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Bonnie Gerow

Palmer resident Bonnie Jean Gerow, 65, died Jan. 5, 2002, at home.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church on Bogard Road in Wasilla, with the Rev. Henry Woodall officiating. Her ashes will be scattered in Sitka Sound.

Mrs. Gerow was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Klawock, Alaska. She was raised in Southeast Alaska, and lived in the greater Anchorage area from adulthood until her death. In 1954 she graduated from Sitka High School, where she was valedictorian, attended Mount Edgecumbe School of Practical Nursing in 1955, Whitworth College 1956-57, Wayland Baptist University 1990-91, where she received her masters, and from 1999 until the present she attended Dubuque Theological Seminary.

She was employed in contract health services at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage from 1978 until her retirement in 1998.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wasilla, where she had served as a deacon and elder.

Her family said, "Bonnie had three priorities: God, family and church. She had a spunky fireball attitude and exuded love for everyone. She was dearly loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed."

Surviving are her daughter, Linda J. McCoy; son and daughter-in-law, Jim D. and Lindy Gerow; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon L. and Dan Mallonee; sisters, Virginia Phillips and Evelyn Kanen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Miriam Cameron, Charles Cameron, and Kenneth and Alice Cameron; and grandchildren, Wendy Stroman, Shawn Langlois, Angela McCoy, Shane McCoy and Cameron Mallonee.

Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory.

Source:  Frontiersman, 11 January 2002



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