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Bonnie Lee Langendorfer, 69, of Amesbury, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Thursday April 13, surrounded by friends and family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Bonnie was born in Carroll, Iowa on September 25, 1947, the daughter of the late LeRoy and Arlyne (Hargens) Lueth. She grew up on the family farm near Manilla, IA and attended the University of Iowa where she became interested in special needs education. After graduating in 1969 she moved to Washington, D.C., where she taught in DC public schools for almost 10 years. She received a Master’s degree in Education from George Washington University and moved to West Newbury in 1980. She married Keith Langendorfer of Huntington, NY the same year, with whom she had a son in 1984.
Bonnie worked at the Professional Center for Child Development in Andover, and for the last eighteen years has worked as a special needs teacher and coordinator at Newbury Elementary School. She enjoyed gardening, travel (visiting numerous countries in Europe and the Middle East), reading, and music- her tastes ranging from Carly Simon to Frederic Chopin. She was famous for performing in school plays at Newbury.
Bonnie was a light to all who knew her, always ready to brighten someone’s bad day with a smile and a wink. She was kind, selfless, honest, open-hearted and gentle, working tirelessly to help those who needed it most. Above all she loved the many children she worked with in her years at NES. She was someone who could truly have said, in the words of Thomas Paine:
“The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”
She was the best teacher, mother, sister, aunt and friend one could ask for, and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her son, Breton, of Philadelphia PA, her sister, Judy Hilliard of Lake View, AR; her nephew, Matt Hilliard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her grand-nieces and nephews Anna, Megan, Mason and Jake, and by many loving friends and coworkers.
Visiting hours for Bonnie will be held Monday, April 24 at Twomey, LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home at 193 High St. in Newburyport, from 4 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held for her at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Holy Family Parish Church, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, 2 Harris St., Newburyport, MA 01950.
For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  April 22, 2017
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