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Arlene M. Bonner, 94

Longtime Manistique, Michigan area resident, Arlene “Bonnie” Bonner, 94, of Spring Lake, Michigan died March 14, 2016 at the North Ottawa Care Center in Spring Lake, Michigan.

She was born Arlene Monasmith on January 8, 1922 in Bloom Township, Wood County, Ohio the daughter of Ervy and Dorothy (Green) Monasmith. In 1939 she graduated from high school in North Baltimore, Ohio.

On October 17, 1942 the former Arlene Monasmith married Francis “Chip” Bonner in St. Louis, Missouri. They moved to Manistique in 1954 from lower Michigan where they raised their family. Chip preceded her in death on May 7, 1991.

Bonnie retired from the J.C Penney Store in Manistique in 1978 after 24 years of service.

Following retirement she was able to enjoy her summers at Thunder Lake and her winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.

In 2008, she moved to Spring Lake, Michigan to be closer to her family. She resided at Lloyds Bayou Senior Apartments until October of 2015 when her health declined.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Manistique and was a charter member of the Manistique Elkettes. She was also a former member of the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club in Manistique where she served on the Board of Directors for 10 years and also served as its Corp. Secretary.    Upon moving to Florida, she was active in her retirement community homeowner’s association board and her church.

Upon moving to Spring Lake, she attended the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church and also ran many of the programs at the Lloyds Bayou Apartments.

In her later years, she was able to continue her love of golfing, oil painting, crocheting, and especially fishing. She had a special love for Thunder Lake and the outdoor life. She continued to oil paint and crochet well into her 90’s. She also liked to tell stories about events in her life and growing up on a farm in Ohio during the depression. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Bonnie is survived by her son, James (Marilyn) Bonner of Spring Lake, Michigan; daughter, Surae (Doug) Spaulding of Pioneer, CA; grandchildren, Julie (Brian) Heine of Schoolcraft, MI, Jamie (Dr. Mohammed) Tamim of Boynton Beach, FL, David Eck of Chicago, IL, and Joe (Sue) Eck of Wisconsin Dells, WI; great grandchildren, Shaiden, Sami, Luna, Elizabeth, Allison, Riley, and Lauren; brothers, Thomas (Nancy) Monasmith of Fostoria, OH and B. Jack (Kaye) Monasmith of Round Rock, TX; and her sister, Mary Jo Bundy of San Clemente, CA.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Carla (Chartier) Bonner in 2004.

Services celebrating Bonnie’s life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Manistique with Reverend Don Bedwell officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Manistique or to the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, 706 East Savage, Spring Lake, MI 49456.

The Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com

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