Leona (Toni) passed peacefully at home into a better place and eternal life where she will be surrounded by her beloved angels and our Lord, on Feb. 26, 2014. Toni was born July 28, 1949, in Council, Idaho, to Jack and Donoha Herman. She grew up on the Little Salmon River at Pollock, Idaho, and attended school in Riggins. After high school she attended Links Business College in Boise, and then moved to McCall where she worked for the U.S. Forest Service. She married Bert Bollar on July 12, 1970, and promptly moved to the Panama Canal Zone, where Bert was stationed in the U.S. Army. In 1971, they moved back to Boise, Idaho, where she worked for Grand Central and Blue Cross. She retired from work for the first time in 1976 when they adopted their 6-week-old son, Eric. Toni continued as a mother and housewife until Bert retired from the Army National Guard, and they moved to Jackson, Wyo. In Jackson she worked at Jackson State Bank and Saint John’s Hospital, prior to deciding to retire for good and enjoy the good life of the area they lived in. She enjoyed being able to sit on the deck and listen to the two rivers out her back door, and watch the animals that were always in the area. Toni’s favorite pastime was to be able to knit things for the young ones, relatives and friends. Nobody was a stranger to her.
Toni was a member of Garnett Rebekah Lodge #120 of Riggins, Kemi Court #55 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of Boise where she was High Priestess from 1987 to 1988, the Iris Temple #40 of the Daughters of Nile of Boise, and Boise Chapter #65 of the Order of Eastern Star.
Toni was preceded in death by her father and friend, Jack Herman. She is survived by her husband, Bert Bollar of Jackson; her son, Eric Bollar and his wife, Melissa of Johnstown, Colo.; her mother, Donoha Jane Herman of Pollock, Idaho; her brother, Richard Herman and his wife, Janet of Pollock; and her sister, Iva May Hazel and her husband, Robert of Nampa, Idaho; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Long Valley Finnish Church of McCall, Idaho, today, March 5, at 2 p.m. A get-together will be held after the service at the Senior Center in McCall. Toni has requested that memorial donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children or The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.
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