OBITUARY

Bonnie Shontz-Berendes

August 5, 1931April 9, 2018
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Bonnie Shontz-Berendes, 86, of Springfield, passed away on April 9, 2018 at Heritage Health Hospice. She was born on August 5, 1931 in Springfield to Lonnie and Bertha Harrison Hopwood. Bonnie married LeRoy Shontz on July 17, 1949 and he preceded her in death in December of 1995. She then married Paul Berendes in January of 1997 and he preceded her in death in February 2005.

Bonnie is survived by her two daughters: Tara Darst of Springfield and Tami (Daniel) Meyers of Kokomo, Indiana, one step-son Richard (Sheryl) Berendes of Springfield, three grandchildren: Danilee (Pierre) Aristil, Sara Darst and Joshua (Ashley) Meyers, one great-grandson Jordan Aristil and one sister Norma June Powers.

Bonnie retired from the UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children. She enjoyed dining out, shopping and spending her winters in Venice, Florida.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Friday April 13, 2018 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will meet friends from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday at Bisch and Son. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Bonnie is survived by her two daughters: Tara Darst of Springfield and Tami (Daniel) Meyers of Kokomo, Indiana, one step-son Richard (Sheryl) Berendes of Springfield, three grandchildren: Danilee (Pierre) Aristil, Sara Darst and Joshua (Ashley) Meyers, one great-grandson Jordan Aristil and one sister Norma June Powers.
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Friday, April 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Katy Knowles

April 15, 2018

Bonnie was a dear friend of my husband Rick, and I in Venice, Florida. Played cards, bingo, and lots of shuffleboard together. She was a sweetheart and I loved her dearly. She will be sorely missed. May God give comfort to her family.

Patty Lee Thompson

April 13, 2018

I enjoyed dining with Bonnie at Brendan Gardens when I went to visit my mom, Betty Lee. We are so sorry for your loss. My life is better for having met your mom. Praying for you all.

Cheryl Esela

April 12, 2018

Dear Tara and Tami,

I was blessed to work with the beautiful and sweet Bonnie. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Cheryl Andrews Esela

Elaine Cantrall-Burke

April 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss, Tara and Tammy....I always enjoyed hugging your sweet Mom when she would return back to SVC after wintering down in FL. She had a great smile, and was a sweet lady!

Harry and Jody Whitworth

April 11, 2018

Tara, Tammy, and families, our deepest sympathy to all of you. Bonnie was an angel to us for nearly fifty years and we will greatly miss her. No one has ever been so kind, loving and caring to us as was Bonnie. We send our love and prayers to all of you. We pray that God will give you strength and love during this difficult time. Love, Jody, Harry, Deborah and Steven.

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Biography

Bonnie Shontz-Berendes, 86, of Springfield, passed away on April 9, 2018 at Heritage Health Hospice. She was born on August 5, 1931 in Springfield to Lonnie and Bertha Harrison Hopwood. Bonnie married LeRoy Shontz on July 17, 1949 and he preceded her in death in December of 1995. She then married Paul Berendes in January of 1997 and he preceded her in death in February 2005.
Bonnie is survived by her two daughters: Tara Darst of Springfield and Tami (Daniel) Meyers of Kokomo, Indiana, one step-son Richard (Sheryl) Berendes of Springfield, three grandchildren: Danilee (Pierre) Aristil, Sara Darst and Joshua (Ashley) Meyers, one great-grandson Jordan Aristil and one sister Norma June Powers.
Bonnie retired from the UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children. She enjoyed dining out, shopping and spending her winters in Venice, Florida.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Friday April 13, 2018 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will meet friends from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday at Bisch and Son. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.