LaVern T. Bonnett, age 94, of Plymouth, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Arbor View Assisted Living in Plymouth, where she had been a resident for the past eight months.

She was born in the town of Mitchell on June 13, 1919, daughter of the late George F. and Cecelia (Bartelt) Triphan. She attended Ideal Grade School in the town of Lyndon.

On March 18, 1939, she married Jack Bonnett at United Methodist Church in Cascade. The couple made their home in Greenbush most of their married life. Jack preceded her in death Aug. 28, 1984.

LaVern was an active member of New Hope United Methodist Church in Greenbush, where she belonged to the United Methodist Women Society.

She was a member and past president (1968-72) and treasurer of the Auxiliary of the Haslee, Doebert, Schmidt American Legion Post #261 of Greenbush, where she was honored in 2009 for being a 52- year member, but currently was a 57-year member. She also served on the Greenbush Cemetery Board of Trustees. LaVern was active in raising funds to build the first Legion Hall in Greenbush and enjoyed putting family Cadillacs in the area parades for the Legion.

In her free time she also enjoyed reading, baking, and visiting casinos, along with traveling and visiting Europe in the mid-‘80s.

She worked briefly for Norge Village Cleaning in Plymouth.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn (Schiefelbein) Leynse of Plymouth and Lesa (James) Nelson of Plymouth; six grandchildren: Jeff Bonnett of Hartford; Julie Matasek of North Port, Fla.; John (Sharon) Bonnett of Sparks, Nev.; James (Holly) Bonnett of Sheboygan Falls; Melissa (Kenneth) Lefeber of St. Cloud and Christopher (Michelle) Nelson of Scandinavia; 10 great-grandchildren: Jamie (Matt) Jenkins, Katie Galbari, Jennifer (Richard) Allen, Jack and Nichole Bonnett, Jessica and Peter Waldsdorf, Madelyn and Hayden Nelson and Brandon Bonnett; great-great-grandchildren: Kiera, Grayson, Taylor, Hunter and Benjamin; a sister, Olive Ardell; and sisters-in-law, Audrey Simonsmier, Virginia Marten and Carleen Thiel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack; a son, Gene; grandsons, Jay Bonnett and R. Scott Schielfelbein; son-in-law, William Leynse; special friend, Marlin Doebert; brother and sister-in-law, Earl W. (Evelyn) Triphan and sister and brothers-in-law, Dorothy (Edwin) Mohnsam, Margery (Wesley) Struebing, Lorraine (Ed) Green, Sr. Gloria Kleinhans, Ed Ardell and Jerome Steinke and brothers-in-law, Francis, Jim Kenneth and Glen Bonnett and sisters-in-law, Delores Polcen and June Schmitt.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, May 30, at New Hope United Methodist Church in Greenbush with the Rev. Henry Verfuerth officiating. Burial followed in the Greenbush Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established in the name of LaVern T. Bonnett.

Schneider Funeral Home & Life Tributes, Plymouth, is serving the family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kumar, Dr. Smith, Kim of Embrace Care, the staff of Arbor View Assisted Living and Hospice Advantage, and Pastor Verfuerth for the wonderful care and concern to La- Vern and her family these past months.

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