OBITUARY

Bonita Mary Rudnick

December 22, 1939January 2, 2021

Bonita Mary Rudnick was born on December 22, 1939 and passed away on January 2, 2021 and is under the care of Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center.

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Biography

Our mother was born in Lancaster County Pennsylvania amidst the beautiful farming villages of the Amish countryside. Bonnie was the middle sister with her older sister being Lyndell and her younger sister Pamela. During her childhood she would spend warm summer days on her grandparents farm in western Pennsylvania. Shortly after entering elementary school, her family moved to sunny and warm Miami where she completed Highschool. Afterwards, our mother moved to West Palm Beach and entered nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital. While working in the ER she met our father Vaughn while he was visiting his father, our grandfather Joe, who was being treated. In 1960, our mother and father were wed and in 1962 they had their first son Doug followed by their second son Keith in 1969. During the 1960's and 70's our mother supported our father on the campaign trail so he could be elected to the Circuit Court as a Judge where he resided on the bench for almost 26 years. Being a mother, as I am sure all mothers can attest to, is most definitely a job that during the 60's had no "How to Raise a Family" or How to take Care of Your Children and Husband" books LOL. Even today, raising a family is simply a trial and error process. Speaking for myself, I was not the easiest boy to raise and I have to give our mother a ton of praise in the job she did. Our father's career was quite demanding leaving our mother in charge of managing the household. We are very proud of what our mother accomplished, especially after Keith and I left the nest. For the next 20 years, our mother returned to active nursing and was instrumental in building and growing Hospice of Palm Beach County. Hospice nurses are a rare breed. Their sole focus is to provide care and comfort to those who are facing their final days. This unwavering care is not isolated to just the patient but was also shared with the family offering comfort such as a hug, a smile and an understanding presence to them during their struggles with knowing their loved ones could not be cured. Although our parents were divorced our mother graciously volunteered to take care of our father when he faced his biggest challenge following his terminal cancer diagnoses. She was at his side when he took his last breaths and I know that he felt her presence making it easier to move on. The option to pass away in the familiar surroundings of your home surrounded by family and loved ones is one of the greatest gifts one can offer. We know there are many families that were able to embrace the challenges of a loved one passing a little easier because of our mother's work and that of Hospice. Upon the birth of her grandchildren - Gracie, Meghan and Joey our mother once again displayed her unselfish desire to help others by helping Keith and Regina take care of the grandchildren during their first few years. She was by their side helping to feed them, bath them and wrap them up for their daily naps. This loving gesture may not be remembered by Gracie, Meghan Joey but I am certain they benefited from her love and care which is evident in the great young adults they have become today.

Our mother was fortunate to settle in a home just a few blocks from the ocean and a short drive to the Jupiter Lighthouse and reside there for more than 25 years. Lighthouses are a symbol of overcoming challenges and adversity and offering guidance. They offer a way forward and help in navigating through the world providing salvation and safety. Our mother loved Lighthouses and we truly believe that she was a Lighthouse in her own special way. No matter how prepared you think you will be when a loved one passes, it is still very difficult to handle. As much as you want to hold on for some miracle or last chance that the path your mother is taking will somehow reverse itself, realty hits you square in the face. The one solace we take away is that we spent as much time as we could with our mother whether it was including her in traditional family holiday gatherings such as her beloved grandchildren doing an Easter egg hunt at her house, enjoying Mother's Day feast and of course Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. I want to extend an especially heartfelt thank you to my brother Keith who took charge of getting our mother to all of her doctors appointments when she could no longer drive herself. I know this meant a great deal to her and I most certainly appreciated all his sacrifices to do everything he did. In the end, our mother was able to pass on to Heaven in peace knowing the love she had from her family and that she had lead a full and rewarding life. God bless you mom. You will always be appreciated and missed.