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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
John Bonitz

John A. Bonitz

Tuesday, January 3rd, 1928 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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John A. Bonitz, 91, of Shippensburg, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Chambersburg Hospital.

Born Tuesday, January 3, 1928 in Baker-Whitely, PA, he was a son of the late Antonio and Giovina Dicamille Bonitz.

John was a 1946 graduate of Windber High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1946 until 1949, where he was stationed at Wheeler Air Field in Hawaii. John was a 1954 graduate of the Shippensburg University where he received his Master’s degree in education.

John started his working career in a one room school house called the State Road School, Newville, where he was the last teacher there and taught grades one through eight. He later became an elementary school principal at the Shippensburg and Big Spring School Districts.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church, Shippensburg, where he was very active and served as an usher. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #12551, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly #924, and the Shippensburg Lions Club. He was a life member of the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion Post # 223, and a member of the Durff-Kuhn VFW Post # 6168. He also was a member of the AMVETS # 224, Chambersburg, and AARP, and served on the Shippensburg Borough Council.

Surviving are three sons, Richard J. (Vickie L.) Bonitz, Edward A. (Donna) Bonitz, and John S. Bonitz, all of Shippensburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Stump, Mechanicsburg, Cassie (Rocky) Poullath, Gainesville, VA, Anthony Bonitz, Shepherdstown, WV, and Jacklyn Bonitz, York; three great grandchildren, Charlotte Poullath, Clara Poullath, both of Gainesville, VA, and Alan Stump, Mechanicsburg; and one sister, Olivia Slovensky, Johnstown, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Helen L. Brzana Bonitz who died August 21, 1991; also five brothers; and one sister.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church, with Father Dwight D. Schlaline as Celebrant. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion # 223 Minutemen. A viewing will be held Thursday, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., with a rosary service being held at 7:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church, 305 North Prince Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    112 West King St.
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    A Rosary service being held at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.
  • Service

    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 10:00am
    Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
    305 North Prince Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    Father Dwight D. Schlaline
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    With Military Honors
  • Reception

    Our Lady of the Visitation Catholic Church
    305 North Prince Street
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Katherine Foster Baker

Posted at 09:39am
I fondly remember Mr. Bonitz as the principal at Plainfield Elementary. He was a joy to be taught under and I can remember him singing and making the kids laugh. He was a strong positive role model and he will be missed.

Niecy Hill

Posted at 10:03pm
Ed, Wishing you and your family Peace, Comfort and Hope in the midst of your sorrow. May you find strength in the Love of Family, and in the Warm Embrace of Friends.
With Deepest Sympathy.
Niecy Hill

Larry W Hull

Posted at 01:16pm
So sorry to here of your Dads passing Ed He is with your Mom and Jesus now . Larry Hull

Glenda Bistline

Posted at 02:03pm
Mr. Bonitz, as I knew him, was a wonderful boss when I went to work for him right out of high school. He was so funny and such a kind and caring man not only for the children in the schools he served but those in the office as well. He meant a lot to me.

Janet Rabuck

Posted at 01:44pm
Mr. Bonitz was my 6th grade teacher at the Mainsville elementary school. He was the first Male teacher I had and I was somewhat intimidated and a bit nervous when he came in to our class room. However I must say by the end of that school year I had so much respect and admiration for him. Years afterwards when I would see him anywhere I always made sure to tell him what a great teacher he was. May his family be comforted knowing that he did his very best and he was a great teacher. I pray you will find your peace as you share his memories.

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