Bonnie M. Neumayr
Bonnie M. Neumayr died Aug. 18, 2013, at the age of 88 of natural causes and in the caring hands of the Oahe Manor staff in Gettysburg.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Fr. Jerry Kopel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m, Thursday Aug. 22, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. at the church.
Bonnie Marie Gidley was born on May 15, 1925, in rural Gettysburg to Ray and Sophie (Kilian) Gidley, both families being early Potter County settlers. She attended the Warn Country School and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1942. Following graduation from high school she moved to Denver, CO with her sister Alice Edwards to attend business school. While attending business school there was a job opening at the Veterans Administration for which she applied. Bonnie got the job, quit business school and worked for the VA until after the end of WWII.
Upon returning to Gettysburg, she was working for James Tate, a local veterinarian, when her future husband came to Gettysburg to practice law with Ken Morgan. Joe and Dr. Tate were roommates at the Earl and Leona Olsen home and that was how he met Bonnie. They were married in Gettysburg on Feb. 6, 1951 and made their home in Gettysburg for the past 62 years. For many years Bonnie was a mainstay in her husband’s law office and worked side-by-side with him on numerous community and church activities.
Beginning in 1994 they spent a number of winters in Mesa, AZ, until health problems prevented traveling. Like her mother, Bonnie loved flowers. Once when taking care of the altar decorations at her church she got some peonies from a local gardener. The flowers were loaded with ants which weren’t discovered until later that night by Father (now Msgr.) McPhee. The flowers were easy to remove but the ants were a problem. She enjoyed cooking and crafts and was a great music lover, especially the circle around the piano after family gatherings.
Summing her up in a simple statement: “Bonnie loved life and her family and always took care of them to the best of her ability.”
Bonnie was a devout member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a life-long member of the Altar Society.
She is survived by her husband Joe, son Mark and his wife Debra (Schaefer) Neumayr of Flagstaff, AZ, daughter Paula and her husband Tom Bailey of Gettysburg, granddaughter Ann Baughcum, and great-grandsons Anson and Aaron Baughcum of Winder, GA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant children Mary Josephine and Anthony, brother Lawrence Gidley, sisters Gwen Gidley, Alice Edwards and Shirley Brown.
Memorials may be made to the Avera Oahe Manor, 700 E. Garfield Ave., Gettysburg, SD 57442.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Bonnie’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)