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Bonnie (Gunther) Riegel
February 21, 1937 ~ December 21, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Devoted mother and grandmother, lifelong learner and beloved friend, Bonnie Riegel 85, of Stroudsburg, and formerly of Berwick and Danville, went to be with the Lord, moments before the Winter Solstice on Wednesday December 21, 2022, at home. Her passing was tied to a time to encourage humanity to gather with loved ones and celebrate a rebirth and return to the light.
Bonnie was born February 21, 1937, in Berwick, a daughter of the late Irvin M. and Bessie May (Steward) Gunther, in addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings, David H. Gunther, Ronald H. Gunther, Jimmy A. Gunther, Joyce (Gunther) Harding, Bart E. Gunther, Elaine (Gunther) Yeager.
Bonnie graduated from Berwick High School in 1955, where she was Class Salutatorian and then Juniata College Cum Laude in English, which she followed with Masters work through Bloomsburg University. Always active in her community, Bonnie volunteered through the Berwick Public Library, Boy Scouts, and the United Way. After 10 years of service as the Executive Director, she retired from the Berwick Chapter of the American Red Cross. Preceding that positions she dedicated 8 years to serving as the Executive Director for the Berwick Area United Way. Her career began teaching Spanish at the Berwick Jr. High School for 11 years,
Bonnie enjoyed reading, volunteering, going for walks and time with her family and friends, including Red Hat Society, her “Chapel Chics” and “Cardless Card Club.” She was a lifelong Methodist, with an unshakable faith. Her greatest calling was as a mother and grandmother, where she devoted countless hours to her son and grandchildren.
Bonnie is survived by her son, Brett J. Riegel, Esq. and his wife Dr. Sandy Gordon and her grandchildren: Aidan Riegel, Rachel Brown, Bryson DePalma and Logan DePalma.
The family will receive friends, Thursday December 29, 2022, from 4:00pm till 7:00pm, at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. 1024 N. Market St. Berwick Pa. 18603, with a short service to follow. A Celebration of Life will be planned for the Spring in the Stroudsburg Area. Attendees are encouraged to wear something pink or with pink in it as that was Bonnie’s favorite color.
Friends and family unable to attend may send online condolences to jameslhinckleyjrfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, the Berwick Public Library or the church of your choosing.
The James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Berwick is handling arrangements.