Veronica “Ronnie” Pasternak, 91, of Williston passed away Thursday evening, July 18, 2013, at the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston.

Her mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church by Father Joseph Evinger. Burial will take place in the fall at Riverview Cemetery. Cremation will follow the service.

An evening vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Everson Memorial Chapel.

Friends may call at the Everson Funeral Home on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and for the hour preceding the service at the church on Friday.

Veronica was born June 12, 1922, on the family homestead in Good Luck Township, Williams County, to Mike Sr. and Mary (Pilot) Pasternak. Ronnie was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Grenora. She attended country school until the age of 14 when she moved to Williston to work for the Joseph family as their housekeeper. 

At the age of 18, Ronnie moved to Minneapolis where she was employed at the Munsingware Factory. While living in Minneapolis, Ronnie also attended modeling school, competed in the Miss Minnesota Pageant and was crowned the first Ducks Unlimited Queen in 1950.

In the 1950s Ronnie moved to Washington D.C. where she worked at a local hotel. During her 50-year career, Ronnie got to know everyone in Washington, including numerous senators and congressmen. Ronnie returned to Williston in early 2000.   

Survivors include her brothers, Nick (Ellamae) Pasternak, Grenora, and George Pasternak, Spring Hill, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Those preceding her in death were her father and mother; sisters, Margaret LaBahn, Marie Castor and Anne Pasternak; and brothers, Mike Jr., John, Andy and Ray Pasternak.

Friends may visit to share remembrances of Veronica or leave condolences with the family.

The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.