Bonnie May Eremenko (nee Anderson) was born in Fairmont Minnesota, USA and moved to Canada at 6 months old.
Bonnie attended Somerset School from grade 1 – 10, starting at the age of 5. Gladys Moore was her first teacher. They lived 3 miles from the school. They had an old pinto horse named Boo who pulled a cart in the summer and a sleigh in the winter or if the horse was needed for work, they walked to school.
Bonnie used to say they had fun back then even though times were tough. They played ball with neighbour kids in the summer and gathered at ponds in the winter to skate. They had to share skates because there were never enough pairs for everyone.
They had dances at people’s homes and went to church on Sundays, when the Minister could come.
Bonnie went to Maple Creek School for grades 11 & 12. Mr. Tomlinson was the principal. She lived in light housekeeping rooms for $10 per month.
In 1943 she went to Moose Jaw to attend normal school to become a school teacher. Her first country school she taught at was Rocky Mound School. She was 17 years old and she had students only a couple months younger than she was.
Bonnie met Nick Eremenko while she was boarding at Tony & Mary Eremenko’s house and he became her future husband.
Before she got married, she taught at Red lake and Economy School. After she got married, she taught at Murry, Downy Lake, Nowheim and Heller Schools, meeting many life long friends along the way. In 1957 a new Wolf Colony was settled by Downy Lake and she taught there for 10 years; non consecutively. She also taught at Box Elder Colony.
Bonnie and Nick lived on a farm known as the Christian place. It was the farm that Bonnie; being an avid gardener, created a beautiful yard full of flowers and trees. She would work all day in the yard, running the rotor tiller and lawn mower.
Bonnie and Nick retired to Maple Creek in 1979 where they lived and managed Maple Wood apartments for 7 years. They then moved into a new home on 52 Harrigan Crescent where she continued with her garden and her flowers. She waited patiently in the spring for new plants to come to the green houses.
Bonnie was a good cook and loved to entertain and feed family and friends. The fine china was always used with fancy napkins.
Bonnie enjoyed her grandchildren and she entertained them as well as all their friends. She became known as Grandma to many children.
She also enjoyed doing volunteer work such as baking pies for the Legion, Flea market sales and helping make pot luck meals for the Manor.
Bonnie worked at the Jasper Centre for many years, selling tickets for different fundraisers and the Maple Creek year book.
She loved going to Medicine Hat on shopping sprees and always came home with new clothes. Bonnie was always particular with her clothes, and always colour coordinated.
About 5 years ago life started to get a bit challenging and she could not do all the things she wanted to do. Her health started to slow her down. She lived in her own house until about 3 months ago.
Her family had a turkey supper with her on Thanksgiving but she wanted them to eat together.
She talked with family right up until she passed on October 26.
Bonnie is survived by her two children Shirley Jans and Dwight Eremenko & his wife Joan.
Grandchildren: Sherry Smith; Glen Jans; Tracy & Laura Jans; Donna & Sheldon Frank and Becky & Ryan Newby.
Great Grandchildren: Ali & Lindsay Harrigan; Erin & Chris Shorrock; Jaxon and Keira Frank; Weston, Emma and Autumn Newby; Riley & Nolan Jans
Great Great Grandchildren: Jayda & Reid Harrigan; Connor & Spencer Shorrock
Bonnie is survived by her two sisters Doris Green and Betty Munroe as well as many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by husband Nick in 2012 & son in law George Jans in 2000. Sister Maxine, Brother in law Marvin, brother in law Harold Green, brother in law Jack Munroe and 2 Munroe Nephews.
To celebrate Bonnie’s life, a private graveside service was held on Monday, November 2, 2020.
Salvation Army Major Ed Dean officiating.
Glen Jans, Nolan Jans,
Sheldon Frank, Tracy Jans,
Lindsey Harrigan & Chris Shorrock
In the Garden performed by Sheldon Frank
Ali Harrigan & Erin Shorrock Reading the Obituary.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bonnie's name to the Salvation Army Church, or a charity of your choice.
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Salvation Army Church
203 Maple Street, Maple Creek AB S0N 1N0