Ilona K. (Siren) Harwood

Died May 31, 2017


Ilona Kathryn (Siren) Harwood, 76, of West Branch passed away May 31, 2017.

Ilona was born in Marquette on Oct. 22, 1940, to Thomas and Elma (Hurtley) Siren. She attended Northern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in education. While attending Northern she met the love of her life, Kenneth Harwood. Ken and Ilona were married Dec. 16, 1961, and celebrated 56 years of marriage. The couple moved to New Haven after graduation where Ilona taught second grade for New Haven Community Schools until she retired in 1990. Ilona enjoyed retirement, keeping busy between their homes in West Branch and Lakeland, Fla. Ilona was an avid golfer, recording seven holes-in-one and several club championships. Her other passions included reading, dancing with Ken, hosting wonderful dinner parties with friends and attending her grandchildren’s events.

Ilona is survived by her husband, Ken; daughters, Stacy (Lee) Visbara of Shelby Township and Jodi (Ken) Wencel of Newport; son, Scott (Kim) Harwood of Lake Orion Township; grandchildren, Michael, Mitchell, Mackenzie, Nicholas, Brady, Cathy and Lauren; and one great-grandchild, Isabella.

Ilona was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Aileen MacPherson and Thelma Billings.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home, 109 E. Houghton Ave., West Branch, at 1 p.m. with family receiving friends from noon until time of service. Pastor Dan Stoneback will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Miracle League of Plymouth,

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