Barbara (Bobbie) Elaine Wonert
1930 - 2014
Bobbie Wonert, a former 20 year resident of Tehachapi, passed away in a Chico hospital on Jan. 2, 2014 with a daughter and grandson at her side. She was 83 years old. A memorial service was held Jan. 15, 2014 at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Paradise.
Bobbie was born on a small farm in Beaver City, Neb. on March 5, 1930 and was the youngest of six children., Bobbie moved to Pasadena at the age of 17 where she met George Schultz, was married and had two children. Tragically, George died three years later in a fishing accident, in Wisconsin where they had moved. Bobbie returned to California and met and married Carl Wonert and had two more children. Bobbie was preceded in death by Carl in 1988 and then retired and moved to Tehachapi in 1989. Bobbie loved children and worked as a crossing guard for the Covina Police Department for 25 years. Bobbie moved to Paradise several years ago with her youngest daughter and her husband.
Bobbie was an active member of the First United Church her entire life and continued to worship and serve at the First United Methodist Church in Paradise. Bobbie had been active in her children's lives by serving as a den mother in Cub Scouts, leader in Camp Fire Girls, PTA president and the various sporting activities of her boys. Bobbie enjoyed gardening and took great pride in her garden; she also enjoyed watching the deer and other wildlife feed in the nearby forest.
Bobbie is survived by her four children, Linda Brown of Tehachapi; George Schultz of St. Maries, Idaho; Nancy Tiegland of Paradise and John Wonert of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren, several who graduated from Tehachapi High School, Susan Wilson, Eddie Brown, Christine Brown, Stephanie Hawkins, Brian Tate and James Tate and 22 great grandchildren.
Bobbie will be laid to rest, at a later date, next to her parents and George Schultz in Nebraska. Bobbie's home was in California but her heart has always been in Nebraska.