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Martha M. Kona, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio. She gave generously of her time and heart to her large circle of family and friends and lived a full life filled with travel, church, music, and dedication to her work.
Predeceased by her husband, William Kona and parents, Albert and Anna Mistina; she is the beloved mother of Olivia Kona, MSMC (Antonio Mancini) and Dr. Lindy A. Kona (Dr. Bradley J. Stanciu), and devoted grandmother of Genevieve and Milan Kona-Mancini, and Jessica and Rebecca Kona-Stanciu.
Born in Banovce, Slovakia, she immigrated to the U.S. in 1950 on the USAT General Hersey landing in NYC. Then she attended Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, IL on a full-ride scholarship and received a BA in Economics. Afterwards she continued at the college and graduated with an MA in Library Science (MALS).
She went on to become a medical librarian at Rush University Medical Center formerly known as Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, research librarian (Central Soya), information specialist, lecturer, associate professor at the University of Illinois, consultant liaison for and representative of the Archdiocese of Chicago's European-American Advisory Board, and member of Gesu Parish.
Professor Kona wrote several books including Ph.D Dissertations in Slovakiana in the Western World; Slovak Americans and Canadians in American Catholic Who's Who; Rush Medical College Library Cataloging Manual, and Kona-Mistina Family in the USA; and is the co-author and editor of Arcibiskup Dr. Karol Kmetko.
She was an active member of numerous associations and orders including the American Association of University Women; American Association of University Professors (chair bylaws committee), Catholic Library Association, Special Library Association, Midwest Library Association, Medical Library Association (membership committee), Tri-state Hospital Assembly, Health Sciences Library (honorary life member), Illinois Audio Visual Association (president), Slovak World Congress (chair heritage and culture committee), Matica Slovenska (medal of distinction in Martin, Slovakia), Slovak Institute (second vice president, Rome), Jednota, Slovak Catholic Falcon and Slovak League of America (second vice president), Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Grand Cross and Order of Merit), Imperial Order of Constantine the Great and St. Helena (board member), Order of St. John of Jerusalem, and Women's Club of Wilmette (philanthropy chair).
From 1966 to the present, she was listed 23 times in numerous biographical publications including the 31st edition of the Marquis Who's Who in the World and the 68th edition of Marquis Who's Who in America. As stated by the publisher, entries are "limited to the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their fields of endeavor and who have thereby contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society".
She enjoyed reading, traveling around the world, hosting dinner parties, classical music, physical fitness and beachcombing.
Memorial services will be held in both Toledo, OH and Hillside, IL (Chicago area).
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at Gesu Catholic Church, 2049 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, OH 43607. Visitation will be held prior to the mass from 9:30-10:30 a.m. also at Gesu Catholic Church.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL, 60162, (708) 449-8300.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toledo chapter of the
, 2500 N. Reynolds, Toledo, OH, 43615-2820, (419) 537-1999 or to the national
, at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, 1-800-272-3900 or online at
Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Family Funeral Home, 419.841.2422. Online condolences may be shared at
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 16 to Apr. 20, 2014