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Obituary for Leona Mae Bonovich
Leona was born on May 10, 1913 in Richmond California. When she was two years old her family moved to Rodeo California where she attended school from kindergarten through high school. After high school she went to San Francisco State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials. Upon receiving her degree, Leona began working as an elementary school teacher. She taught until 1936 when she met and married her husband, Stephen Bonovich. At that time, married women were not allowed to teach. Once WWII broke out, the rules were changed and Leona went back to her passion of teaching. In 1953 they moved to Vacaville where she continued teaching and retired in 1976 from the Vacaville Unified School District. Her passion for teaching would not be stopped by retirement! Soon after, Leona began substitute teaching for Vacaville elementary schools, and continued to do so well into her 80’s. Even after she quit substituting, Leona volunteered at the Browns Valley elementary school’s library once a week into her 90’s. Leona leaves behind her daughter-in- law, Latricia Bonovich, her grandchildren, Brenda Hood (David Hood) and Greg Bonovich (Kristine Bonovich), her great-grandchildren, Lauren Scott (Joey Scott), Robert (Brad) Spencer, Nicolas Bonovich and Jake Bonovich, and her great-great grandchildren Tessa Scott and Chase Scott. Leona was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Stephen Bonovich, and her son George Bonovich. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 10:00 am, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 425 Hemlock Street, Vacaville, California. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made to Child Haven, 801 Empire Street, Fairfield, California.