Ramona “Sue” Bales, 90, formerly of West Point, died Monday, May 31, 2021 at Brookstone Acres in Columbus. Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Friday, June 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with lunch following at Beed Transportation. Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm with a vigil service at 7:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home. Family will be present at visitation from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Endowment. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Ramona Mae Bales was born on October 8, 1930 to Otto and Hattie (Wilder) Christ in Arlington. She attended school in Walthill and graduated in 1949. Ramona furthered her education at the Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha and worked as a switchboard operator. On April 20, 1952, she married Thomas Bales. The couple lived in Walthill and Oakland before settling in West Point in 1962. Ramona moved to St. Joseph’s Retirement Community in 2013 and then to Brookstone Acres in 2018.
Ramona was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. When she was not raising her family, she took great pride in her garden. In her later years, Ramona could be found working in her word search books, doing puzzles and crafts, and spending time with her friends.
Ramona is survived by her children, Mary Trevino of Columbus and Glen (Tina) Bales of Fort Collins, CO; 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; brother, Albert “Hoot” Christ of West Point; and best friend, Norma. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; sons, Jim and Chuck; daughter, Beverly Grashorn; brothers, Art, Emil, Clarence, Henry, Ernie, Jerry, and Gene Christ; and sisters, Mildred Biggio and Clara Hankins.