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Bonnie June (Ostendorf) Adams, 95, of Chatsworth, Calif., passed away at home on Aug. 31, 2021.She was born Sept. 21, 1925, in Cozad, Neb., the only daughter of Roy Ostendorf and Emma Fern Wolverton. She moved to Southern California as a child and graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles.She met Arthur L. Adams at a dance in Big Bear, and they married at Drew Army Airfield in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 14, 1944. When he returned from serving in the European Theater, they moved to Glendale, Arizona, and then to Los Angeles. In 1950 they moved to Northridge and then Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley.Bonnie was a homemaker and mother to the couple's four children before returning to school at California State University, Northridge. Despite a diagnosis of colon cancer and subsequent major surgery, she was determined to finish and graduated with a degree in early childhood education. She taught pre-school for more than 20 years, including at St. James Presbyterian Nursery School, St. Stephan Presbyterian Pre-School, and Northridge United Methodist Weekday Nursery School. Known as very professional and dedicated to her work and students, she retired in 1995.She survived cancer three more times to live a long, happy life. She enjoyed camping throughout the West and traveling overseas with her family, including to Russia, Fiji, Thailand, Mexico, Europe, and Africa. She loved lively, thought-provoking conversations with friends and family about topics ranging from politics and food to travel and leisure. She also loved music and supported the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 30 years. She belonged to a book club that began in 1988 and, to her final day, was an avid reader and solver of crossword puzzles. Family dogs Maggie and Cody gave her great joy. For the past 12 years, Bonnie shared her home with and was lovingly cared for by daughter Wendy Fletcher and Wendy's partner, Michael Hoyle.Bonnie was a joy to know, with a positive attitude and a quick smile that lit up a room. Friends and family remember her as kind, funny, fun-loving, and easygoing, all of which made her good company. She was loyal and supportive to friends and coworkers, who valued her opinions because of her intelligence and good insight into many things. Her smile, wonderful personality, and gracious, loving heart will be greatly missed.She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years; brother, Robert Coats; and daughter Peggy Lynn Adams. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Joan B. Coats of Newport Beach, Calif.; son, Thomas L. Adams of Scottsdale, Ariz.; daughters Susan J. Adams of La Jolla, Calif., and Wendy A. Fletcher of Chatsworth; grandsons David (Nora) Adams of St. Johns, Fla., and Daniel Adams of Phoenix, Ariz.; granddaughters Elizabeth (Richard) Ramirez of San Antonio, Texas, and Bonnie Snyder of San Diego, Calif.; two great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.Services are pending. Interment will be at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, Calif. Arrangements are by the Rose Family Funeral Home, Simi Valley, Calif. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles.
Published by Los Angeles Times on Oct. 3, 2021.
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Bonnie was a neighbor, great friend of our mom, Vannie, and an all around super person! Our heart is with Bonnie and her family. John Mounier
John Mounier and The Mounier Family
October 3, 2021
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