Ilona J. Golden, 79, of Waverly, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa.

Ilona was born on July 20, 1939, to John and Irma Tacs Horvath, in Passaic, N.J. Her family then moved to Lewis County, New York. On May 11, 1956, she was joined in marriage to Ronald D. Golden and together they raised three sons in Lowville, N.Y. Her husband went into pastoral ministry and they served with distinction at the following Upstate New York Nazarene churches: Ogdensburg, 1979-1981; Ithaca, 1981-1985; and Waverly, 1985-2005. Even after retiring to their present home, they continued to assist many churches throughout the area.

Ilona will be deeply missed by her loving family: husband, Ronald; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Denise, Towanda, Pa., Thomas and Janel, Waverly, N.Y., and Timothy and Tamara, Charlestown, N.H.; grandchildren, Jeremiah and Alexa, Burlington, Vt., Naomi and Mikaela, Charlestown, N.H., Sophie, Kaleb and Josiah, Waverly, N.Y.

Ilona was predeceased by her parents and her twin sisters, Irma and Julia.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Church of the Nazarene, Owego, N.Y., with Pastor Phil Nase officiating. In keeping with the spirit of Ilona's love for Christmas, the family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fellowship Center for an Open House, featuring some of the refreshments that she was famous for. A Praise Gathering will follow in the sanctuary.

Memorial donations may kindly be sent to the Church of the Nazarene, 3732 Waverly Road, Owego, NY 13827.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of The Thomas Cremation and Funeral Services, 1297 Elmira St., Sayre, Pa.