Bonnie Jean Spoerner was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, said Jack Spoerner, her husband of 60 years.
She loved summertime visits from the grandchildren, and they would take them to the museums in Chicago or to Indiana Dunes, he said.
“She always had projects for them to do, and made books filled with games and projects for them,” he said. “She was always looking forward to them coming to visit.”
The books she made for her grandchildren have been passed down to the great-grandchildren, he said.
Bonnie Jean Spoerner, 85, of Centerville, Ohio, and formerly of Schererville and Hammond, died March 21.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Munster, where she was involved in numerous activities, including the Altar Guild. As a member of the church’s Steven Ministries, she worked with teens and young mothers.
She also was a part of a grandparent reading program, and read to first-graders for more than 20 years.
When the couple was first married, they went to Goldblatt’s in Hammond and bought a sewing machine. She could make anything from clothing to draperies, he said.
She also made beautiful, intricate dolls, which she displayed in June 2010 in the couple’s retirement complex’s Art Center in Ohio.
The couple traveled extensively together, around the continental United States as well as Hawaii and Europe, he said.
Jack Spoerner said his wife loved spending time together.
“We loved each other and liked each other. We loved to talk and visit together,” he said. “She was a loving, friendly lady and she had a great smile.”