Bonnie Lynn Wyzgala
February 9, 1960 – May 4, 2018
Bonnie Lynn Wyzgala passed from this life on to her eternal home on May 4, 2018 in Allen, Texas. Bonnie was born on February 9, 1960 to her parents, William Wyzgala Sr. and Lorraine Wyzgala in Elmhurst, Illinois. Bonnie shared her childhood with five siblings, growing up in Berkeley, Illinois with Barbara, Linda, Larry, Carol, and William. Bonnie graduated in 1978 from Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. She graduated from Southern Illinois University and became a fiscal director for the non-profit domestic violence agency, Family Shelter Services, in Wheaton, Illinois.
Bonnie married Rebecca Counts and together they shared many years and countless memories. Bonnie will always be remembered as generous and loving. Bonnie loved woodworking and mastered her craft by making amazing cutting boards as well as custom cabinets and a beautiful liquor cabinet. She renovated the entire master bathroom with her stunning woodwork. She also loved gardening and created an outdoor oasis for her family and friends to enjoy. Bonnie and Becky were so proud of their home; they sometimes called it “Becky and Bonnie’s B&B”. Bonnie’s favorite place to be was at the beach where she could enjoy swimming in the ocean and sailing a Hobie Cat. Bonnie’s favorite color was blue. She also enjoyed craft beer and wine.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, William John Wyzgala, Sr and Lorraine Joan (Labno) Wyzgala; her twin sister, Barbara Jean Fogarty; and her sister, Linda Marie Soloman.
She is survived by her wife, Rebecca Lynne Counts of Allen, Texas; sister, Carol Ann Bolin of Lisle, Illinois; brother-in-law, Robert Fogarty of Medinah, Illinois; brothers, Lawrence Allen Wyzgala and his partner Scott Jeffries of Lakewood, CO, and William John Wyzgala, Jr. and his wife Lorraine Schembari, of McHenry, Illinois; fourteen nieces and nephews, and fourteen great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bonnie’s family would like to extend special thanks to her nephews and nieces, Patrick Fogarty, Keith Fogarty, Adam Fogarty and his girlfriend, Gabriella Wolski, and Kayla Kiegler, as well as the many friends and family who came to see her during her journey and made her last days joyful and memorable.
A Celebration of Life will be help in the Chicago area this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Bonnie's name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org
- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Bonnie Lynn Wyzgala
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May 8, 2018
Bonnie was my boss at Family Shelter Service where I worked for over 16 years. Over time, our working relationship became a friendship, not only with me, but also with my husband and family. I will always value her kind and caring nature during a difficult period for my family, encouraging me to take time away to be with them, assuring me that she would take care of my work. Later on when MS symptoms made it difficult to complete physical responsibilities, she offered encouragement, and went above and beyond to accommodate for my needs. Even as I struggled, she continued to make me feel valued. At times, Bonnie could appear as intimidating, however, she could easily be moved to tears of compassion; and those that knew her well, knew her kind heart. She had an unbelievable talent for woodworking, and generously shared many of her works of art with her friends and co-workers. I was privileged to have received a pub table that she created for my husband and I, offering it as a gift and refusing payment. I will always treasure it as a reminder of her generosity and kindness.
Becky, I know how difficult this must be for you, as I know how much you loved each other. She spoke of you often, and it was easy to see what a wonderful and caring relationship you both had. Our hearts are breaking for you and the rest of her family. Please know our thoughts are with you always.