OBITUARY

Donna Jeanette Bonitz

June 26, 1937May 7, 2021
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Donna Jeanette (Hackman) Bonitz, age 83, of Indianapolis, went to be with her Lord on May 7, 2021. She was born on June 26, 1937 in Vallonia, Indiana to the late Raymond John Herman and Edna Emma Louise (Melloncamp) Hackman. Donna was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vallonia, Indiana. Donna graduated from Vallonia High School. After high school, she married William Carl Bonitz on August 14, 1955.

Donna was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She worked for J.C. Penney until retirement. Donna was actively involved in St. John's Lutheran Women's Missionary League and Ladies Aid. Her proudest achievements include being a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Donna's greatest joy was to care for and serve others.

Donna is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, William "Bill" Bonitz of Indianapolis, IN; sons, Mark Bonitz of Indianapolis, IN and Timothy Bonitz of Lansdale, PA; grandchildren, Heather Zoderer of Indianapolis, IN, Carl Bonitz of Indianapolis, IN, Lisa (Matt) Hoffman of Indianapolis, IN, Evan Bonitz of Indianapolis, IN, Joel Bonitz of Indianapolis, IN, Jessica (Price) Lawrence of Laceys Spring, AL, Hope Bonitz of Section, AL, Faith Bonitz of Section, AL, Matthew Bonitz of Lansdale, PA and Elizabeth Bonitz of Marietta, PA; great grandchildren, Dylan Bonitz, Landon Caruso, Dominic Hoffman, Asher Hoffman and Sharayah Hoffman all of Indianapolis, IN; brother-in-law, Martin "Pete" (the late Joyce) Bonitz of Columbia Falls, MT; sisters-in-law, Lorriane "Susie" (the late Richard) Kerr of Coleman, WI and Kathryn (Bill) Chandler of Mellen, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in passing by her father, Raymond Hackman; mother, Edna (Melloncamp) Hackman; sister, Marilyn Hoene; son, David Bonitz; and brother-in-law, Harold Bonitz.

Visitation for Donna will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203. A funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM also at St. John Lutheran Church, with additional visitation time beginning one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery.

Contributions in Donna's memory may be made to St. John Lutheran School - Eagle Scholarship Fund, 6630 Southeastern Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203, www.stjohnindy.org or Worship Anew-Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc., 5 Martin Luther Dr., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825, www.worshipanew.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

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Marilynn Teater-Smith

May 13, 2021

By the very example from Donna and Bill Bonitz I discovered the most joyful lesson of my life. A sweeter person I have never known. My love and prayers are for Donna's kind husband and family. Love from Marilynn, Denise, Sarah and Allen Smith family💝

Joseph Smith

May 12, 2021

This is the wife of my teacher at St. John's Lutheran School. I wanted to send my deepest sympathies for him and the whole family.

Barbara Reek

May 11, 2021

Dirk and I are so saddened about this news. Mr. Bonitz was my 7th grade and 8th grade teacher in 1962-1964. I babysat the boys at times. Donna introduced me to the Snickerdoodle cookie when I babysat. My the comfort of the Resurrection be with you all.

Jeff Banes

May 11, 2021

I was just a little boy when you first entered my life Aunt Donna. You and Uncle Bill treated me immediately like family. You are one of the kindest people I know. And you will be missed.

Kim Neibert Robbins

May 10, 2021

What a wonderful, kind, sweet, loving woman Mrs. Bonitz was. I will always remember her kind words she had for everyone and that beautiful smile that brightened even the darkest room. She always smiled, always! I can't imagine the celebration she is having, none of us can but oh how I bet when God said to her, Enter in My Good and Faithful Servant, her smile at that very moment must have been beyond gloriously radiant. She will be missed by so many but her memory will carry all who knew who through. May your family feel God's embrace of comfort as you go through this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

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