Lona Jean Furan
Lona Jean McCormick Furan, 72, died April 13, 2020 in Hopkins, MN after a long battle with a neurodegenerative disease. She died peacefully with her husband and children at her side. Lona was born in Minneapolis June 15, 1947. She grew up in Southwest Minnesota and graduated from Slayton High School. She married Douglas Furan in 1967 and they lived most of her adult life in Brainerd. She worked in the school system as a paraprofessional, media specialist and teacher at Harrison and Lowell Elementary and Forestview Middle School, earning her bachelor and master’s degrees along the way. Lona was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and active in many volunteer and leadership roles. She also enjoyed gardening, camping, traveling, racquetball, crafting, going to garage sales and having coffee with her friends. She was generous in every way. Lona is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Helen McCormick, and her brother, Robert McCormick. She is survived by her sister, Torry Hart, husband Doug, children Brian (Krista) Furan and Amy (Michael Lamser) Furan, grandchildren Jonathan, Benjamin, Nathan and Faith, and many other family and friends. A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd when social distancing guidelines allow.