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Vernice Bonander(1918 - 2013)

Vernice Ione Bonander

Vernice Ione Bonander, 94, of Larchwood, Iowa died of natural causes at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 30 2013 at Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. She was born October 9, 1918 in Larchwood, Iowa to Irving Wightman and Ida Wightman (nee Rudloff). She married Harold Bonander on March 11, 1941 and he survives her.

Also surviving are her two children: Rodney (Lachlan) Bonander of Larchwood, Iowa; Jessie (John) Knievel of Burnsville, Minnesota; 5 grandchildren: Sarah Knievel (Chris Porter) and their son James (Vernice's only great grandchild, and the apple of her eye) of Kingman, Arizona; Katie (Keith) Morgan of Larchwood, Iowa; Andrea Knievel of New Orleans, Louisiana; Michael Bonander of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Alec Bonander of Iowa City, Iowa.

Vernice was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Wyant Wightman.

Vernice was a proud life-long resident of Larchwood, Iowa. She graduated from the Larchwood Public High School in 1936. She later attended the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa and went on to teach school in Sioux Township #3. As a teacher she inspired her students with both her sharp wit and her lovely looks. As a teacher, and as the owner of an inquisitive mind, she always harbored a life-long love of books and learning. Her other great loves included her family, coffee and cookies after church, large family meals with relish trays, Easter lilies, winters in Arizona, golf, football, gardening, chatting, and being an excellent hostess. And she always made sure to look her best, rain or shine, sickness or health.

Vernice will be dearly missed. She approached life with an unmatchable zest, and she never met an obstacle she failed to overcome. In the words of the irrepressible Dolly Parton, she couldn't always direct the wind, but she always adjusted the sails.


Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 7, 2013
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