Frances R. Bonitz

Birth Date: 
Friday, March 10, 1933
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WOOSTER - Frances R. BONITZ, 84, of Wooster, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Wayne Co. Care Center.

She was born March 10, 1933 in Pleasant Mt., PA,  the daughter of Willis H. and Ruth Cassidy Barnes.  She married Howard J. Bonitz Sr. on January 29, 1955.  He survives.

Frances was a graduate of the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing and had worked as a registered nurse at Wooster Community Hospital retiring in 1980.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her children, Patricia (Jim) Phipps and Howard J., Jr. (Mary) Bonitz both of Wooster; grandchildren, Gayle, Joshua (Mandi) and Jillian Phipps and Ryan (Stephanie) Bonitz ; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Phipps and Cooper Phipps;  a brother Leon (Barbara) Barnes of Clifton Township, PA and a sister-in-law Shirley Bishop of Pottstown, PA.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Willis, Kermit, Douglas and John Barnes.

A memorial services will be held at the Wayne Co. Care Center, 876 S. Geyers Chapel Rd., Wooster on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Ann Paynter officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wayne Co. Care Center Auxiliary or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

The family would like to thank the staff's at the Wayne Co. Care Center and LifeCare Hospice for their wonderful care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Wayne Co. Care Center Auxiliary, 876 S. Geyers Chapel Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Family will receive friends following the memorial service


Memorial service on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Wayne Co. Care Center, 876 S. Geyers Chapel Rd., Wooster


My dear friends, I'm so very sorry to hear of Frances' passing. I had the sincere pleasure to know and enjoy Frances, especially when she volunteered for the accounting department at WCH. Truly a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Much Love, Kim Gates

Such a kind, kind lady. She always had a sweet word, a smile, and a hug for me. I will miss her. My deepest condolences to her family. May her memory always be a blessing. Much love.

Sorry to hear of your loss. Am keeping you in my prayers. I know the family from working at WCH. I worked with Fran. I recently had talked with Patti in the ER and had heard the Fran had fallen.

Howard and Patti, you and your families have my deepest sympathy. Your Mom was such a gracious lady and will be missed. I was surprised when I saw her at the hospital a few years ago and she remembered me right away. We grew up on the best street in Wooster.

My sympathies to the family. I worked with her at wch. She oriented me when I was a new grad

With deepest sympathy to all with the passing of Frances. Hugs and prayers!

Howard and family so sorry to her of the passing of your mother. from Barbara OEHLING

Pat & Howard
I am so sorry for your loss. I have known your mother for a long time. Working with her at the hospital and then at the bank.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From our family to yours we are so sorry for your loss. We do hope all is well for the 3 of you and that Howard your Dad is doing well. Words cannot express how sorry we are as we have gone through the same it is never easy. take care and if there is anything we can do let us know.

My deepest condolences for the family. Please give Howey my thoughts and prayers at this time. Also Howard Jr. as we worked together for many years at Wooster Community Hospital and I enjoyed having Howey in my department. Frances had retired by the time I started but she was there at the hospital often.
Again condolences, prayers and thoughts to everyone during this difficult time.

So sorry for your loss You are in our thoughts and prayers

my sympathy to the family. I used to work with

I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't even know until today. Prayers for all of you, and the pain the holds your hearts. May she rest in peace.

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