(Lucy) Bonney Varney Reger, age 91, of Tinton Falls, NJ passed away in her sleep on January 21, 2023. The youngest of two children, she was raised in Broken Bow, Nebraska during the Depression. The daughter of the town banker and an Army Captain, she loved to ride horses and read. Being a youngster thirsty for knowledge, she headed off to Emma Willard prep school in Troy, NY for high school. College called her to the opposite coast, Mills College in Oakland, CA. Living on the coast brought all sorts of new adventures but transportation before the war was difficult over long distances so she finished up her BS degree at the University of Nebraska, graduating with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi (science honorary) and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Bonney double-majored in Chemistry and Biology. Go Big Red!
Bonney’s first job was working as a bacteriologist at Parke-Davis (now Pfizer) in Detroit, MI. While it was unusual at the time for women to pursue advanced degrees, her love of learning drew her to the University of Michigan to earn a Master of Science in Bacteriology. It will not surprise you to hear that she was a rabid U of M football fan from that time onward. It was at this time that she met her husband-to-be, Paul Reger. They married after she graduated, and lived in Grosse Pointe Park and then Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, raising a family of five children over the next 25 years.