Opal 'Bonnie' Eichman


Posted: Monday, March 17, 2003

Former Juneau resident Opal "Bonnie" Eichman, 92, died March 4, 2003, in Sequim, Wash.

She was born Nov. 20, 1910, in Portales, N.M., to Albert and Pearl (Clow) Paget. She moved to the family homestead in Covert, Kan. She attended Fort Hayes College and graduated from Eastern New Mexico State College. She married John I. Eichman in 1932.

During her career as a teacher, she taught in Kansas and on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, as well as spending 17 years teaching kindergarten classes in the Juneau School District. She retired in 1971 and moved with her husband to Salida, Colo.

Her interests included painting, arts and crafts, piano and dancing. She loved teaching. Her activities included Eastern Star, the National Education Association and many other groups. Her family said they treasure the memories of her love of children and her endless domestic abilities. They said many of her students will long remember her loving ways and never-ending patience.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Eichman, her sister, Milbrue Heitschmidt, and her brother, Lester Paget.

She is survived by her son, John (Lee) Orlan Eichman of Fort Collins, Colo., her daughter, Sondra (Bob) Baer of Anchorage, and her son, Roger (Jean) Eichman of Nordland, Wash.; her sister, Erma Michie of Salt Lake City, Utah; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for this summer in Kansas.

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