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Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home

6424 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Patricia Bonsib

December 15, 1927June 15, 2020
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Patricia Bonsib, 92, of Fort Wayne passed away on June 15, 2020 after a long illness. Patricia was born on December 15, 1927 to the late Carl and Maria Grothouse. She graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1945. While in high school she was a cheerleader, guard on the girls basketball team, and prom queen. She loved to ice skate and was the city-wide ice skating champion in 1944. Patricia married Robert Gladieux after high school. They had three sons, Robert, Stephen and Curtis. Robert Gladieux founded Gladiuex Men’s Ware located in downtown Fort Wayne. After his untimely death in 1962, Patricia successfully managed the business for several years, a remarkable accomplishment at the time for a single mom with three children. In 1964, she married John Bonsib an executive at the Bonsib Advertising Agency. This union included his two daughters, Deborah and Rebecca. Bonsib Advertising later became the largest advertising agency in the state. Patricia played a key role in this growth with supervision of financial matters and other office functions. She played a similar key role following John’s creation of the Citizens Cable Communication Inc. In 1978, they won the Fort Wayne cable franchise. Patricia and John loved to travel taking numerous cruises throughout the world including around the world cruises. Patricia loved rose gardening and produced beautiful bouquets of dried flowers. She also loved to gamble making weekly Saturday trips to casinos; her specialty was video poker. She had many royal flushes and staunchly maintained that she consistently beat the house (a claim, of course, without confirmation). Patricia Bonsib is lovingly remembered by her family for her many fine personal qualities. She was fiercely independent, driving and living on her own until age 90. She was also an attentive and loving spouse and mother. She is survived by five children, Deborah (Michael) Christman, Rebecca (Rob) Bonsib, Robert (Cynthia) Bonsib, Stephen (Christine) Bonsib, and Curtis Bonsib. She had nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A private celebration of her life will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, 1101 Lafayette St., Fort Wayne, Ind. (46802); Community Harvest Food Bank, 999 East Tillman Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind. (46816), or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 10700 Aboite Center Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind. (46804). Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne is handling arrangements.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Mary's Soup Kitchen
  • Community Harvest Food Bank
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

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Carol Singleton

June 24, 2020

Mrs. Bonsib was a dear and treasured lady. She loved her husband, John very much and adored her family. Her family are her and Johns legacy. She will be missed. Our sympathy to her family. Carol and Rose (Maid Perfect)

NANCY CHAPMAN

June 21, 2020

Dear Bob, Stephen, Deb, Becky, Curt and families...
My prayers to you all in the passing of your mom. The Zoom service was so nicely done and I meant to speak to each of you about your sweet mother. I enjoyed visiting with her this past year following John's death. She was so proud of each of you and pleased with the family they raised. The love between your family over the years was such an inspiration to us all. She was an amazing woman and I was so happy that she and John got together after each had such heartbreak to overcome. I remember their lovely wedding and the special part you each played in the ceremony, which the photo in the tribute brought back to mind. (Helen VanArnam was my Aunt as she was married to Howard, who was my mother, Elizabeth "Betty" VanArnam Simmons' brother. ) Deb and I were born 2 months apart so were very close.
May God continue to bless each of you with sweet memories of your mom, dad and wonderful family.
Love, your cousin... Nancy (Simmons) Chapman


Dan Banut and Family

June 21, 2020

A great Lady ! Always welcomed me into her home during my high school years. Supported all of us during our school years. Nice people.
Im very sorry to the family and pray for strength.
Always, Dan Banut

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