Life Story for
Bonnie Buckner Luboviski
Bonnie Buckner Luboviski died at home on Friday, August 5, 2016. She moved from San Diego to the Wood River Valley on December 20, 2014. She created her "pad" in the back bedroom of her son's residence in the Heatherlands, complete with her private outdoor deck for entertaining or watching wildlife. Having lived her first 94 years in southern California, Bonnie loved watching the snow fall, and marveled at the various creatures that moved through her front yard.
Bonnie was born in Azusa, California, on October 5, 1919, to Harry Buckner, a small businessman, and Florence, the local postmistress. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Pacific Palisades and lived in a tent with her family while the developers finished the house on their lot. Her mother also made fruit preserves in commercial quantities. Bonnie's older sister, Fern, was a violinist prodigy and the Featured Violinist with the Fred Waring Band. Her older brother, Max, could build or fix anything. Bonnie graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1935. She then enrolled at L.A City College where classes in journalism brought Bonnie and Jerry Luboviski together. They married in 1939 and enjoyed (mostly) 55 years of marriage. They raised 3 sons, Barry, Michael, and Gregory, in Arcadia, California. After Jerry retired, they moved to La Jolla, California, where Bonnie lived for over 20 years. She survived the deaths of her parents, her brother, Max, her sister, Fern, her sons, Gregory Luboviski and Michael, her daughter-in law, Maureen, and her husband, Jerry. Bonnie had two beautiful and intelligent granddaughters, Alexandra Luboviski Sullivan and Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta: one a teacher and one an artist.
Bonnie was indomitable, fiercely independent and a believer in an informed and tolerant population. She read extensively and watched every Padres baseball game she could. She was a determined and competent soul whether acting as the President of the PTA or baking, decorating, and mailing hundreds of gingerbread men every Christmas. She was a talented decorator of her living spaces and an impeccably turned-out dresser. She is survived by her son, Barry, and daughter-in-law, Jan, her two granddaughters, her granddaughter's husband, Christopher Sullivan, a great-grandson, Noah, and great-granddaughter, Phoebe. Having lost several family members to cancer, Bonnie's favorite charity was City of Hope. She desired no memorial service but her ashes will grace a portion of Idaho. Rest in Peace, dear Bonnie.