It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine B. Bonnis (nee Crooker) announces her passing on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the age of 75 years. Catherine will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 54 years, Allen, her children Brittainy (Michael) and Brendan (Leigh) and her grandchildren Corbin and Rykin. Catherine will be lovingly remembered by her sister Barbara (David) and brothers Darryl (Irma) and Brad (Wendy) and by her nieces, cousins, and many friends.
In different times we would have gathered in her honour with her church family. Hers was a faith that was bound to duty. It required of her a lifetime commitment to do and to be better in the service of others. At St. Stephen’s on the Hill she found a faith community that challenged and inspired her as well as many lifelong friendships.
Catherine was deeply engaged with the world, she read widely, travelled and was prone to talking to strangers – particularly ones with babies. Catherine was intrigued by what she didn’t know, hadn’t seen, and in understanding new things. She was determined to find connection in commonalities, provide care in compassion and to foster inclusion for all, and she expected no less from those around her. Knowing her made us all more thoughtful, smarter and kinder. She met life with enthusiasm and joy. She was funny and quick-witted and her laughter lit up our lives. That she was a terrible singer never deterred her from ‘making a joyful noise’. Catherine counted amongst her many blessings her family and her friends but especially her grandchildren who she loved without limits and for whom she had great hopes and felt much pride.
Catherine was, above all else, faithful in her love, in her commitment, and in her service. To be loved by her was to be shaped by the steadfastness of that love and for that we are forever grateful. The world is a better place for her having been in it – in her memory we will continue to carry her love and her light into the world.
We will gather in her memory when we can do so safely. If you wish to make a donation in her memory the Sudbury Infant Food Bank and St. Stephen’s on the Hill were closest to her heart.
For donations or messages of condolence, www.lougheed.org
Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home