Kona, Martha

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Kona, Martha

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Martha Kona (nee Mistina) was born in Bánovce nad Bebrazou in Slovakia on May 12th, the daughter of Albert and Ann (née Kubican) Mistina. The family fled to Austria where Martha attended high school and a semester at the University of Salzburg. In the early 1950s, she received a scholarship to attend Rosary College at River Forrest in Illinois (USA).
She earned a B.A. in economics and German from Rosary College and met her future husband, Villiam Kona, a librarian, there. In 1955, the couple wed. In 1958 Martha Kona completed a Master's in Library Science and later completed an MBA at Roosevelt University (USA).
As a librarian, Martha Kona worked as the Assistant Director of Technical Services at Rush University Library (USA). From 1958 to 1963, she worked as a cataloguer-librarian at the University of Illinois Library of Medicine and Science (USA). She also published reference books and articles on various subjects such as soybean protein, multi-media cataloguing and Slovak Americans and Canadians.
Both Martha and Viliam Kona were committed to the Slovak community and the preservation of Slovak culture in exile. Martha Kona was part of the Slovak League of America, Slovak Catholic Sokol and the Slovak Institute in Rome (Italy). In 1990, Martha Kona held the position of Chair of Heritage and Communication at the Slovak World Congress, a position previously held by Ján Okáľ.
Over the years, Martha Kona has received several awards of distinctions. She has been the recipient of the Imperial and Sovereign Order of Saint Constantin the Great, the Imperial Byzantine Order of Constantin the Great and St. Helen and the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, etc.
Martha Kona died in 2014.


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