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Bookhout Funeral Home

357 Main St PO Box 612, Oneonta, NY

OBITUARY

Stephen M. Bonnell

December 2, 1955October 29, 2011

Stephen M. Bonnell, 55, of Schuyler Lake passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Born December 2, 1955 he was the son of the late Hugh and Elloise (Robertson) Bonnell of Sunny Meade, CA.

Stephen married Linda J. Melchionne on November 28, 1981 in Las Vegas. He worked as a soil scientist for the USDA and as an environmental scientist for the NYSDEC. He was studying for his Master’s Degree and working as a Professor at SUNY Oneonta at the time of his death. He was a Moderator of the First Baptist church of Oneonta, a member of the ADK Hiking club, the Audubon Society (DOAS), the Mid York Mycological Society and a Friend of the Glimmerglass Opera.

He was a beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, who was very proud of his three children. He was privileged to have his daughter, Jenny working as an artist at the Main View Gallery. He traveled to Mexico from Dec. – Jan. 2011 to visit his daughter, Mary and he was so proud to present his son, Seth in marriage to Laura Kallenborn on August 7, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda J. Melchionne; his children, Jennifer, Mary and Seth; his brothers, Chris, Monroe and Mark and his sister, Cherina Guzmann. A Celebration of Steve's life will be held on Saturday, 3:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 71 Chestnut St., Oneonta, with Reverend Randolph Palada, Pastor of the church officiating. Family will receive friends at the church on Friday, 6:00 PM until the service time on Saturday at 3:00PM. Food and flowers may be sent to the First Baptist Church or in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 71 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820, to be used for the camp scholarship at the Baptist Camp Pathfinder on Otsego Lake. To send an online condolence please visit, www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 4, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Terry West

January 30, 2018

To Lisa and Family, I would consider Steve my best friend in high school and coincidentally we both attended Cal Poly Pomona. I had no idea he had passed. I apologize for this belated letter of condolence. I have many memories and tales to tell. He may have told you of the spelling bee we managed to avoid, at great length, in high school. Perhaps he told of his stint as the morning student announcer he called himself the silver esophagus. I knew your mother as well and hope she is doing well.

Lizz Mehegan

November 7, 2011

To the Bonnell family ~

I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We were classmates from 6th-12th grades and Steve was one of those people that I frequently thought of over the years wondering what he was up to.

Again, I am so sorry for your loss. With sympathy ~

November 4, 2011

Linda and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of Steve's untimely passing. We will certainly miss his intelligent and friendly commentary during the ADK hikes. May you all derive comfort from your memories.
Ann and Alan Lippel (from New Jersey)

Audrey Anderson

November 4, 2011

Dear Linda and Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing this week. I always enjoyed his stories of past experiences on the ADK hikes. May the many memories you have of your life with Steve sustain you at such a difficult time.

November 4, 2011

Please accept our deepest sympathy for you and your family. We would like to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We appreciated having Steve as the church moderator to work with our office. He always seemed willing to try to meet our needs and very helpful if we had questions or concerns.

Our prayers are for you and your family,
From the Youth for Christ Office

Donna Vogler

November 4, 2011

Steve, your students and colleagues will miss you from the halls of Science I. My condolences to Linda and the family; please know that Steve's memory will remain in our hearts.

Hugh Timoney

November 4, 2011

Dear Linda, Jennifer & Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Everyone at the Center enjoyed & will miss Steve.

Bruce and Karen Watson

November 3, 2011

Please accept our condolences and know our thoughts are with all of you. We were deeply saddened to learn of your husband and dad's passing.

David Ott

November 2, 2011

Linda, Jenny, Mary Eve and Seth (and Laura),

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father. Laura, Jordan, Joshua and I were so fortunate to have visited with Linda and Steve in August of this year. God has him now - wonderful for him, but sad for us. The photo of him that you selected on this page is a good one. His eyes are smiling along with his face. :o)

May God bless you all.

Uncle David

Yolanda Sharpe

November 2, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please accept my condolences.

FROM THE FAMILY