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Ruth Stacia Bonath

Ruth Stacia Kroeger Bonath, 83, of Blue Skies of Texas-West in San Antonio, TX (AFV 2) passed away on Sept. 26, 2017 in San Antonio.  She was born June 20, 1934 in Flandreau, SD.

In her early years she enjoyed the outdoor farm life.  In her high school years she was a member of the National Honor Society and at graduation was presented with the P.E.O. award for her potential among young women.  After graduation as an RN from Sioux Valley School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, SD, she married Harold D. Bonath.  During his graduate school years and while in the civilian parish she was employed at various positions in nursing in Iowa and Nebraska.  During her husband's 26 year AF career she completed her education with a B.S. cum laude and in graduate school was a member of the National English Honor Society "Sigma Tau Delta" and the Honor Society in Education "Kappa Delta Pi" and was awarded a Master of Education with honors.

After her husband's retirement, she was selected as the administrator of a newly constructed long term care facility in Castroville, TX.  She retired in 1999, but still continued working for the state of Texas assessing quality assurance in area nursing homes.

After moving to Blue Skies W (AFV 2) in 2006, she represented the Health Care Center in Resident Council.  She also served on the beautification committee and spent time on the precinct voting committee.  Since her arrival in Castroville, she was active in Medina Valley United Methodist Church and also served as chairperson of the Administrative Council along with tenures on various committees and boards.  She also helped create Children's Church and was actively involved with it for 3 yrs.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents Raymond M. Kroeger and Stacia Inez Anderson Kroeger.  Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Harold D. Bonath; children, Rev. LaMont (Donna) Bonath of Paoli, IN.  Laurie (Ron) Wegner of Austin, TX and Kyle (Karen) Bonath of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren Stacia (Andy) Wegner Comer, Paul Wegner, Kyra Bonath and Kade Bonath; sister Shirley (Tom) Ullom of Sioux Falls, SD.  Medina Valley United Methodist Church will open at 9:30 am prior to the Memorial Service on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:30 am. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Inurnment will be private at Fort Sam National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.  Memorials may be made in Ruth's memory to the Medina Valley UMC Memorial Fund.  Arrangements by Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Visit www.tondre-guinn.com
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 1, 2017
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