Bonnie Rose DeGroot, 74, Stevens Point, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Northwinds Vent Community in Wausau, while under the care of Ministry Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Thomas Petersen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Friday until the services.
Shuda Funeral Service of Stevens Point and Plover assisted the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Bonnie was born on July 3, 1937 in La Harpe, Ill., a daughter of the late Leland and Iva (Wessell) Freeman. Her family moved to Almond in 1947. She attended school in Wisconsin and Illinois, graduating from Janesville School for the Visually Handicapped.
She was married to George DeGroot on July 22, 1959, in West De Pere. He died in 2009.
They moved back to the Almond area in 1964 and to Stevens Point in 1991. Together they ran an adult family home for almost 40 years, helping more than two dozen individuals who lived in their home over the years.
She was involved in the community as an advocate for the disabled population. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and its YAHS group. She was an active honorary member of Community Friends.
Survivors include one brother, Harold (Joyce) Freeman, Sycamore, Ill.; a local niece, Ruby (Michael) Rajkowski, Almond; a local nephew, Larry Freeman, Plover; and special friends, Ruban and Richard.