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Mary "Bonnie" (Johnson) Schaefer

August 16, 1931 ~ September 11, 2018 (age 87)

Mary Schaefer


Age 87 of Verona and formerly of Morris, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Morris.

Born August 16, 1931 in Morris, Mary Bonita was the daughter of Leonard and Margaret (Maier) Johnson. She was raised and educated in Morris and graduated from St. Angela Academy with the class of 1949. On September 16, 1950 Bonnie would marry her true love Francis Schaefer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morris. Together they would build a home and raise their family in Verona.

She was a dedicated member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Seneca and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her world. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Francis; two daughters: Colleen Gieseker (fiancée Bill White) of Verona and Debra (Dan) Casto of Channahon; four grandchildren: Ashley (Josh) Jones of Villa Grove, Matt Casto of Channahon, Rebecca (Peter Ladner) Gieseker and Meghan Gieseker both of Chicago; two great-grandchildren: Callie and Wren Jones, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Leonard.

Per Bonnie's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Bonnie's memory to St. Patrick's Church in Seneca or Joliet Area Hospice Care.

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Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd., 408 East Washington Street, in Morris (815) 942-2500.

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