Wanda L. Bondi

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Wanda Bondi, born Wanda Louise Burton in Los Angeles on July 20, 1935, died peacefully at her home in Citrus Heights on August 24th, age 83. She had a full and satisfying life. She was ready to go on to her next adventure. Six months after Wanda was born to Hank "Shorty" Burton and wife Helen Louise, Helen took the bus to visit family in the Midwest. She did not return. Hank gave Wanda to his sister and her husband, John and Peggy Johnson, to raise. The 2 young couples were sharing a house, and Peggy had taken care of Wanda from day 1. Though Wanda was their only child, she was close as a sister to her many cousins, seeing most of them weekly. Hank remained a constant presence in her life; she was his only child. With a generosity of spirt seldom seen, in 1970 Peggy secretly sent a letter to the postmaster of an Oregon town where she believed Helen might be living. Wanda was reunited with, and came to love, her birth mother, half-sister and half-brother. At a very early age, it was apparent Wanda had a great talent for singing. An adorable child with long, black ringlet curls, she recorded her first song in a drugstore record booth at age 8 "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" perfectly on key. The record still plays to this day. Wanda's passion for music lasted her entire life. In high school Madrigals, she met and fell in love with Jack Schneider. Daughter Lydia (now Dawson) was born June 1954 and another daughter, Robin, was born June 1955. When Wanda and Jack divorced in 1957, John, Peggy, Wanda and the girls relocated to Carmichael. Attempting to provide security and stability for her daughters, Wanda married Oscar Bondi in 1959; but the marriage was not lasting. After a stint at Traveler's Insurance as a switchboard operator in downtown Sacramento, Wanda secured an entry-level job at Bank of America's Carmichael branch. Smart and hard-working, friendly and fun-loving, Wanda rose through the ranks to become Operations Officer. She worked at many B of A branches throughout Sacramento and outlying areas, making lifelong friends with customers and co-workers alike. After 27 years of loyal service, Bank of America, struggling in the 80s and burdened with unfunded pension-liability, screwed-over all employees approaching eligibility for retirement. Resilient as ever, Wanda landed on her feet starting a new career in antiques and collectibles. Her final (and perhaps favorite) job was at The Antique Trove in Roseville. Wanda did not hold grudges, nor did she pine for that which was not to be. She took life's blows on the chin, such as when daughter Robin died at age 11, and always kept her sense of humor and love of life intact. When we think of her, we will remember her hearty laughter and brilliant smile. Memorial Services will be held at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks on Saturday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the animal in memory of Wanda's beloved dogs.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2018
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