Juanita A. Zeller, 66


Juanita A. (Bone) Zeller, 66, of Sorento,  died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at her residence.

Cremation rites will be accorded., and the family will host a celebration of life luncheon beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Sorento Municipal Building, located at 105 E. Taylor Street in Sorento. The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Sorento with arrangements.

Mrs. Bone was born Nov. 28, 1956, in Litchfield, the daughter of Robert Leroy and Mary Hannah (Schoeneweis) Bone.  She married John Zeller on June 12, 1976, at the Assembly of God in Sorento, and they later divorced.

She graduated from Greenville High School with the Class of 1975 and went on to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to study photography.  She then graduated from Allied Medical College for Nursing.  Mrs. Bone worked as a nurse for the American Red Cross, Hillsboro Hospital, and Christian Hospital, before retiring as a school bus driver for Bond County Community School District #2 after over 20 years of service.  After retiring she drove another two years for Cavallo and began studying at Kaskaskia College to earn her LPN certificate.  Mrs. Bone enjoyed photography and cooking, but most of all she loved taking care of her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Bone is survived by her daughters, Joni Zeller of Greenville and Nina (Paul “Tygur”) Whiteside, Jr. of Sorento; grandchildren, Edward Zeller of Sorento, Katie (Austin) Garcia of Greenville, and Dean Whiteside of Sorento; siblings, Mary Jo Bone of Panama, Patricia (Tony) Rapien of Sorento, Barbara Earnest of Sorento, Terry (Cheryl) Bone of Sorento, Robert (Jacqueline) Bone of Panama, Robin Bone of Sorento, and Willis (Bunny) Bone of Sorento; stepmother, Patty Jo Bone of Sorento; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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