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OBITUARY

Bonnie Aliene Latta

April 29, 1936August 25, 2019
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Bonnie Aliene (Voris) Latta, 83, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1936 to the late Ralph and Agnes (Jackson) Voris in Springfield, Missouri. She married Rod Latta on May 14, 1977, in Bloomington.

She started what would become Latta Suzuki School of Music in 1975 and operated the business for over 40 years with her husband Rod, in Springfield. This was her life’s work, but for Bonnie it was never work, it was her passion. Bonnie loved to teach. She also served as a music leader, pianist, organist, and teacher in several churches and schools throughout the years. Most recently, she was a member of Westside Christian Church.

She will be remembered by many as a loving friend, mentor, mom, grandma, grammy, and great grandma.

Bonnie is survived by her two children, Larry Dill and Janet (husband Mark) Brewer; grandchildren Myers (wife Christine) Dill, Dillon Brewer, Analise Brewer, and Emily (husband Sam) Bartlett; great grandchildren Hudson Bartlett and Lucia Dill. Additionally, she is survived by her six step children, Mike (wife Raylene) Latta, David (wife Kathy) Latta, Valerie Green, Nancy (husband Larry) Albert, Andy (wife Polly) Latta, and Craig (wife Lynnette) Latta; fourteen step grandchildren, and eighteen step great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Rod, granddaughter Katlyn Brewer, and four siblings, Felcie, Thelma, Wilma, and Bill.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 4 till 7 pm at West Side Christian Church in Springfield. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10 am at West Side. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.

Memorials may be made to West Side Christian Church or Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

  • DONATIONS

  • West Side Christian Church
  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Funeral Friday, August 30, 2019

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Jane Hartman Irwin

August 29, 2019

Dear Latta family, How sorry I am to learn of the passing of your mother. She was truly a lovely, patient and kind person and teacher. Her list of piano students is extensive and they all loved her! I was so lucky to be able to work with her and to call her a colleague and friend. Her kindness to me will never be forgotten. Please know you have my deepest sympathy.

Barbara Wheeler

August 29, 2019

Bonnie and Rod were such great partners in the music they presented over the years. I loved to hear Bonnie play the piano and she was always willing to do so. They were a great Christian couple and now that she has gone to be with Rod in Heaven, she will be missed by so many, including me.

Caren Hughs

August 29, 2019

I could never get over how patient Bonnie was with all her piano students. And I believe my son Joseph was definitely one of the squirmy ones! But she ALWAYS took her time with him and was ALWAYS so positive and affirming with him. We have great respect for Bonnie and all she accomplished with SO many students!!

Lesa Myers

August 29, 2019

Thanks not just for the music but the wonderful examples of how to love and live for so many years not only to our children but to us as well. So grateful to have had both Rod and Bonnie in our lives . Paul and Lesa Myers

Tricia McDonald

August 28, 2019

I am so sorry, Janet and family. Your mother was such a wonderful woman. I am sad I cannot be there to pay my respects in person. I admired her greatly. She had such talent and used it so well to teach others and to worship. I am so glad that she was a part of my life and the lives of my children. You have my deepest sympathies. Love, Tricia

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Biography

Bonnie Aliene (Voris) Latta, 83, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital.

She was born April 29, 1936 to the late Ralph and Agnes (Jackson) Voris in Springfield, Missouri. She married Rod Latta on May 14, 1977, in Bloomington.

She started what would become Latta Suzuki School of Music in 1975 and operated the business for over 40 years with her husband Rod, in Springfield. This was her life’s work, but for Bonnie it was never work, it was her passion. Bonnie loved to teach. She also served as a music leader, pianist, organist, and teacher in several churches and schools throughout the years. Most recently, she was a member of Westside Christian Church.

She will be remembered by many as a loving friend, mentor, mom, grandma, grammy, and great grandma.

Bonnie is survived by her two children, Larry Dill and Janet (husband Mark) Brewer; grandchildren Myers (wife Christine) Dill, Dillon Brewer, Analise Brewer, and Emily (husband Sam) Bartlett; great grandchildren Hudson Bartlett and Lucia Dill. Additionally, she is survived by her six step children, Mike (wife Raylene) Latta, David (wife Kathy) Latta, Valerie Green, Nancy (husband Larry) Albert, Andy (wife Polly) Latta, and Craig (wife Lynnette) Latta; fourteen step grandchildren, and eighteen step great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Rod, granddaughter Katlyn Brewer, and four siblings, Felcie, Thelma, Wilma, and Bill.

Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 29 from 4 till 7 pm at West Side Christian Church in Springfield. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 10 am at West Side. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield.

Memorials may be made to West Side Christian Church or Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.