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.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)God, in His infinite wisdom called our beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, A. F. Collins, from labor to reward.Artie Farris Collins was... [More]
Frances May Poffenbarger, 82, rural Toronto, passed away Sunday morning, March,19, 2017, at the home of her granddaughter,Tisha, in LaHarpe. Frances was born June 1, 1943, the daughter of Allen Francis “Heiny” and Pauline (Belvoir) Heinrich. She spent her childhood... [More]
Shirley Arlene Heath, 67, Longton, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Sedan. Shirley was born on June 17, 1949 in Iola, the daughter of Charles and Peggy (Schaeffer) Barker. On April 20, 1969, Shirley married Robert Heath in Tacoma, Wash. They later divorced. Shirley... [More]
March is National Women’s History Month. The 2017 theme honors women who have successfully challenged the traditional role of women in the workplace. Ashley Robb, 32, Iola, is a local woman who has not only challenged the role of women in the paid labor force but also challenged... [More]
Up until a week ago, Roland Sutterby’s plans were to manage a multi-million-dollar lumberyard in Iola’s vacated Herff Jones plant.The excitement was palpable.He had in his hands a contract to purchase the old Herff Jones plant. He was riding in a $60,000 fully loaded... [More]
March is National Women’s History Month. The 2017 theme honors women who have successfully challenged the traditional role of women in the workplace. Andrea Umbarger, 25, Humboldt, is a local woman who has not only challenged the role of women in the paid labor force but... [More]
- Fighting fire with fire: Women working outside the box
- TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE: Lumberyard a ruse, Iola man fumes
- Step aside, Angie Dickinson: Women working outside the box
- Iolan tapped to oversee economic development effort
- Greenery closes doors
- Judge consolidates hearings for murder case
- Who says guys get to have all the fun?
- Ambulance stations draw county’s attention
The Fillies have benefited from a unique dynamic all year with three continents represented amongst the basketball and softball teams.Senior Sofia Generi was one of the team’s managers for basketball and has been a player on Iola’s volleyball and softball teams this... [More]
CHANUTE — The Red Devil baseball team got off to a hot start in game one on Thursday in Chanute with a big six-run second inning to take a quick lead against Neosho County Community College.Allen Community College’s Sky-Lar Culver and Robby Enriquez each homered in... [More]
- Pair of foreign exchange students add international flair to Fillies
- ROAD SPLIT: Red Devils take series opener in Chanute
- Umholtz’s hit salvages split for Red Devils
- Former rivals share big goals in final season as Hornets
- Keeter wins Humboldt’s NASCAR debut
- Ready for opening day
- 2017 All-State
- Mustangs host Columbus, Parsons and Independence