleton.  Interment will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. Donations to VFW Post 2535, 112 Caledonia St., Lockport, NY 14094; or Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 5442 Tonawanda Creek Rd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120, would be appreciated by the family.


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