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Zondra F. Baley

Zondra Faye (Klaas) Baley, 83, of Polo, died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Pinecrest Terrace, Mt. Morris, with her family at her side.

She was born on March 28, 1935 to Elmer and Aleatha (Diestelmeier) Klaas in Freeport.

Zondra married James Baley on Oct. 4, 1952. 

She worked for a brief time at Lena State Bank. Her main role in life was being a homemaker and doing for others. 

She was very active in her church, Polo Women’s Club, Polo Garden Club, and Card Club. 

Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, baking, and entertaining grandkids. 

She enjoyed corresponding with her family and many close friends.

Zondra is survived by her two daughters, Jan (Larry) Mainz, Mission, Texas, and Linda (Gregory) Smith, Polo; grandchildren, Jenny (Steve Stadel) Smith, Michael (Vikkie) Smith, Carolyn (Joseph) Kelly, Jamie Smith, Joseph Smith, Emily (Tony) Hardin, Mark Smith, and Paul Smith; step-grandchildren, Holly (John) Andrews and Jody (Andy) Heideman; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Matthew, Kristin, Rabecca, Lillian, Olivia, Lucas, Adriana, Bryn, Levi, and Jess; step-great-grandchildren, Drew, Cameron and Kate; sisters, Helaine (Clyde) Price, of Texas, and Faith Brookman, of Lena. 

Zondra was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Diane (Jess) McIlvainie and Mona (Merlan) Fernstaedt; and brother-in-law, Rodney Brookman.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E Dixon St. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Salem United Church of Christ, 8491 W. Salem Rd., Lena. A luncheon will be provided immediately following at the church.

Special thank you to the staff who cared for Zondra on the Terrace at Pinecrest Community and to the Serenity Hospice nurses.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at 

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Zondra’s name going to Pinecrest Terrace and her church.

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