Bonna Lea Luedke
Bonna Lea (Fivecoat) Luedke, 83, of Atwood, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1930, the oldest of two children of Claude and Florence Fivecoat, on her grandparents’ farm in Colony. She was very fond of her sister Claudette who was five years younger than she.
Her father worked for the oil pipeline traveling from place to place for eight years; therefore, she attended 30 schools in her childhood. In 1947 they moved back to the Colony. Not long after, she met a young man that caught her eye named Norman Luedke in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Colony High School in 1948. She then received her teaching certificate from Emporia Teacher’s College.
Norman and Bonna Lea were united in marriage on Sept. 7, 1948, at United Methodist Church in Iola. They moved to Atwood in the fall of 1948. She taught school for one year.
She has lived in Atwood ever since, being a homemaker, raising her children and helping with the bookkeeping for their business, Luedke Construction, which they started in December 1969. Through this business they enjoyed meeting many people in the community. All of their sons and their son-in-law did construction and their daughter did bookkeeping helping them with the family business throughout the years. She enjoyed crocheting, baking pies and cookies, sewing, reading and most of all enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often stated; “we’ve had a wonderful life.”
Preceding her in death were her parents and a great-grandson Bear Luedke.
She is survived by her husband Norman; their children, Dennis Luedke and wife Bernadette, Atwood; Dale Luedke, Dodge City, Joann Luedke, Lenexa; James Luedke, Atwood; Lisa Adams and husband, James (Jim) Adams, Lakin; Brian Luedke and wife Judy, Colby; her sister, Claudette (Fivecoat) Anderson and husband, Gene Anderson, Colony; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Friday at Baalmann Mortuary, Atwood. The funeral is 10:30 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, Atwood. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or God’s Little Saints Preschool in care of Baalmann Mortuary, 109 N. 2nd St., Atwood, KS 67730. Online condolences: www.baalmannmortuary.com.
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