TRAVERSE CITY — The long good-bye has ended. On Oct. 18, 2013 Bonnie Louva (Thomas) Meeder was released from her long struggle with emphysema, passing away at home surrounded by her husband and children. Our Mom’s physical suffering is over now, she is able to be the lighthearted, smiling fun-maker that we all remember.
In her own words: “I had many wonderful opportunities in my life – I chose some and let others go. My true legacy is my children – all three are good solid people who I love and respect!”
Our mother was a rare woman, classy and proper who knew how to have fun and put people at ease. As a wife she was a devoted help-mate and companion, hosting parties and partnering her husband Tim in the various social functions in the Bellaire area for over 47 years. In honor and loving memory of our beloved Bonnie, we share some thoughts about her life and her impact on life as a friend, community member, wife and mom.
Bonnie was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Floyd and Bonnie June (Demmon) Thomas. Her middle name was shared with her maternal grandmother.
She is the older sister to brothers Gary (Carol) Thomas, Chuck (Kathy) Thomas, and two half-brothers Clifford Thomas and Craig Thomas (d: 2010).
She graduated in 1960 from Grand Rapids Central High School and attended Grand Rapids Junior College before earning her RN diploma from Butterworth Hospital in 1964.
Bonnie is survived by her loving husband Tim, and their children: Andrea Meeder (Mike Kandal) of Traverse City, Shannon Meeder (c: Francesca) of Bellaire, and Mitch and Shelly Meeder (c: Ian and Allison) of Bellaire.
Mom and Dad were married in Grand Rapids June 4, 1966. She worked as a RN at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing while Tim attended MSU before the family moved to Bellaire in 1968. She was very involved in her community; she started the American Red Cross Antrim County Chapter in the 1970’s and continued on as a CPR instructor (basic and advanced first aid) and blood drive coordinator for many years. Mom was a charter member of the Bellaire Lioness Club created in 1977. In such a small community she made a difference.