Groton - Augusta "Bonnie" McPadden, CRNA, 96, of Wyndham Falls Estates, formerly of Norwich, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.|
She was born on March 2, 1917, in Oakland, Calif., the only child of Fred (USN) and Mabel (Kennedy) Nettleblade. She graduated from Vallejo High School at 16, and attended UCLA Berkeley until age 18, when she was old enough to attend and graduate from St. Francis Nursing School in San Francisco, Calif. Determined to advance her nursing career, she travelled alone to the Univ of Michigan in 1940 to study anesthesia.
Bonnie served as an Army nurse during World War II, when she met her husband Atty. Vincent P. McPadden in Michigan. They married on Jan. 29, 1945, and moved to Bridgeport. Vincent died of cancer in 1972. Bonnie retired at the age of 70 from the William W. Backus Hospital, having worked there for 30 years. She proudly served as their chief nurse anesthetist, beginning in 1960. While working, Bonnie was active in the Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Zonta, and the Parliamentarians, serving as an officer in each.
After retirement, Bonnie volunteered at AARP, Backus Hospital, UCS, her church, and various other social and veteran's groups. Her favorite activities were sewing, knitting, reading, watching TV news shows, swimming, ballroom dancing, traveling, eating ice cream, and going to the movies with her daughter Colleen.
Bonnie's local family are oldest daughter, Colleen M. Durga; granddaughters, Kathleen Kuvalanka and Kelly Way; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kaitlyn Kuvalanka. Additional family members are daughter, Mabel Anne Marston of Los Angeles, Calif.; son, Russell P. McPadden and his wife, Juliann, of Corpus Christi, Texas; four additional grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren living throughout the United States.
Bonnie's family wishes to thank the nurses at L+M, the staff and her friends at Wyndham Falls Estates, and her church community for their loving care and support.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church, Preston. Interment will follow immediately at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In Bonnie's honor, an ice cream social will be after the burial at the Church at approximately 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bonnie's name to St. James Episcopal Church in Preston.
For further details and to leave condolences, please go online to www.NewEnglandCremation.com.
Published in The Day on Apr. 7, 2013