Bonnie Petratur, beloved wife and best friend of Joe, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Bonnie waged a courageous battle with brain cancer for two and a half years.
Bonnie was born in Lacombe, AB, the daughter of Patrick (predeceased in June 1976) and Fern L’Hirondelle. After leaving Lacombe, Bonnie began a career that spanned thirty-seven years in the earthmoving equipment and automotive industries as well as raised a family. Bonnie’s successes in the car business were many and she achieved management positions in two automotive dealerships within the Jack Carter group. Upon retirement in 2003, Bonnie was a volunteer at the YMCA and took up painting as a hobby. She was also an accomplished golfer and skier. Bonnie and Joe travelled extensively and Bonnie particularly enjoyed their many visits to the Arizona desert. We will miss Bonnie’s warm smile, generosity and storytelling at gatherings of both family and friends.
Besides her husband Joe and mother Fern, Bonnie will be fondly remembered by her son Joseph John (Angela); daughter Christine Laurie (Sam); brothers; Dale (Cynthia) and Gary (Paula) L’Hirondelle; six grandchildren, Kazmira, Ciera, Tazia, Ryder, Christopher, and Joey; along with numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Celebration of Bonnie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) later this spring on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433 or directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. The family would like to thank Doctors Easaw, Forsyth, Roldan, and DeRobles at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic along with nursing coordinator Sally Lim; the Palliative Home Care Team led by Barbara Kearnes; and the outstanding group of caregivers and staff at the Southwood Care Centre Hospice.
In living memory of Bonnie Petratur, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences