Bernadine (Bonnie) Louise Haener was called home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sept. 17, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Bonnie was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Deer Park, Wash., to John and Minnie Wasson.
Along with her four siblings, she attended grade school there until the family moved to Spokane, Wash., where she then went to Rogers High School. Dances at the Davenport Hotel and being an usherette at the Garland Theatre were some of her fondest memories. The family made another move to Grangeville, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. It was there she met her future husband, Albert Haener. In true romantic fashion, they were married on Valentine's day in 1950.
They moved to Moscow where their first daughter, Terri, was born. After Al graduated from the University of Idaho, they made their way back to Grangeville where they were blessed with three more children, Dan, Patty and Janet. Mom poured her heart and soul into her family and home. She was an immaculate homemaker and whatever she set her sights on she accomplished. Playing the piano, exquisite needlework, being a beautiful seamstress and wonderful cook were just a few of her many talents. She gave her time as a Bluebird and Campfire leader and served on several committees at Sts. Peter and Paul.
Mom was very active in her younger years and her hobbies included reading, belonging to a pinochle club, bowling league, skiing, golfing, snowmobiling, fishing and camping on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.
Her work as a medical transcriber at Grangeville General Hospital brought her much joy.
Fun-filled summers were spent at Waits Lake in Washington where John and Minnie built a waterfront cabin. Mom and Dad were fortunate to be "snowbirds" for many years in Pismo Beach, Calif. and Scottsdale, Ariz. Trips into Mexico and Hawaii were other favorite spots. Mom always enjoyed the wonderful times with her family and friends. Her love for them was unconditional, honest, deep and selfless. She will be remembered for her feisty sense of humor, sharp wit, sense of style and for being the life of the party. The grandchildren loved when she danced and did her very own "Bonnie-rumba".
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Evelyn Linder, Dorothy Limbert, Kathryn Pulliam; brother, Mel Wasson; and granddaughter, Katy Brereton.
Surviving are her husband, Albert; children, Terri (Don) Brereton, Dan Haener, Patty
(Casey) Patoray and Janet Anthony (Cam Echanis); grandchildren, Leah, Ryan, Stephanie, Jennifer, Danielle, Matt and Jamie and 14 great grandchildren.
She will be forever missed by those who loved her, but her spark will shine for eternity.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com
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