Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Mona Rae McLaughlin, the daughter of Lester Eugene "Red" and Henrieta (Fischer) McLaughlin, was born in Storm Lake on Aug. 23, 1950. She lived her youth and received her education in Storm Lake, graduating with the Class of 1968. Following graduation, Mona worked in a canning factory in Storm Lake before attending business college in Des Moines. She continued her education in manpower classes in Lincoln, Neb. While residing in Lincoln, Mona worked at the Hilton Hotel and the Villager Hotel. She returned to Storm Lake and was employed at the Lamplighter Motel and Motel Vista for three years. Mona kept very busy babysitting for families in Storm Lake and cleaning businesses and homes in the community.
On Dec. 2, 1978, Mona was united in marriage to Robert Kinney in the chapel of Buena Vista Manor, where Bob's mother was residing. For 28 years, Bob and Mona made their home at 702 Vestal Street in Storm Lake where Mona was a bookkeeper for Bob's painting business.
Mona had many hobbies which included doing needle point, counted cross stitch, and making latch hook rugs. She loved music and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Mona's favorite pastime was watching car races on television. Mona had many friends throughout the United States and she took a special interest in regularly writing letters to all of them. Her family and friends held a special place in her heart and she was proud of the picture collection she had of all of them.
Mona's life will be remembered and cherished by her family which include her two sisters: Ardis and Henry Gadeken of Lincoln, Neb. and Joy Phillips of Bella Vista, Ark.; her brother, Dennis McLaughlin of Lake View; a special nephew, Ken Roberts; along with many other nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her half sister, Jerri Jean.