Bonnie Noeninger

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Bonnie Lee Noeninger, nee Fairbanks, 80, of Shiloh, IL, born December 21,1941, in Ottawa, IL, died Monday, June 27, 2022, at Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Bonnie was a 1959 graduate of Mascoutah Community High School and Joliet School of Beauty Culture. Over the years she worked in retail at Kresge’s in Belleville; Keg, Crate & Barrel in O’Fallon, IL; and for a time, had her own beauty shop, The Pink Cottage, in Shiloh, IL.

She spent time in the past working with the Miss St. Clair County Beauty Pageant, a part of the Miss Illinois and Miss America system. Bonnie enjoyed taking pictures and was a member of the Light & Lens Photography Club in Centralia, IL.  A wonderful cook, she loved to sew and crochet, and made many afghans to give to family and friends.  She enjoyed reading, camping, and walking the many trails of Southern Illinois. She loved going to the monthly “Lunch Bunch” get-togethers with her church friends. One of the latest books was always nearby to read.

Her death was unexpected and a shock to those who knew and loved her. Bonnie loved her family and her church, Shiloh United Methodist Church. She will live on in the special memories of her family and all who knew her. A special person gone too soon; she will be accepted in heaven.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ward Hunter Noeninger; her father, Arnold Fairbanks; and her mother, Vivian, nee Barkley, Fairbanks.

Surviving are her husband James Noeninger of Shiloh, IL, whom she celebrated 61 years of marriage with on June 10, 2022;
a daughter, Laura (Kevin) Prokopf of Troy, IL;
two granddaughters, Kari (Bill) Peterson of Weldon Springs, MO,  and Ashlee (Michael) Crosby of Terra Haute, IN;
three great-grandchildren, William Peterson, Gavin Peterson, and Wynnie Crosby;
and a sister, JoAnn (Butch) Harrison of Niles, MI.

Though Bonnie loved flowers, she wanted memorials to be made to Shiloh Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 210 South Main St., Shiloh, IL.


11 Comments on Bonnie Noeninger

David Brewer said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2022 at 5:34 AM

Our Father, as we mourn the passing of your good and faithful servant, Bonnie, we give thanks for her life and celebrate her "going home." We take comfort that she has taken her place among the other Saints in heaven. Touch our hearts and minds with the memories of her life among us. May we remember her example and the role of "Faith, Hope, and Love" as we continue to write additional chapters in our lives. In His name we ask this, AMEN.

  • DeSoto
  • IL
William Snyder said : Guest Report Jul 09, 2022 at 4:15 PM

Lael and I want to express sincerest sympathy. Bonnie was a fine person. Please let us know if we can do anything.

  • Salen
  • Illinois
Ayanna Karasek said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2022 at 7:39 PM

Bonnie watched me grow up at Shiloh UMC and often took me under her wing showering love over me. I remember singing in the soprano section next to her at the Billy Grahm Crusades when I was a preteen. I was not aware Bonnie had passed until this evening after a special blessing that left me curious all day… This morning, July 8, in that time right before waking up I had a visitation, but I didn’t know from whom. I looked out from my bed across my room and saw a brown door frame and open door near my white door with a yellow light behind a lady who my heart knew was a younger version of an older women I knew. I specifically remember seeing a brown perm-like hairstyle hugging her face, but couldn’t place how I knew her. I think I was watching myself or my spirit hug her. I couldn’t feel the hug and didn’t get a good look at myself. My focus wasn’t on me, just on her face and the open doorway and the light for literally just a moment. And then I was fully awake wondering who just visited me. On the car ride home later in the day I was telling my parents about it, and my mom said, "You know, last week Bonnie Noeninger from church passed away suddenly." Mom sent me a picture of her obituary which included a picture of her younger self, and I teared up when I saw her, that younger Bonnie is the person my spirit hugged this morning! How amazing is that! Such a dear sweet lady!

  • Davenport
  • FL
Mike Schwartz said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2022 at 4:35 PM

Jim, Carol and I are very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed spending time with you both and we will miss Bonnie.

  • Salem
  • IL
Jim Vernier said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2022 at 5:30 AM

Jim, Laura, Kevin, Very sorry for your loss, prayers for your family.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
ken bruce said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2022 at 7:38 PM

There are no words to tell someone just how they will feel about having to deal with the loss of a loved one, only time will console you. Bonnie will be deeply missed by her many friends and family. I'm glad that I was able to spend time with her when I'd come home for visits. We all have lost a wonderful woman. Ken Bruce

  • van alstyne
  • TX said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2022 at 9:03 PM

I am so sorry, Jim. You have my sincerest sympathies. God bless you.

  • Maryland Heights
  • MO
JoAnn Harrison said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2022 at 4:04 PM

My beautiful sister whom I always idolized. I will miss you and miss our talks till I meet you in heaven ❤️

  • Niles
  • MI
Judy Luer said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2022 at 2:38 PM

Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. Bonnie was such a wonderful woman. Hugs. Judy

  • Mt. Vernon
  • Illinois
Jean Wallace said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2022 at 11:32 AM

Bonnie was loved by so many. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. Take care Jim and family.

  • San Tan Valley
  • AZ
Mike Hourigan said : Guest Report Jun 30, 2022 at 8:09 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss Jim. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Salem
  • Illinois

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