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10/30/2012 8:00:00 AM
Bonnie J. Walters
June 12, 1919 - Oct. 27, 2012
Bonnie Walters
Bonnie Walters

Bonnie Jean Duffey Walters, beloved daughter, cherished wife, and devoted mother, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.

She was born on a farm north of Lafontaine on June 12, 1919 to John Glenn Duffey and Kate Parker Duffey. Her parents and brothers, Charles Parker Duffey and Dick Duffey preceded her in death.

A child of the depression, she graduated from Lafontaine High School in 1937 and attended Ball State Teachers College, receiving a teaching credential in 1939. Bonnie shared her knowledge, curiosity, patience, and humor with students at Lincolnville, Lafontaine, Kewanna, and Rochester schools during her career as an elementary teacher.

Bonnie married Russell D. Walters on April 19, 1941 in Lafontaine. As the wife of a WWII Army officer, they lived in Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and Texas before she returned to Lafontaine when Russell was sent to the European theater.

After the war, they lived in Lafontaine, Fulton, Kewanna, and Richland Cente before returning to Wabash County. Russell preceded her in death in 1988.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Ann Walters, Lafontaine, and Betty Joan and husband Mark Martens, Rochester; one son, Charles Robert and wife Connie Beck Walters, Indianapolis; and American Field Service son, Noel Lim and wife Cathy Painter Lim, West Caldwell, N.J.

Other survivors include grandson, Robert Kumler and wife Kim; and granddaughter, Andrea Kumler Benbow and husband, Kip, all of Lafontaine; grandchildren, Lieutenant Adam Walters, wife Sarah and son, Russell D. of San Diego, Calif., Patrick Walters, Indianapolis, Katie Martens, Bloomington, Sadie Martens, Indianapolis, Brendan Lim, New York City, N.Y., and Ligaya Lim, West Caldwell, N.J.

A daughter, Nancy Jean Walters Kumler preceded her in death in 1995 as did son-in-law, Richard Kumler in 2012.

Bonnie was active in every community in which she lived. She loved to play bridge and was able to continue this activity at Peabody Retirement Center. She recently received her 75 Year membership pin from the Order of Eastern Star and had served as Worthy Matron of the Lafontaine Chapter.

She had also been an active member and was past president of Eta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority in Rochester as well as past president of Wabash County Retired Teachers Association. She had been a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in the many communities in which she lived. She will be mourned by her family and friends, but remembered for a life well lived.

Her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2012 at McDonald Funeral Home, Lafontaine Chapel, Lafontaine, with Pastor Brad Garrett officiating.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at McDonald Funeral Home, Lafontaine Chapel, with Eastern Star services beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will follow at the Lafontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Lafontaine.

Memorials may be made to the Nancy and Dick Kumler Scholarship Fund, Lafontaine Masonic Lodge, or the Wabash County Historical Museum in Wabash.

Online Condolences may be sent to the family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Connie Sutton

Chuck and Betty, I was deeply saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. I remember times when I was in 4-H that she worked in the kitchen of the food stand during the fair. She was always so kind, loving and helpful to all the young 4-Hers!
Of course, she was also a neighbor too...and I remember riding my bike over to "Center" and taking the long way home past your house...if she was outside, she always waved and shouted hello.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this time of saddness. God bless you all...
With love and sympathy,

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