Bonita Marlene ‘Bonnie’ Colpetzer
Aug. 3, 1942 - Jan. 23, 2018
Bonita Marlene “Bonnie” Colpetzer, 75, Grazierville, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona.
She was born and grew up in Tyrone, daughter of the late Leon and Mildred Loose. She married and was deeply loved by her high school sweetheart, Raymond Colpetzer. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Aug. 23, 2017.
Surviving are her husband; four children to whom she was devoted: Melissa Harpster and husband, Kenneth, Keven Colpetzer and wife, Vicki, Karen Adam and husband, Timothy, and Leslie Miller and husband, Charles; seven grandchildren on whom she doted: Metan and Katie Adam, Ethan Colpetzer, Megan Colpetzer, Christopher Harpster, Kearstin Wyland and Travis Miller, all of whom wish to say, “Until we meet again”; five great-grandchildren in whom she took exceptional joy; two sisters: Judy Woodring of Hershey and Cindy Loose of Washington, D.C.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bonnie attended Tyrone Area High School, and she raised her children on a farm, mostly in Warriors Mark. After they were grown and her husband had retired, they moved across the street from one of their daughters in Grazierville. Bonnie then worked as a waitress at Durbin’s Diner and was a dietary aide at Tyrone Hospital, where she was recognized for her exceptional performance.
She remained exceptionally close to her grown children, talking with them daily and often introducing morning calls with the phrase, “Are you up and about yet?” After her diagnosis and before a major operation, she demonstrated her grit and determination by flying to Montana to visit a niece. Despite her illness, she showed joy and wonder at the views in Yellowstone National Park and amazement at the two-story snowdrifts still lining the renowned Beartooth Highway.
She was very grateful for the many visits, cards and good wishes from her friends and for the benefit recently held in her honor by the Steinbeiser and Friends Band.
Bonnie devoted her life to her family, and in return was adored by them. She was surrounded with their love and support during her brave battle against cancer. The devotion that they exhibited reflected their appreciation for the kindness and generosity of spirit that she exhibited throughout her life. She was an extraordinary and unusually giving daughter, mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend who will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.
Friends will be received 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 25, 2018, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Warriors Mark United Methodist Church, 1830 Centre Line Road, Pastor John (Sandy) Homer officiating. Interment will be at Seven Stars Cemetery. Arrangments are by Bruce E. Cox Funeral Home, 3774 Warriors Mark Path, Warriors Mark.