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Sharon “Sheri” Jean Remington Bonine, 61, died of heart problems on Jan. 20, 2018, in Springfield, Oregon.
She was born Dec. 9, 1956.
She married Eldon Bonine on Oct. 9, 1976, in Springfield. When they moved to Alaska in 1990, they lived on a Gildersleeve Logging Company float camp on Prince of Wales Island.
She immediately began working for the Southeast Island School District as a kindergarten aide in Polk Inlet. The next year, she became a paraprofessional working with the one teacher in the small school. She worked in that role for nine years with three different teachers before she moved to Ketchikan.
In Ketchikan, Mrs. Bonine worked for Del Stacy at Seaside Trading for four years. After her younger son graduated from Ketchikan High School, she moved to join her husband, who worked in different logging camps.
“She spent the rest of her life with him, except for the six years she cared for her mother in Springfield,” her family writes.
After returning from Springfield, Mrs. Bonine moved from Icy Bay to the Cleveland Peninsula to Hollis, working in the cookhouse, bunkhouse and commissary, wherever she could help out. Her last job was bookkeeper at the AC Grocery Store in Craig.
While she always came back to the Springfield area to visit family and friends, she “loved living in Alaska and all that went with that lifestyle,” her family writes.
“Sheri loved life. She liked to be outdoors in the fresh air,” her family writes. “She enjoyed needlework, sewing, gardening, yard work and had a huge love of animals.
“She loved teaching and helping others,” they write. “She was a ‘people person,’ finding some way to brighten the day of even the grumpiest soul. She met many people through her lifetime and enjoyed the many friendships she made in Alaska as well as from her youth, high school and beyond. ... She will be sorely missed by family and many friends.
Mrs. Bonine was preceded in death by her parents, Leroy and Lucille Remington; and sister, Mary Ann.
She is survived by her husband, Eldon Bonine; sons, Evan Bonine of Alaska and Bret Bonine of Ireland; brother, David; sister, Joyce; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Cards and condolences may be sent to Eldon Bonine, P.O. Box 883, Craig, AK 99921.