Mrs. Bonita S. Vars Giese

March 15, 1952October 3, 2012

OAKDALE – Bonita S. Giese, 60, entered the arms of her personal Savior on Wednesday while at home. She was born on March 15, 1952 in Norwich, CT to the late Arthur and Irene (Shepherd) Vars. She attended Montville High School and was a member of Pleasant Valley Church. On December 6, 1997 she married Byron “Craig” Giese in Jupiter, FL. He survives her. They made their home in Oakdale. Bonnie enjoyed serving others. She took it upon herself to find every lost cat soul a comfortable home. She gave so much of herself by showing Jesus’s love to others. Bonnie’s kindness and love emanated from her beautiful smile every day. She touched many, many lives and will never be forgotten. In addition to her loving husband, Bonita is survived by her sons; Dennis Main and Kenneth Hvarre Jr., daughters; Sherri Rupe, Bethany Gregory, Hannah Hurst, and Ruth Hvarre, one brother; James Vars, one sister; Carole St. John, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one brother; Arthur Vars. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 5pm-7pm at the Montville Funeral home of Church & Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tnpk., Uncasville, CT. A Celebration of her life will be held at Pleasant Valley Community of Prayer and Praise, 20 Grove Ave., Groton, CT on Monday at 11am with burial to follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Oakdale Humane Society 169 Old Colchester Road., Quaker Hill, CT 06375 860-442-8583. To leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 8, 2012

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Diane Eslinger

October 29, 2013

Still missing you my dear sweet friend. Missing our talks and times reminicing and going to the ladies lunches at Ruby Tuesday's together. Will always carry a piece of you in my heart. When the time comes, will meet you on the other side

Charlyn Haguewood

October 20, 2012

I knew Bonnie a long time ago, but we had lost contact with each other. Recently we reconnected on FB and I was so glad I got to see her a couple of years ago when I was in Conn. She had the biggest heart I've ever known and a smile to go with it.

To her family, in this difficult time I know all the wonderful memories you have of her will keep her with you. My thoughts are with you.

Darcy N. Ayers

October 11, 2012

To Craig and all of Bonnies children and Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren & friends,

Bonnie was an angel who walked among us. I am a better person to have known her, she called me friend.

I will miss her always and forever.

October 10, 2012

Dearest Bonnie and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Words can not express how missed she will be. Her smile could light up a room and her heart was filled with genuine love for all. A void has been left in all our hearts. We will love and remember her always.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Peter,Toula,Heidi and Nora Dimas (Sunset Pizza)

Toni Bannock

October 10, 2012

Bonnie was a positive force for good and a bright light in a sometimes dark world. Her faith and love brought joy and comfort to countless lonely souls throughout her life. The lives she touched share your sorrow.

Kathleen Cabral Brown

October 9, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Anita Torres-McMahon

October 8, 2012

I will never forget your kind heart & caring friendship i've been blessed to have through the years since I met you as a co-worker at AT&T. My deepest & sincerest condolences to your husband & family... Rest in peace dear friend xoxo

Iro Ugheighele

October 8, 2012

RIP Mrs. Bonnie! I miss you so much! Love you!

ML Adams

October 8, 2012

what a beautiful celebration of life for Bonnie.............MLa

Carol Fletcher/Carlson

October 8, 2012

I remember Bonnie from High School. She remembered me and friended me on FB. I very much enjoyed her posts, pictures and her sharing her life. She reached out to EVERYONE in her life. She will missed by many and her family should know that there are people they don't even know with heavy hearts who are missing her and praying that her family keeps faith and finds strength to carry on. Thank you Bonnie for letting me know I was worthy of your friendship.