THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Violet M. Bonini
Issue Date: August 2, 2017
Violet Mae (Harris) Bonini, 95 of Menominee, Mi., passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Luther Home in Marinette.
Born Nov. 13, 1921, the third of four children, to Arthur Harris and Jessie (Ferrier) Harris in Perth, Australia, she was a loving, passionate woman who wanted to help others and dreamed of becoming an RN, but became a nurse's aide.
She moved to the United States in 1945 with her husband and young daughter. She was involved in Legion of Mary and Sewing Groups at her church to help others less fortunate and also for several years in Senior Companions.
With the love of animals, especially dogs, she had many in her lifetime and worked for 15 years at an animal hospital in Illinois. She saved some dogs by bringing them home, with her favorite being Blossom.
A creative person, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting sewing, making crafts, dabbled in painting and was a good baker with a sweet tooth. She was good at growing flowers and nursing them to health. She grew a little garden in Florida and taught her great-grandson, Anthony how to grow carrots when he was a toddler.
She had a strong faith, found comfort in reading her prayer book and saying the rosary and is now watching over loved ones.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Louise Charbonneau; two grandchildren; a great-grandson and many nieces and nephews in the United States and in Australia.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William (Billy); two brothers, Arthur and Milton and a sister, Amy.
A private viewing for family was held Wednesday morning, Aug. 2 at Hansen Onion Funeral Home in Marinette. A Mass to celebrate her life was then held for all that knew her at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Menominee at 11 a.m. Burial was next to her husband at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Calumet City, Ill.