LaVonne Caroline "Bonnie" Prodoehl, of Deerbrook, died on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at her home under the care of her family and LeRoyer Hospice.
She was born on May 1, 1933, in Antigo, a daughter of the late Edward and Carmen (Fermanich) Draeger. She married John "Jack" Prodoehl on February 19, 1955, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Antigo.
Bonnie graduated from Antigo High School in 1951. She continued her education at Wausau Nursing School graduating in 1954.
Jack and Bonnie raised their five children on the family dairy farm in the Town of Rolling, then moved to Bass Lake in 1994.
Bonnie had a long and fulfilling, 59 year, career as a registered nurse. She began her career as an obstetrics nurse at Langlade Memorial Hospital from 1954 to 1969. In 1969 she went to Eastview Health and Rehabilitation Center where she was employed until her retirement in 2013, at the age of 80.
In addition to her life long devotion of caring for others, Bonnie enjoyed traveling to Florida and Hawaii, and her weekly outings with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Jack; three daughters, Laura (Dave) Packard of Antigo, Leah (Chuck) Ludlum of Madison and Carmen (Brian) Perrodin of Tomahawk; two sons, Pete (Cindy) Prodoehl of Deerbrook and Ft. Meyers, FL, and John (Stacey) Prodoehl of Kaukauna; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and another due in June; two brothers, Robert (Mary) Draeger of Madison and James (Mary Ellen) Draeger of Deerbrook.
A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. Matt Simonar officiating.
Visitation will be held at the Bradley Funeral Home on Monday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 10:15 a.m.
In honor of Bonnie's career a Nightingale Tribute, presented by her nursing colleagues, will be held on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bonnie's name
" You have my deepest condolences for your loss of LaVonne. She showed true compassion for all as a nurse along with all her other interests. A woman where others came first. Death
is truly an enemy of all of us. Our loving heavenly father Jehovah knows the pain you are in and has promised a wonderful hope of a resurrection soon to come. That promise can be found in the Bible book of Revelation in chapter 21 and verses 3,4. "
"Bonnie (Bon Bon to the Draeger nieces and nephews) was a fun person to know. The Sulze (headcheese) she shared with Fr. Jerry was delicious. The commercial stuff pales by comparison. She will be missed by many. Mike Worman"
"To Leah and her family. Hold fast to all the wonderful memories and never let go! I met your Mom a few times here in Madison and she was just a jewel to be around. God?s got an awesome Angel to watch over you and your family! Rest In Heaven, Ms. Bonnie and be at peace.??
Your longtime neighbors,
Michelle, Noble, Brent & Elliot Wray"
"I learned a lot from her. She was a wonderful nurse. She will be missed."