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: https://youtu.be/0mAv_BCCFsw
. 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 www.wscongo.org/give/
(click on Woman's Society) or www.onrealm.org/wscongo/-/give/WSdues
Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside. (708) 352-6500 or HJFunerals.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Jan. 21, 2021.