Bonita Joy KOEPP
1929 - 2015
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Bonita "Bun" Joy Koepp

CHATHAM, IL - Bonita "Bun" Joy Koepp, 85, of Chatham passed away with a smile on her face, surrounded by family at home on Friday, April 10, 2015.

She was born June 28, 1929, in Austin, Minn., to Iva and William Rosenbrock.

She enjoyed her childhood in Austin riding her bike, sledding and ice skating.

In high school she played in the band, and was editor of her yearbook and high school newspaper. She graduated in 1947. She graduated from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis as an RN in 1950 and enjoyed her profession for the next 38 years of her life.

She married Jim Wiggins in 1950 and he preceded her in death on April 10, 1993.

Bun has four children: James G. Wiggins, Barbara K. (David) Denham, Stephanie Gayle (James) O'Neill, and Cathie Leigh (Danny SoSo) Wiggins; nine grandchildren: Michael Glenn, Rachel, Christopher, Ryan, James, Ashley, Jamie, Michael Victor and Kelly; and four great-grandchildren: Mackenzie, Chelsea, Alice, Declan and baby O'Neill arriving soon.

Bonita was preceded in death by sisters, Bette and Gayle.

Bonita married for the second time in 1992 to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Koepp. They enjoyed their retirement years in Virginia before Bob's premature death in 1995.

She enjoyed all sports on TV and also played Bridge, loved gardening, reading, her church, her "Cubbies", chocolate, birds in the yard, NOT the Bunnies and most of all, time with her son, Jim, who came over every day.

A memorial gathering will be held from noon until time of memorial service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Staab Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Weaver officiating.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2015.
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April 13, 2015
We want to express our most sincere and deepest sympathies to Bun's family. We had the pleasure of living next door to her when she first moved to the area. She was a good friend, frequently coming over to share good conversation and have a cup of tea or two. She was so proud of her family and spoke about all of them often. She was very energetic and full of life. My oldest son enjoyed helping Bun work in her yard while my youngest son was busy pestering her... only in the loving way though! :) She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. May God be with her and bless all of you.
Annette, Kyle, Troy Kissel
April 13, 2015
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. Bun will be sadly missed.
Donna and Morris Grawey
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