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Bonner, Rosemary

Rosemary Bonner, Naples, Fla., passed away peacefully at the age of 94 on Oct. 10, 2013. She was born March 1, 1919 in Ft. Wayne, IN. She was the second daughter of five girls born to Marie Berghoff and John Suelzer. She was a pioneer in her training as an Occupational Therapist and was employed by the Army, where she worked at Walter Reed Hospital caring for veterans during World War II. During this time, she met and married Joseph Bonner, MD. They had six daughters together and raised their family in Appleton, WI, where Joe set up his surgical practice. Rosemary was a devoted wife and mother.

Rosemary was a woman of strength and optimism. Her grace and influence on her family is a lasting legacy and true testament of her love and devotion. She was a dedicated volunteer for Special Needs children and enjoyed socializing, sailing, and travelling. She arranged trips for the entire family throughout the States and Europe. She was a very generous woman, establishing several charitable trusts.

In 1985, Rosemary and Joe retired to Ft. Myers, FL where, after her husband's death, she moved to assisted living. Rosemary has been a resident of the Chateau at Moorings Park in Naples, FL, for nearly ten years. She made her niche there and shared her joy for life with many. It truly became her home and family felt at home there. She liked to keep busy; she was head of the Residence Council, served as a Greeter and friend to all. She was interested in her grandchildren's education and was involved in The Community School of Naples, where she was an Honored Grandparent. Her grandchildren will fondly remember her "quote of the week," sent to each by postcard, as well as her many remarkable adventures with them. She remained active into her last day. Even then she was about to go on a picnic with her daughter, Mary Jo.

Rosemary is survived by her daughters, Susan B. Schwarz, PhD (Joachim Schwarz PhD), Nancy C. Bonner, Mary Jo Dernbach (Paul Dernbach, MD), Beth Bonner, MD (Warren Gall MD), Patricia Bonner, MD; and by 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Kuhrts Weingarten (Karl Weingarten, MD), Geoffrey Kuhrts, Joe Dernbach, JD, and Matthew, Elizabeth, and Kathryn Dernbach, Warren(Christy), Ned, Nolan and Anneliese Gall; and two great-grandchildren, Macie and Lucy Weingarten and three step-grandchildren, Claire, Caleb, and Adan Holland; and by sisters, Louise Lowe (Phil), Ruthanne Dewald (Steve), and Judy Hipskind (Norm). She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; young daughter, Kathy; and sister, Betty Imler (Sam).

Services are being planned for St. Peter's Cathedral, Ft. Wayne, IN, St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Appleton, WI, and Bower Chapel at Moorings Park, Naples, FL.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to Collier Pregnancy Centers Inc. of Naples, FL and Shelter of Abused Women, Naples, FL. Condolences and contributions may be sent to Mary Jo Dernbach, 800 Cassena Road, Naples, FL 34108. For online condolences, please visit

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Oct. 20, 2013
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