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Bonneviere "Bonnie" C (Calkins) Lyle

March 9, 1924 ~ March 3, 2020 (age 95)


Bonneviere (Bonnie) Calkins Lyle passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Fifth Floor Saint Anne‘s Extended Healthcare, Winona, Minnesota. 

Bonnie was born March 9, 1924, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Albert and Bonneviere Calkins.  She graduated from Racine’s Washington Park High School. Following graduation, she spent two years at Lawrence University before heading to Tobe Coburn in New York City.

On Feb 26, 1947, Bonnie married James Burton Lyle, at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City. Following a Bermuda honeymoon, they returned to Racine, where they raised two children, and Bonnie served as a gracious hostess at many business-related functions. Following Jim’s retirement, they moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1971. After Jim’s death in 2000, Bonnie stayed in Tucson until 2006, when she moved to Winona, Minnesota, to be closer to family.

Bonnie and Jim loved to be with family, travel, and spend time at their summer home in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Among Bonnie’s personal favorite and longtime activities with friends were playing golf, bridge, and mahjong. During retirement, Bonnie also loved to needle point and being involved with the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America—Arizona. 

Bonnie was a member of the Colonial Dames, the Junior League of Racine and Tucson, and her college sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Bonnie was preceded in death by husband, her parents, and her brother, Richard Calkins. She, like they, will be deeply missed.

Bonnie is survived by her son John Burton Lyle, of Seattle, Washington; her daughter Dr. Ann (John) Rethlefsen, of Winona, Minnesota; granddaughters Melissa (James Moriarty) Rethlefsen of Gainesville, Florida; and Carrie (Brian) Schneider of Golden Valley, Minnesota; great-grandson Adam Moriarty Rethlefsen; great-granddaughter Rylen Elysia Schneider, and many cherished nieces and nephews.

A private family funeral will be held.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minnesota.

The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the extraordinary caregivers on the Fifth Floor of St. Anne’s Extended Healthcare along with all of St. Anne’s staff and Dr. Charles Shepard.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at .

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