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Bonita Rose “Bonnie” Kavanagh
Bonita Rose “Bonnie” KavanaghYellowRoseBonita Rose “Bonnie” Kavanagh, age 80 of West Mansfield, died peacefully Tuesday morning, December 1, 2009 at her home.  She was born February 11, 1929 in Union County to the late Lewis and Edna (Gregory) Wright.

She attended Byhalia High School before marrying Delbert “Ray” Kavanagh on October 1, 1945.  Together they ran the family farm for over 40 years.  After retirement, Ray and Bonnie enjoyed traveling out west and camping and enjoying wildlife in various national and state parks as well as spending time at Ohio state parks with their family.  He died January 20, 2009. She enjoyed sewing and refinishing furniture and one of her favorite pastimes was working on jigsaw puzzles.

She is survived by a son, Steve (Linda) Kavanagh, Marysville; three daughters, Rae Nita (Joe) Elliot, West Mansfield;  Vicki (Jim) Harvey, Urbana; Carolyn Scheiderer, Marysville; three sisters, Helen Lockwood, West Liberty; Mary Jane (Marion) Rapp, Bellefontaine; Maxine (John) Vicario, Bellefontaine; a sister-in-law, Max Wright, Wooster.  She was a beloved “granma” to 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  She was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and James Wright and a sister, Mildred Nau.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 4, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield with Pastor David Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow in Byhalia Cemetery.   Pallbearers will be grandsons, Eric and Todd Elliot, Dustin and Chad Harvey, and Sean and Ryan Schiederer.  Honorary Pallbearers will be granddaughters, Lori (Elliot) Reese and Gina (Kavanagh) Ballinger.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM on Thursday in the Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield.  The family is being assisted by Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH  43040.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com.

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#1 from: Karen Elaine Temple Landon
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    Wishing the entire Kavanagh Family comfort at this time of your loss, and hoping you will find peace and healing in the many warm and Special thoughts that are with you now. She was a Special Lady. My Deepist Sympathy. Elaine

#2 from: Jacque Mueck
Columbus, OH
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My pryers are with you.

#3 from: Barbara Williams
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 1:18 PM

 I know it's been a long time since we've seen each other but wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and your family. So sorry about the passing of your mother. Take care.

#4 from: Jim & Claudia Goodwin
Daleville, VA
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Vicki & Jim, Joe & Ranita,  We read about the loss of your mother in the on-line Bellefontaine Examiner.  Please feel our condolences during this time.  Jim & Claudia Goodwin

#5 from: The Bentley's
Washington C.H.
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Olan, Janie, Greg, Nikki, Austin and Brock send their deepest sympathy.

#6 from: Jeff, Charlotte, Erin, Lauren, Jimmy, & Adriane
Rhode Island
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Our deepest condolences to the Kavanagh family. Our Aunt "Boots' was a very special person. When my mom Mitzi died Boots was the rock who helped me deal with her death and she always made my family feel welcome in her home. I know she is now united with her Mom, Uncle Ray, and Mitzi. I am sure that St. Peter is wondering what he got himself into now that those three are reunited. We know time an your happy memories will help you in your time of sorrow. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The Nau,s

#7 from: trayci sherwood
cardington, ohio
Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:17 PM

hello to the family. i am so sorry to hear about aunt bonnie's passing. i am sending my condelences to the family. she was a really nice lady. for those of you who might now remember me i am the daughter of larry sherwood and granddaughter of helen lockwood. my deepest sympathy goes to the family. she will be missed. my only rememberance of aunt bonnie was that she made you laugh at the reunions. she always made you feel welcome. love to all. god bless you all too.

#8 from: Sue (Waugh) Wright
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Makes old memories come to mind - - your mom was fun and could take "teasing" from you girls. Thinking of you guys. Take care.

#9 from: Kenney Denman
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 11:25 AM

My Prayers are with all of the Kavanagh Family. Losing one parent in a year is bad enough, but losing both is a catastrophe. Please remember that they both lived a good life and were loved by all.

#10 from: Judy Kay Wallace
Andover, Ohio 44003
Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Sorry to read about the passing of Bonnie. I am a cousin of your dad's on the Wallace side. We had two cousin get togethers at Jeannie and Del Goffs .  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
                           Your cousin Judy  

#11 from: Jeanette Wright Settles
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 12:22 AM

I just now learned of Aunt Bonnie's passing.  I am so very sorry.  I know how much you (we all) will miss her, but you can take comfort and strength from the wonderful family we all share... the love of the family will get you through this trying time.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  May God bless you now and always.

#12 from: John & Susan Oberdier
Richwood, OH
Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM

RaeNita, Vicki, and Carolyn
You have our greatest sympathy and we understand how hard it is.  We didn't hear about your loss until we saw the Richwood paper.  You have had a rough year with the loss of both your mother and father.  Susan and I are keeping you in our prayers.

#13 from: Janice Hamilton Haynes
Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Dear Carolyn, I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. Please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Janice Hamilton Haynes

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