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Bonnie Lou Kemper, 83, of Wayland passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Green Acres of Wayland under the loving care of her family and Kindred Hospice. The daughter of Rufus R. & Marjorie (Jager) Hunt, she was born on May 04, 1937 in Montague.

She was a graduate of Montague High School and Michigan State University. Bonnie was a proud lifelong Spartan. She taught English in both California and Michigan along with many other interesting pursuits. Bonnie had a love of reading and travel which took her on many wonderful adventures, but the greatest pleasure was time spent with her five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by  her parents. Surviving are her children, Jim & Janis Kemper, and Anne & Sean Toohey; grandchildren, Jack Kemper, Jill Kemper, Joe & Ann Kemper, Frank Toohey, and Katie Toohey; sister, Carol Black & Bill Black; nephew, Bruce Welch; and niece, Liz Spindler.

The family is planning a life celebration in her home town of Montague on August 29th, 2020. Details will be announced at a later time.

Instead of flowers, Bonnie would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation at ;  Montague United Methodist or Wayland United Church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Bonnie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006, honored providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Peggy mcbride on June 30, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Bonnie was an amazing woman! She had a zest for life and I’m so honored that I was able to be her friend while at green acres! She will surely be missed! Prayers for peace and comfort, to all who knew and loved her ❤️❤️

  2. Bev Middleton on July 1, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing but she is now at peace and I hope that gives you comfort. We enjoyed our little visits when she was out for her walks with her dog or in the dinning room. Will miss her smiles and kind words. She was such and kind soul.

    Helen (resident from Green Acres) and Bev

  3. Joseph Clark on July 4, 2020 at 7:41 am

    To family of Bonnie Lou Hunt Kemper,
    Bonnie was one of the kindest and considerate persons I have ever known. She demonstrated these traits way back in grade school.
    Joe Clark (Judy too)

  4. Mary Ann Bard on July 5, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Carol just read about Bonnie’s passing and want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Think of you so often with so many fond memories .

  5. Pat Catellier on July 6, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Bonnie was very involved in social justice activities while attending Montague UMC. I met her there and enjoyed her friendship, her commitment to those on the margins and her wonderful sense of humor.

  6. Rhonda Gerig on July 6, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Jim, Janis, Anne and Sean,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom has a special place in my heart. Thinking of you all and sending hugs.

  7. Claire Schlaff on July 9, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Bonnie was known for her kindness. One day, when our two sons were children, I found myself in a situation in which I needed to quickly find a volunteer to help someone out. One of our sons said, “Call Mrs. Kemper. She would do it even if she had a birthday party to go to”.

    I’m glad our family had a chance to know her.

  8. Sally McLouth on July 12, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    To the Bonnie Kemper Family,

    Bonnie was such a gentle, loving woman and I have been missing her and her kids ever since
    she left Montague. Bonnie was my supporter when I was a young Mother and I loved her
    very much. They don’t come any better. Much love and sympathy to Jim, Ann and families.

    Sally McLouth

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