Isabelle M. Ondecker, 95, of Tallmadge, Ohio passed away peacefully at the Maison Aine Care Facility on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Born Isabelle Marie Gierisch in Gardiner, New York, on November 22, 1915, she was the daughter of Theodore and Florence Gierisch.
After graduation from New Paltz (N.Y.) High School, she entered the New York State Nursing Program at the Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She achieved status as a Registered Nurse, with additional training at the prestigious Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
After several years at Bellevue, she entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in early 1941, with an initial assignment at Fort Bragg, NC.
She served as an Army nurse throughout World War II, including two years overseas in Australia and New Guinea. In 1945, she achieved the rank of Captain in the Army as the war came to a close. Throughout her life postwar, she was fiercely proud of her military service, and maintained her RN status for many years, including employment at the former Little Forest Nursing Home facility in East Akron, Ohio.
On February 15, 1947, she married Andrew M. Ondecker of Akron, resulting in a marriage lasting over 50 years.
Isabelle is survived by her sons, Michael of Tallmadge, and Thomas of Davie, Fla.; brother, Frank Gierisch of Gardiner, N.Y.; and sister, Ellen Gedalje of Salisbury Mills, N.Y.; plus a large extended family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Visitation of Mary Catholic Church, 87 Broad Street, Akron, Ohio, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange St., Akron, on Wednesday evening, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Please visit the guestbook at www.hummelcares.com