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Yvonne "Bonnie" Pernaski

October 15, 1936 — December 9, 2022


Yvonne "Bonnie" Pernaski


Yvonne “Bonnie” (Skewes) Pernaski was born on October 15, 1936 the oldest child of Walter and Arbutus Skewes in Hurontown, Portage Township in Houghton County, Michigan passed away December 9, 2022 at the age of 86 peacefully with her loved ones by her side. Her beautiful smile will be deeply missed.

She attended Houghton High School with the class of 1954.On July 10, 1954, she married the love of her life Joseph Pernaski. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage filled with love. They lived every moment of life together in celebration of family, and they were amazing at it. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, on October 1, 2022.

Bonnie enjoyed reading, casinos, and spending many sunrises and sunsets sitting on the porch of their dream home on Shakey Lakes, Stephenson MI looking out over the lake. Their retirement home was host to decades of family get-togethers. She spent many years waitressing at The Flamingo, The Executive and Rupps Lodge.

She is survived by her children Patricia (Ralph) Gunkel, Kelli (Scott) Kisiolek, Karen Reed and Joseph (Julia) Pernaski. She was blessed with six grandchildren: Christopher (Emily) & Angela, Paige (Alex) & Lauren, and Joseph (Allie) & Sydney (Nick). Her three beautiful great-grandchildren Audrey, Jackson and Jack Joseph. Her sisters, Shirley (Robert) Spellich and Sandra Cominsky, along with a brother Jake (Shirley) Skewes along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A private family service will be held.

A limb has fallen from the family tree.

I hear a voice that whispers ‘Grieve not for me’.

Remember the best times the laughter, the songs.

 The good I lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage I’m counting on you.

 Keep on smiling the sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease my soul is at rest.

Remembering all, how I was truly blessed.

Continue traditions no matter how small.

Go on with your lives don’t stare at the wall.

I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin.

Until that fine day we’re together again.

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