Susan G. Bonnevier
Susan G. Bonnevier (nee Grether), born and raised in Dayton, OH and long-time resident of LaGrange Park and Western Springs, IL, died peacefully in her home on 1/18/21. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald L. Bonnevier, her parents Stanley and Jane Grether and her brother Gary Grether. Susan is survived by her sons Perry (Cheryl Tatton), Jeff (Jamie) and grandchildren: Braxton, Tate, and Elin. Susan dedicated her career to education as a long-time elementary school teacher. Her career began in Ohio, her home state (GO BUCKEYES!), before she moved to the suburbs of Chicago, a big city that was still close to home. She spent the next forty years teaching in LaGrange Park, Western Springs, and Downers Grove. After retiring, she continued working in the education field as an elementary reading specialist and then at Benedictine University mentoring student teachers. When she was outside the classroom, Susan loved gardening and volunteered many hours working in the Peabody Estate gardens. Her adventures later in life included several vacations with friends to France and England to visit their unique gardens. When it was too cold for gardening, Susan skied throughout North America, including some of its highest peaks and, closer to home, visiting the family chalet in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Throughout her life, Susan enjoyed remaining active in the community including her involvement with P.E.O, Western Springs Garden Club, First Congregational Church Western Springs, and volunteering at Hinsdale Hospital. Above all, Susan cherished family time and was a proud cheerleader for both of her sons. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, cheering for them at their sporting events and other activities and, always a teacher at heart, reading them books or listening to them read to her. There will be a private family Memorial Service for Susan that will be streamed live from the First Congregational Church Western Springs at 11:30 am on Friday 1/22/21 at: Flowers can be sent to the First Congregational Church Western Springs; in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Woman's Society of the First Congregational Church Western Springs, 1106 Chestnut Avenue Western Springs, Illinois 60558 or at (click on Woman's Society) or

Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside. (708) 352-6500 or

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 21, 2021.
Memorial service
First Congregational Church
, Western Springs, Illinois
Funeral services provided by:
Hallowell & James Funeral Home
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On behalf of the AMITA Health Hinsdale Medical Center family (Hinsdale Hospital)

We wish to send our most sincere condolences to Susan's family and friends.

Susan spent many hours here at the Medical Center volunteering. Her goal every day was to lighten the load of our associates, brighten the patients day and show compassion for our worried visitors. Susan's bright smile, calming demeanor and sincere empathy was greatly appreciated by everyone she encountered. Susan will be missed dearly by all of us.

May Susan Rest in Peace Ever More.
Debbie Plica
January 28, 2021
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Bonnevier´s family during this time. Your mother seemed to be an amazing woman. Wished I had the honor to meet her, she could have given me tips about this education system! I know where you received your ski skills from Perry. Sure she will truly be missed. What a kind, intelligent, giving woman. Blessings to your family.
January 25, 2021
The Forest Preserve District and Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County extend our condolences to the Bonnevier family. Susan was a remarkable, giving and kind individual who not only made our Mayslake Peabody Estate´s gardens beautiful through her volunteerism but also extended her gracious spirit to those who visited our property to enjoy its programs, landscape and history. She was a treasure to those of us she touched. We are sorry for your loss and are thinking of you as you celebrate her life. With deepest sympathy, Audra Bonnet Development Office Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
Audra Bonnet
January 25, 2021
Susan what a sad day when I heard of your passing. I immediately thought of the many times you came to visit me at the office at Timber Trails and you brought your grandson for treats in my desk. Peace to a wonderful lady.
Marilyn Novak
January 22, 2021
Susan seemed a gentle soul, but was enthusiastic in her involvement with our PFAC advisory board. While fighting her own battle, she advocated for others. May Susan rest in peace.
January 22, 2021
We will miss seeing her in the neighborhood. Susan will be missed. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your family’s loss.
Jim and Mamie Ols
January 21, 2021
Always positive and such a lovely person. We were glad to be her neighbor!
Francis & Diane Cottone
January 20, 2021