Lorene H. Bonar

July 13, 1934 - April 21, 2019

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Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, April 25, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Lorene H. Bonar, 83, of Kendallville died Sunday, April 21, 2019, at her residence with her family at her side.

She was born July 13, 1934, on the family farm in Swan Township, Noble County to Henry August and Edna Ellen (Grocock) Genda. She was baptized in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Avilla. Lorene attended grade school in LaOtto through the seventh grade, then finished eighth grade and high school in Avilla. Her father died in the winter of her seventh grade year and farming was too much for her mother and sister. At that time her family moved to Avilla to live with her grandmother, Amanda Grocock.

On August 17, 1952, in Avilla she married John E. Bonar.

After high school, she worked at McCray Refrigeration Company in Kendallville, then at Seamaid Boat Company in Kendallville for the next 11 years as office manager. When Essex bought the building from the boat company, she worked for them as secretary, and later as purchasing agent until retirement in 2003. After retirement, she worked for a short time for the Noble County Council on Aging.

She attended IPFW in Fort Wayne where she received two Associate Degrees from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University.

Lorene was a den mother for five years then was a volunteer on the Anthony Wayne Boy Scout Council, Fort Wayne as a trainer, round table leader, and Cub Scout day camp organizer. She attended scout training, along with her husband and son at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico. She received many awards during this time, the highest of which was a Silver Beaver, which is the highest award for a volunteer.

She was also a member Xi Delta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of the Professional/Business Women’s Association. She also was a volunteer for the United Way and Light the Night in Kendallville.

Lorene and her husband enjoyed traveling, and have been to all 50 states and 26 countries on four continents.

Surviving are her husband, John Bonar of Kendallville; a son, Jon A. (Sarah) Bonar of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Cody, Bryce, Adelaide, Aidan and Luke Bonar; a sister, Lucille Ann (Robert) Mavis of Kendallville; and two nieces, Deborah (Jeff) Huth and Kelli Wainwright.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Regan Ford officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers are Jon Bonar, Cody Bonar, Bryce Bonar, Bruce Risner, Kurt Mundon, and Jeff Manier.

Calling is Wednesday, April 24, 2019. from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home where there will be a Sorority service at 6 p.m.

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Guest Book

Mitch Manahan
April 27th, 2019 6:39pm
West Bloomfield, Michigan

John, Jon, and Family; Sorry to here about Lorene's passing. She was my den mother in Cub Scouts. I think she always wondered why I wanted to black every project black. I also fondly remember our church trip with her and John to Europe in 1984. She was such a joy. God Bless. Mitch

Billie Oliver
April 23rd, 2019 11:02pm
Angola, IN

John- My heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Lorene and I met 24 years ago when we belonged to IMC together and she was the reason I joined PBWA. I thoroughly enjoyed our friendship and know she will be missed by so many. She fought the valiant fight for sure and I am sure she is volunteering in heaven as she had such a giving and caring spirit. Billie

Larry and mary jane moore
April 22nd, 2019 8:36pm
Avilla ind

So sorry for your loss Prayers