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Iona F. Schoenian

Iona F. Schoenian, 94, of Portsmouth, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. She was born November 1, 1925 in Scioto County, to the late Bertha E. Satterfield Fritz Short and John Andrew Fritz.

A 1947 graduate of the Holzer School of Nursing, Iona had worked as a nurse at Veterans Hospital in Chillicothe, the former Portsmouth Receiving Hospital, and as a school nurse for Portsmouth City Schools. She had also been the Director of the Practical Nursing Program through the Portsmouth City Schools, Director of Inservice Education at Scioto Memorial Hospital, and as a teacher at Pike County Vocational School, Shawnee State University and the former Portsmouth Business College.

Iona was a Christian and she attended the First Church of God in New Boston and Temple Baptist Church in Portsmouth. She was a member of the former Portsmouth Chapter #424 Order of the Eastern Star and the Lucasville Chapter 495 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed attending church services, reading, and working jigsaw, crossword and word search puzzles.

Her husband, Norman B. Schoenian preceded her in death on September 7, 2004. The couple were married October 25, 1947 in Chillicothe.

Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Susan Craig, with whom she made her home; her grandson, Stephen (Vania) Craig of Portsmouth; a brother, John Fritz of Myrtle Point, OR; and three beloved cats, Charlie, Tiger Lily and Honey.

Also preceding Iona in death were siblings, Rev. Paul Fritz, Beulah F. Davis and Wilma Jean Fritz.

Private services will be held with Rev. John Gowdy officiating under the direction of the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church and Sierra’s Haven for New & Used Pets.


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