Peter Bons

Male 1926 - 2009  (83 years)


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  • Name Peter Bons 
    Born 16 Jan 1926  Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Apr 2009  Tucson, Pima Co, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32966  Little Chute Genealogy
    Last Modified 2 May 2009 

    Father Hendrikus Jacobus Bons,   b. 01 Jul 1896, Groesbeek, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1982, Fond du Lac, Fond du lac Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Maria Gietman,   b. 01 Apr 1896, Groesbeek, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1970, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1920  Groesbeek, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F358  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Vivian Mary Traxler 
    Married 28 Apr 1956 
    Children 
     1. Michael J Bons
     2. Leanne Bons,   b. 06 Mar 1957, Kimberly, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 2012  (Age 55 years)
     3. Peter Bons
     4. Sally Bons
     5. Elizabeth Bons
     6. Richard Bons,   b. 1960,   d. 21 Nov 1961, Appleton, Outagamie, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
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    Last Modified 21 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F11222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • May 3, 2009


      Bons, Peter "Pete"


      Peter "Pete" Bons, of Arizona City, AZ, age 83, a long time Kimberly, WI, resident, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009, in Tucson, AZ. After retiring 16 years ago, he and his wife Vivian moved to sunny Arizona where he fulfilled his lifelong dream of living in a warm climate. Pete and Vivian made many wonderful friends in Arizona. Pete began his life January 16, 1926, in Nijmegen, Holland, where he was one of ten children born to the late Henry and Maria (Gietman) Bons. After his grade school years, he entered trade school where he learned to be a fine cabinet maker. Once his town in Holland was liberated by the Allies during World War II, he joined and served in the Dutch army until after the war. In 1950, his parents and most of their children moved to America to seek a new life. After a short time in the states, he entered the U.S. Army and served his new country in the Korean War and officially earned his citizenship while in Korea. On April 28, 1956, he married Vivian Traxler. They had a double wedding with his brother John marrying Vivian's sister Sally. They would have celebrated 53 years together in April. Pete established himself as a homebuilder in the Fox Valley area. He owned and operated Bons Construction for over 40 years. He spent his free time building cabinets for his family, traveling throughout the United States, and talking about his military and war time experiences. He maintained a playful sense of humor throughout his life.

      He is survived by his wife, Vivian and their five children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren: Leanne and Jim Splittgerber, Kaitlin and Jimmy, Appleton; Pete and Carol Bons, Sarah, Jon, Felicia, and Kelly, Fishers, IN; Sally and Paul DeBruin, Molly (Xzavion and Armani), Sam, Renee, and Haley, Appleton; Elizabeth and Larry George, Becky, Melanie, and Pete (Collin), Kaukauna; and Mike and Tricia Bons, Jacob, Lindsay, and Anna, Menomonee Falls, WI. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Betty Kelderman, Kimberly; Mary and Jake Raedts, Colorado; Ardine (married to Hank) Bons, Kaukauna; Bill and Rosa Bons, Little Chute; Jake and Percy Bons, Arizona; John and Sally Bons, Combined Locks; Dorothy Vander Maazen, Appleton; and Ann and John Schultz, Ohio. He is further survived by Vivian's brothers and sisters: Chris Konz, Appleton; Marian and Don Schweda, Wauwatosa WI; Sally and John Bons, Combined Locks; Dr. Anthony and Pat Traxler, Illinois; and Joe and Barb Traxler, Washington.

      He is preceded in death by an infant son Richard; one brother Hank; one sister Coby Kokke; five brother-in-laws: Jake Kelderman, Ted Kokke, Bill Vander Maazen, George Pavolich, and Ricky Allen; three sister-in-laws: Geneva (Traxler) Konz, Rita (Traxler) Allen, and Pat (Traxler) Pavolich; and Vivian's parents: Tony and Mary (Murphy) Traxler.

      The memorial mass for Pete will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton. Father Larry Abler will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.

      The family would like to thank Hospice at the Tucson, AZ VA Hospital for all the care, concern and compassion they gave Pete; your kindness will never be forgotten. Thank you all so very much.