Bonners celebrate 50th anniversary

November 24, 2009

By Contributor

Lorna and John Bonner in 1959

Lorna and John Bonner in 1959

John and Lorna Bonner, of Sammamish, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a Panama Canal cruise aboard the Zuiderdam, in the company of Lorna’s sister Janet and brother-in-law Henry Arens.

John, of Pittsburgh, and Lorna, of Vernon, B.C., Canada, were married Nov. 21, 1959, in Sacramento, Calif., where Lorna was a nurse and John was in navigator training with the United States Air Force. Immediately following the wedding, John was assigned to Naha, Okinawa, Japan, with Lorna following a few months later.

The couple also lived in Grand Forks, N.D.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Pittsburgh; and Ogden, Utah, during John’s 20-year Air Force career. Upon retirement, the Bonner family moved to Issaquah. John then undertook a second career with The Boeing Co., while Lorna went to work as the charge nurse of oncology at Overlake Hospital.

John and Lorna have five children — Barb, of Juneau, Alaska; Dan, of Redmond; Susan and husband Joe Bennett, of Seattle; John and wife Melinda, of Snohomish; and Maureen and husband Gerald Petz, of Sammamish. Grandchildren include Nick and Tony Larson; Molly Petz; Ellie, Jack and Katherine Bonner; and Connor and John Bennett.

The Bonners consider themselves fortunate to have enjoyed good physical and mental health in their retirement, which has allowed them to stay busy with the activities they love. These include gardening, golf and many church activities at the parish of Mary, Queen of Peace.

Additionally, John spends time volunteering with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul while Lorna donates many of her afternoons at Eastside Baby Corner.

John and Lorna Bonner in 2009

John and Lorna Bonner in 2009

Above all, the Bonners are grateful that all but one of their children, and all eight of their grandchildren, live in the Seattle area. This has allowed them to remain devoted to family and be able to spend much time cheering on the grandchildren in football, soccer, basketball, track, ballet and other activities.

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