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Shirley F. Bonning

Died: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Age: 89
Bonning, Shirley F.; 89, (nee: LaGerould) passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Big Rapids, Michigan at the age of 89. Shirley was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 3, 1923 to Burr and Minnie LaGerould.

She was raised in Hazel Park, Michigan and graduated from Hazel Park High School in 1942.

She married her husband William L. Bonning in 1946. Bill and Shirley recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on July 6.

During World War II, Shirley worked as a supervisor at Michigan Bell Telephone and later became a proofreader and associate editor for the Lake Orion Review and Oxford Leader newspapers. She retired from the Oakland County Legal News.

Shirley loved to travel and hike. On her retirement, Shirley and her husband Bill travelled extensively throughout the United States, visiting 47 states, as well as Europe, China, Mexico, and Canada.

Her most beloved travel destination was Big Bend National Park where for 11 years she travelled with her husband by rowboat across the Rio Grande to support the villagers of Boquillas, Mexico with medical and educational supplies, food and clothing.

It was one of her proudest and most joyful activities.

Shirley loved to play the piano; having learned to do so at the age of 13 but she was too modest to play for others. She enjoyed crossword puzzles.

However, her greatest love was her husband Bill, her 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Staying true to her Christian faith, she loved unconditionally and always defended those who were criticized. She was a person of great charm and optimism and was always ready with a kind word or bit of encouragement. Anyone who met Shirley instantly fell in love with her.

Shirley and Bill raised their family of 6 children in Lake Orion, Michigan.

She was also a long-time resident of Big Rapids, Michigan. She is survived by her husband Bill; beloved brother Norman LaGerould and his wife Carol of Madison Heights; 6 children, Darlene Freeman (Doug), Chuck (Rachel), Barbara Ballou (Harold), Beverly Bonning (Jeff Lapinski), Christy Bonning-Wall (Tom), and Carolyn Wright-Ruppert (Matt), her many grandchildren, great grand-children and two nephews. She will be missed by her family and her many friends.

Funeral services for Shirley were held Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapid with Pete Alley officiating.

Interment at Highland View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, Big Rapids, Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, or Habitat for Humanity, Big Rapids.

Share a memory or condolence at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com
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