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Bonnie Corsgren

November 10, 1928 — February 26, 2020

In Memory of Bonnie Heyen Corsgren
Bonnie Irene Corsgren (m. Heyen), 91, died peacefully on February 26, 2020, at her home in Nashville, TN, after a prolonged illness. She was born on November 10, 1928, in Chicago, IL to Swedish parents Bertel G. and Irene (Signe Johanson) Corsgreen, both deceased. Bonnie was preceded in death by her former husband, Jacque DeHart Heyen (originally from Reading, PA), her sister Bertina C. Corsgreen Hill, and nephew Joseph B. Hill III (both of Hopewell, NJ).
Bonnie was a longtime resident of Knoxville, TN, where she worked for many years as a psychological examiner for Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. She graduated from Oak Park High School in Oak Park, IL; and Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL; and attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Bonnie is survived by her three loving children: Cameron Scott Heyen of Birmingham, AL (and former daughter-in-law Priscilla Peccolo Vrzal of Atlanta, GA); Carla Linnae Heyen Bolles (and son-in-law Thomas Mason Bolles) of Nashville, TN; and Jonathan Culp Heyen (and daughter-in-law Sharla) of Knoxville, TN. She is also survived by her three beloved grandsons-Cameron Matthew Heyen, Charles DeHart Heyen (and his wife Katherine) of Atlanta, GA; and Parker Mason Bolles of Nashville, TN; plus great-grandchildren Jack Peccolo Heyen, Giuliana Grace Heyen, and Charles Matthew Heyen; niece Kristina Hill Provenzano of Hopewell, NJ; and extended family members Bethany and Dan Mann, Lucy Roberts, Molly Roberts, Rosie Roberts, Sophia Roberts, Jennifer and Cory Watson, and Patricia Faulkner.
Bonnie was a voracious reader, often reading two to three books a week. She also loved to cook, listen to opera, entertain, decorate her home, stay abreast of politics, and spend time at the lake and in The Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Her exceptional intelligence was matched by her outsized compassion for people and animals. She was a longtime champion of environmental causes and a supporter of animal rights and conservation organizations.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at her daughter and son-in-law's home at 1012 Gale Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. An additional celebration of Bonnie's life will be held in Knoxville, TN, place and time to be determined. At her request, Bonnie will be cremated and her ashes scattered in a private family ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Nashville Humane Association, The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, or to the Alzheimer's Association.
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