Bonnie Lee Barning, 88, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Miller’s Health and Rehabilitation in La Porte, Indiana, with her daughter at her side.
She was born on Oct. 26, 1930, in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Elmer Stratman and Isabel (Strange) Stratman.
Bonnie was a Master Gardener and had a particular love for Bearded Iris and Hostas. She enjoyed playing bridge, loved music and singing in her church choir (UCC). She served many years as a Girl Scout leader and also as president of the Tekoppel Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. She worked as a secretary for Prudential Life Insurance, Harris Upham Brokerage Firm, Hobart Brothers and the Indiana State Board of Health. After retirement she lived in Richmond, Indiana. There, she was a member of P.E.O., the Richmond Petal and Stem Garden Club, she served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Hendricks County Bluebirds Society, and occasionally volunteered at the Richmond Rose Garden and Vaile Elementary School.
Bonnie, was a majorette in the Reitz H.S. Marching Band where she met her future husband Phil, a drummer! On Feb. 9, 1951, in Evansville, Indiana, she married that high school sweetheart, Carl Phillip Barning Jr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 1994.
She is survived by her daughter, Carrie Ann (Harold) Carlson, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana; five grandchildren, Christopher (Tanya) Hitch, Erinn (Tom) Jankowski, Craig (Whitney) Carlson, Brian (Angela) Carlson and Rebecca (Matthew) Williamson; and six great-grandchildren, Ozzy Jankowski, Conrad Carlson, Emma and Avery Carlson, and Benjamin and Henry Williamson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Beth Lynn (Richard) Hitch.
Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, Indiana, where family will receive friends on Thursday, June 12, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a life celebration at 6:30 p.m.
The family would like to thank the nursing professionals and CNAs at Brentwood, Miller’s Health and Rehab and La Porte Hospital for their compassionate and professional care of Bonnie while at their facilities.
Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.