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June A. Bonneau Obituary
BONNEAU, JUNE AVERILL PARK - June A. Bonneau, 86, of Algonquin Beach Road, Averill Park died Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at House 22, Eddy Village Green, Cohoes. She had excellent care that went above and beyond the staff's job descriptions. There was no doubt that they truly loved her and she truly loved them. Born in Cohoes, the daughter of the late John and Eva O'Donnell and beloved wife of 63 years to her sweet heart, the late Roland G. Bonneau. June grew up and raised her family in Cohoes. She had two daughters and a son whom she loved dearly. Camping, skiing, sightseeing, picnicking and lots of "day trips" were all things that they did as a family. Later she and Roland built a home and lived in Averill Park. June graduated from Cohoes High School, received a B.A. from College of St. Rose and an M.S.P.S. from Russell Sage College. Her career ranged from Optician, Timpanes, Program Coordinator, Rensselaer County Senior Citizens Coordinating Project, Coordinator of Aging Services, Rensselaer County Department for the Aging (because of June's efforts, Department was recognized for outstanding achievement in the field for innovative programs and services to the Elderly), Executive Director, Senior Service Centers of the Albany Area Foundation, Inc. and Meals on Wheels, Inc. and Senior Service Centers of the Albany Area. And finally Financial Planner specializing in Planning for Retirement. She was a member and on the board of RPEA, a retired government employees board. The quality and quantity of services to older Americans increased as June constantly sought new avenues to serve the Elderly (who June called "her friends"). She was a member of St. Henry's Catholic Church, Averill Park. She was a member of the National Council on the Aging, National Institute on Senior Centers, Society of Association Executives and NYS Association of Human Services. She was a devoted wife and committed to her loving family. When she retired from her 8 year post as Executive Director of the Albany County Senior Service Centers, the headline in the agency's newsletter read "Agency Gem Honored". Among other gifts she was given a crystal sculpture with a crafted wood base that served as "The First Annual Distinguished Service Award". For years after that the June A. Bonneau Award was annually presented to a person or persons who genuinely reflected the light of servant hood, professionalism and dedication that was the hallmark of the "Bonneau Years". June loved to ski, sail and golf. Because of her love of travel, she has been to Australia, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. She traveled with 30 others to China and Japan on a trip sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. Many of her other trips she took with the Elder Hostel including trips throughout the US. She is survived her loving children and their spouses, Karen and Jim Krill of Phoenix, AZ and Lynn and Chuck Benoit of Averill Park, N.Y.,4 adored grandchildren, 8 treasured great grandchildren and 2 special great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son Todd Joel Bonneau and her husband Roland G. Bonneau and her parents John and Eva O'Donnell. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial/Memorial Service on Monday, October 3rd at 11:00am at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 39 Old Route 66 (County Route 45), Averill Park, N.Y. Those wishing to remember June in a special way may make contributions in her memory to Eddy Village Green House 22, Activity Fund, 421 Columbia Street, Cohoes, N.Y. 12047. For directions and guest registry, www.dufresnefuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the Dufresne Funeral Home, Inc., Cohoes, N.Y.

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Published in The Record on Sept. 30, 2011
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