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BARBARA HOWE BONGERS
POWDER SPRINGS GEORGIA and LINDENHURST, NEW YORK
Barbara Howe Bongers, 83 of Powder Springs, GA passed away on 15 November 2017.
Barbara was born 31 January 1934 in Belmore, New York. She grew up as Barbara Louise Thayer in Baldwin, New York. She married William Cragg Howe and raised 4 children in Lindenhurst, NY. She was active in Girl and Boy Scouting programs and loved working with children. She attended St John’s Lutheran Church in Lindenhurst and was well involved with the Mr. & Mrs. Club, Luther League and the Alter Guild.
After the passing of her husband Cragg she moved to Powder Springs, Georgia. Mrs. Bongers remarried to Mr. Leonard Bongers for 22 years. The American Legion Auxiliary became her passion later in life. Barbara was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Paul Bongers; her dear sister, Beverly Lombardo (John Lombardo) of Riverhead NY; and her brother, Gary Thayer (Cathy Thayer) of Wantagh NY. Another brother, Albert Thayer III preceded her in death. Her children include, Wayne Howe (Susan Merriam) of Jericho, VT; Deborah Valentino (Nicholas Valentino) of North Babylon NY; William Howe (Lorrie Getter-Howe) Old Tappan, NJ; Christopher Howe (Deanna Howe) Albany, GA; Jennifer Reed (Scot Reed) of Doylestown PA; Jeanine Meyer (Farmingville NY). Her grandchildren include, Emerson Howe (Laurie Howe) of Jericho, VT, Eleanor Howe of Old Tappan NJ, Kristin Reed of Doylestown, PA, Matthew Reed of Doylestown, PA, Siobhan Meyer of Farmingville, NY and Riley Meyer of Farmingville, NY.
Barbara’s family would like to thank her neighbors from Woodcliff Way in Powder Springs for the friendship and care they showed her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 10:00 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lindenhurst, NY. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the American Legion Post 411, Islip, NY. The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation 3570 Buford Highway, Suite 202, Duluth, GA 30096 (678)584-0914. Condolences may be shared at www.GeorgiaCremation.com