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Bonnie Dean

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Bonnie Lee Dean, age 81 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at St. Lukes Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Bonnie Lee (Leichtman) Dean was born on February 7, 1928 to Sylvester and Verna (Eggelston) Leichtman in New Hampton, Iowa. She graduated from New Hampton High School in 1945. Bonnie was united in marriage to Robert Ladwig at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. Bonnie was later employed by the federal government and worked at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL as an Industrial Engineer. While working for the arsenal she attained her masters degree in Industrial Engineering. She was very involved with design, facilitating and coordinating munitions and weapons to our armed forces throughout several world conflicts including Vietnam, Grenada and Desert Storm in Iraq. Bonnie received numerous awards and citations by military generals for her service to our armed forces. She retired in 1996. Bonnie enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, canning and boating but most of all she enjoyed her family. Bonnie is survived by her children: Lon (Patricia) Ladwig of Sarasota, FL, Randi (Dick) Schulz of Ankeny, IA and Scott (Jayme) Ladwig of Ely, IA; grandchildren: Tricia (Brent) Arslaner, Joshua Ladwig, Shawn (Crystal) Schulz, Kristin Schulz, LeeAnn Ladwig, and Brooklyn Ladwig; two great grandchildren: Maxine Schulz and Sloan Arslaner; brother Dr. Robert Leichtman of Baltimore, MD and best friend Rita Webber, who was like a sister. She is preceded in death by her parents Sylvester and Verna Leichtman. Memorials: Cemetery: Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery. The honor guard will be provided by American Legion Fae Stine Post #38 and VFW Post #5238. Visitation: Visitation will be 10:00AM to 11:00AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Conway-Funeral Home Chapel. Service: Memorial services will be held 11:00AM on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Chapel in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt officiating.

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  1. Mom, Scott and I saw the rays of sunshine and your tears raining down on us. We know you are watching over us on that white fluffy cloud you described to us. Your children and grandchildren miss you. Love you always. Randi, Dick and Maxine “Bonnie B” I love you and I miss you sooo much. Thank you for my leaf book. Maxine

  2. Bonnies family, I worked several years with Bonnie at the Arsenal. She was a very hard worker and had a great sense of humor. And yes she loved her family very much. May Bonnie rest in the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever, Amen.

  3. Lonny Randi Families Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. You are ALL in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you ALL!!

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. Mike, Barbara, Cody, Daniel, and Claire Lorenz

  5. Scott,Jayme and family, We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. The Clendenens Jeff, Missi, Zach and Kaylee

  6. Dear Lonnie and Pat, I am so sorry to hear about your mothers death, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss in the QC Times. Bonnie was a very nice lady. I remember her working at Younkers at the mall. I pray for comfort for the family during this time. Lu

  8. Our deepest sympathies go out to you. Bonnie was always super nice to me on the occassions that we met.

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