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Full Text of SR1581  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Bonnie Ruth Gudat of Chillicothe, who
4passed away on March 24, 2018; and
5    WHEREAS, Bonnie Gudat was born to Milton and Ellen Homes
6Eastman on July 24, 1944; a lifelong reader and lover of
7learning, she studied many topics, including marine biology,
8teaching, cytology, and occupational therapy, all capped by a
9Master's Degree in Liberal Studies from Bradley University; she
10met Adam Gudat at the University of Illinois, and they married
11in Western Springs, Illinois in 1966; after their wedding, they
12moved west and settled in Los Angeles; and
13    WHEREAS, During her working years in Los Angeles, Bonnie
14Gudat first taught junior high science in the Watts area; she
15then shifted to a cytology lab, where she studied microscopic
16cancer cells; she later found a calling caring for babies with
17medical needs and teaching a creative cooking class; in 1978,
18she and her husband moved back to Illinois and adopted three
19children; her work life then included transporting children
20with medical needs to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
21serving at a special needs school in Peoria, working in
22occupational therapy, painting elaborate designs on pumpkins
23at Tanner's Orchard, and overseeing the greenhouses and



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1plantings at Luthy Botanical Garden; and
2    WHEREAS, Bonnie Gudat was a member of the Universalist
3Unitarian Church, where she planted the garden and displayed
4her orchids on the altar; she was involved in many
5organizations in Peoria, including the Garden Club, the Herb
6Guild, the Accordion Club, the OLLI Recorder Ensemble, and the
7German-American Society; and
8    WHEREAS, Bonnie Gudat was an avid gardener, inspired cook,
9and a music maker; she had an affinity for water and felt at
10home swimming and snorkeling in far away oceans and seas during
11her global travels with Adam; in recent years, she continued to
12enjoy swimming and water exercise with her friends; and
13    WHEREAS, Bonnie Gudat was the wife of Adam, the mother of
14Patrick, Marilyne, and Donald, the grandmother of four, the
15step-grandmother of four, and the step-great-grandmother of
16one; therefore, be it
18ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
19Bonnie Ruth Gudat and extend our sincere condolences to her
20family, friends, and all who knew and loved her; and be it



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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Bonnie Gudat as an expression of our
3deepest sympathy.