Bonnie Lou Anderson

May 17, 1930October 19, 2012

Bonnie Lou (Girard) Anderson, 82, of Rockford died Friday, October 19, from complications following a stroke. She is dearly missed. Born on May 17, 1930 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Matecky) Girard.

After graduating high school, Bonnie studied Fine Art at Rae Vogue and The Art Institute of Chicago, Later working for The Silvestri Display Company.

Bonnie, “Pookie”, married Tom Anderson in November of 1951 and after living in Cody, Wyoming and Beloit, Wisconsin, settled in Rockford where she raised her three sons, Todd, Fritz, and Daniel.

With her love of art, Bonnie spent her years both taking and teaching many classes. A talent that was passed to her sons and reborn in her cherished granddaughters.

She leaves behind her husband, Tom; sons, Todd (Paula), Fritz (Kel), and Dan (Sally); granddaughters, Holly, Bridget, and Vivian; and her sister, Geraldine Pratt.

She was predeceased by her parents, infant son, Fritz James; brothers, Warren and James Girard; and a sister, Annamae Girard.

Memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2012 at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner Street, Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be submitted at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 17, 2012

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james & kathy urbanowitz

November 14, 2012

we have a heavy heart and know bonnie will be missed by many.she touched our lives in many ways.sorry for our loss our thoughts are with you.

Kelly Aanrud

November 8, 2012

I used to babysit for Todd, Fritz and Dan on Garfield Ave. and will always remember that house full of art and Bonnie's liveliness. Bonnie and Tom's house was my favorite place to babysit in those days...I recall wanting to be like Bonnie when I grew up! My condolences to Tom and sons. Kelly Noble Aanrud Amherst Jct. Wisconsin

Wyatt & Roberta Pratt

October 27, 2012

Tom and family,
Wyatt and I will miss Pookie terribly. We love you and the family very much. We are so very sorry for the loss of Pookie. Our prayers are with you and the family.
Love always,
Wyatt and Roberta Pratt

October 27, 2012

Tom and family , I just read about Bonnie's passing and am very sorry for your loss. My tought's and prayers are with you and your family. Tom Howarth

Beth 'Johnsen' Donahue

October 23, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about your wonderful mother. I have many dear memories of her and your dad way back on Garfield Ave. Please know that we are thinking of you at this very hard time.