Mrs. Bonnie L. (Collett) Hoover
1932 - 2021
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Bonnie L. Hoover, 89, of Hoover Road, New Bethlehem, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning.

Born March 9, 1932 in Limestone, she was the daughter of the late Jay and Ada Carberry Collett. Mrs. Hoover was one of eight children.

She married Gene Hoover, the love of her life, on August 27, 1949. They were married 62 years when Gene passed away in 2011.

Bonnie and Gene farmed together for 50 years; they raised chickens for many years and sold eggs that were all hand-candled by Bonnie. People came long distances, such as Pittsburgh and Erie, to buy clean, fresh quality eggs that they took back to their communities to share and to distribute. Also, Bonnie, Gene, and their son, Tom, milked a large herd of cows for many years.

Mrs. Hoover was a multi-tasker before the term multitasking ever became popular.

She was a homemaker who cooked, canned, baked, cleaned, farmed and raised four children with her husband.

Mrs. Hoover never complained and she never had a mean word to say about anyone. Bonnie had a heart of gold and was the warmest, kindest, most forgiving person ever. She loved to sing and to play the piano, and she loved her cats, Precious and Daisy.

She was of the Protestant faith, and she attended the Nevin Memorial Church until her health failed.

Survivors include her two daughters, Nancy Brocious of New Bethlehem and Ruth Ann Statewicz of Indiana; two grandsons, Matt Musser of New Bethlehem and Ben Statewicz and his wife, Bethany, of Kittanning; a son-in-law, Don Musser of New Bethlehem; and one sister, Peg Emrick of Clarion.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene; her son, Tom; her middle daughter, Linda Musser; and six siblings, Lois Smith, Robert Collett Sr., George Collett, Doris Hays, Victor Collett, and Staff Sergeant Jack Collett, who was killed in action in 1945.

Arrangements are at the direction of the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home in Clarion.

At Mrs. Hoover's request, there will be no public visitation. All services will be private.

Interment will take place in the family plot at Salem Cemetery in Frogtown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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Published in The Leader Vindicator from Apr. 19 to Apr. 29, 2021.
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