Deborah Bonfig

deborah bonfig
Deborah C. Bonfig, age 68 of Ionia, IA passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Linn Haven Rehab and Health Care in New Hampton, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM on Monday, December 17, 2018 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, IA with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating. The burial will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Ionia Funeral Home, with a 4:30 PM Rosary and 7:00 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Online condolences for Debbie’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to the ALS Association Iowa Chapter at Deborah Catherine Bonfig was born April 28, 1950 to Ralph and Kathleen (Adams) Whiteman in New Hampton, Iowa. The family moved to Evansdale, Iowa. Debbie attended school in Waterloo and graduated from East Waterloo High School in 1968. She then attended UNI, where she studied teaching with a focus in middle school math and graduated in 1972. On June 23, 1973, Debbie was united in marriage to Richard Bonfig at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. The couple made their home in Ionia where they raised their three children, Melissa, Eric and Craig. Debbie was employed at Sara Lee in New Hampton for several years until it’s closing. She taught at Calmar Middle School and then was a paraprofessional and substitute teacher for New Hampton School District, retiring in 2012. Debbie enjoyed gardening, knitting, and crocheting. She was active in her church, and enjoyed biking and UNI sports. She was a member of St. Boniface Church in Ionia, IA, Rosary Society and UNI Alumnus Association. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard, “Dick” Bonfig of Ionia, IA; her children, Melissa (Joel) Schossow of New Hampton, Eric Bonfig of Traer, IA and Craig Bonfig of Franklin, TN; her grandchildren, Lincoln and Eleanor; her brothers, Michael (Sherry) Whiteman of Cedar Falls, IA, Kenneth Whiteman of Littleton, IA, Dennis Whiteman of Raymond, IA, David Whiteman of Evansdale, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel (Mary Ann) Bonfig of Cottonwood, AZ and David (Karen) Bonfig of Ionia, IA and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Diane Hurley and brother, Faye Whiteman.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. Deb was always so kind to all the students and fellow teachers. She subbed for so many teachers and made life easier for them. Deb taught my 8th grade class for quite awhile when I broke an ankle. I remember her smiling so much and always willing to help others. I remember her smiling and talking about her children and grandchildren. Deb always seemed so supportive of all those around her. Peace to all.

  2. Worker with Deb at Sara Lee. Our prayers go out to the family. Keep the faith and remember all the good times. God Bless you all. Marge and Dave Mayo. 1080 Kelly Dr Nashville North Carolina

  3. Deb was soo crafty and soo techy that what I remember of her… so sorry to hear about her passing!!!
    Tim & Terry Phillips

  4. May the memories of Debbie fill your thoughts and console you in the next days. All our prayers to her family. Jeanne and David Roder

  5. Sending our deepest sympathy to Deb’s family. Hang on to the good memories and let the love of family and friends comfort you.

  6. My deepest sympathy to the Bonfig family, remember the good times and love she had for you and hold her close to your heart.

  7. Sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to all. May the love of family, the support of friends, and the many fond memories shared over the years bring warmth to your hearts.
    Psalm 34:18 Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  8. Our deepest sympathy and many prayers to you Dick and her entire family. Her love of life, her gardens, crafts, decorating and YOU will be missed, but these are the very things that’ll bring you comfort. What a joyous reunion she’s having in heaven with the many she loved. David and Terry Utterback

  9. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Bonfig Family. Unfortunately we are unable to be there in person but you remain in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. She touched many children’s lives in a positive way.

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