Ed Vondra of Boyne City dies at age 66

Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tonight, Tuesday Sept. 29 at Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City.

Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 30 at St. Matthews Church in Boyne City with the Rosary being recited Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM followed by visitation until the time of service.

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Ed Vondra

Edward G. Vondra was born on January 30, 1949 to Vernon and Anna Marie Vondra. Ed was the oldest of nine children. He was born and raised on a dairy farm.

Ed married Marty Hill on August 5, 1967 at Holy Cross Church in Stockton, Illinois. They are the proud parents of seven children: daughter, Peg (husband Matt and children Adam, Amanda, Noah, and Jacob) son Rick (wife Teri and children Isabelle, Rachel, Hannah, and Henry), son Chuck (wife Theresa and children Emma and Max), son Shawn (wife Stacy and children Sam and Grace), son Andy (wife, Katie and children Nick, Claudia and Conor),son Tim (wife Mandy and children Eli, Deanna and Abigail) and son Damian.

Ed was committed to serving others his entire adult life. In the 1970’s thru the early 1980’s, he was the owner/broker of the Vondra Agency in Warren, Illinois. He was actively involved in many service groups, pursued an active faith life at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, sponsored several community programs and was a volunteer coach to many sports teams.

At age 30, Ed received special dispensation from Rome to become the youngest ordained deacon in the United States.

Within a few years, Ed concluded his business career and began serving full time in the ministry of the church.

Deacon Ed moved his family to Boyne City in the summer of 1986 to serve the parish communities of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Boyne City and St. Augustine in Boyne Falls.

He also served at St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey and St. Mary’s Church in Charlevoix.

Ed loved Boyne City and its community of people.

He was visible at seemingly every event in town.

He served on the Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education for 15 years, from 2000 until his death.

Ed attended countless school events, supporting all Ramblers.

Additional community service included the Boyne City Public Library and the Boyne City Kiwanis Club.

He was preceded in death by his beloved son Damian, his parents Vernon and Anna Marie Vondra, his brothers Jim and Joe, and niece Natalie.

Donations in Ed Vondra’s memory can be made to the Damian Vondra Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The program provides college scholarships to Boyne City High School graduates.

Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory of Ed are encouraged to do so online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.