OBITUARY: Bonita Teuber, Original March Of Dimes Baby, Passes in Burien
Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation (an Advertiser here on The B-Town Blog) reports the passing of a wonderful lady with a unique place in twentieth century American history.
Bonita Teuber, 72, the original March of Dimes baby, passed away last month. She had been a resident at Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation during the past 4-1/2 years.
We’ll let Katie Olson, Burien N & R Community Relations and Marketing Director, tell the story:
On April 2, 2012, Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center lost a long time resident, friend and historical figure of our pastime. Bonita “Bonnie” M. Teuber (maiden name: Kuinders), born on October 31, 1939, holds national, historical recognition as the original March of Dimes baby.
At age two, Teuber was diagnosed with infantile paralysis. While this tragedy shook the entire family, it was through this experience that Teuber had the unique opportunity of meeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1938, FDR spearheaded the March of Dimes Foundation, in hopes of combating polio disease.
On August 8, 2007, Bonnie arrived at Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Though she arrived as a fragile, aged woman, the staff at Burien Nursing and Rehab discovered that beneath the creases of her smile and within the warmth of her eyes was a woman who had lived her life to the fullest, despite the ever-pressing conditions of the crippling disease she faced daily.
Administrator of Burien Nursing and Rehab, Lynda Baldwin, says of Bonnie:
“It was a privilege having Bonnie spend her last few years with us here at our facility. The support of her family and friends who visited on a regular basis is a testament to the woman which Bonnie was. We will miss her greatly.”
Resident Care Manager Devinder Kaur, who spent several hours with Bonnie in her last years of life, states that she, “was very close with Bonnie and her family. Sometimes, when I would talk to other residents, Bonnie would look at me, almost as if she wanted me to talk with her instead of the others. I was at the facility when Bonnie passed, it was a sad moment, but I will never forget her, her family and the legacy she has left here.”
Receptionist Jenny Busch smiles as she looks back on her memories with Bonnie and says that, “Bonnie was such a kind lady that always wanted to know how you were doing before you could ask her how she was doing. She was happy even though she was in pain, and she will be dearly missed around here.”
Here are some newspaper clippings showing young Bonita, with Eleanor Roosevelt and at a camp – click images to see larger versions:
Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a five-star rated skilled nursing facility located one block east of Ambaum Boulevard SW on SW 130th Street in Burien.
Burien Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
1031 SW 130th Street
Burien, WA 98146