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1945-2013 Bonnie Gable of Pittsfield passed away peacefully Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.
She was born in Rockford, Illinois on November 22, 1945. At the age of 9, she moved from Illinois to Lenox with her family. She became a member of the Church on the Hill and continued to support her faith and the church as Interim director of Christian Education as well as teaching Sunday School. She graduated with honors from Lenox High School and Gettysburg College where she majored in math and physics. She earned her masters degree in drama from Adelphia.
As a girl scout, she represented Massachusetts in the National Girl Scout Jamboree in Michigan. She began her theatre career in high school. She taught acting, theatre and directed and wrote many plays in college as well as amateur theatre like the Town Players and on the professional stage in Massachusetts, NY City and Long Island and Pennsylvania. She was an assistant to Broadway Producer, Arthur Kanter and Tom Eyen who wrote and produced "Dream Girls". Bonnie loved doing dinner theatre productions and started her own theatre companies including the "Not So Grimm Fairytale Players", the Lunch Time Theatre, the Sunshine Theatre which eventually became the Berkshire Public Theatre, and The Way the Heck Off Broadway Theatre. "Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein" was her last play which she wrote, produced at many locations including the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and directed actress Amy Judd as Gertrude Stein. She taught children's theatre camps and worked with Valley Head residents and other Local organizations to involve them in the theatre community.
Bonnie was a creative force and a loving dynamic person with countless friends across the country who all attended her endless parties. Bonnie enjoyed celebrating her birthday with friends and family for 7 to 8 days each year. She had a wonderful laugh and was great fun to be around. She was a proud feminist and very active in local state and national politics.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Jane Gable; her brother, Patrick Gable and her sister-in-law, Janet Smargie; two loving nieces, Kate Bright and her husband Erik and Bonnie J. Gable (named after her) and grand nephew and nieces, Taylor, Charlotte and Stella Bright. She was the proud Godmother of Melany Lanham-Ciancia. She also leaves devoted relatives and loving acquaintances who belonged to the ever growing club called The Friends of Bonnie Gable".
Her family would like to thank all of Bonnie's caregivers at Hillcrest Commons, the BMC dialysis unit, the nurses and staff at Berkshire Medical Center, members of Church on the Hill and the many cabulance drivers who enabled Bonnie to remain an active contributing member of the community.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 19 at 11a.m. at Church on the Hill in Lenox. Burial will follow immediately after at Mountainview Cemetary, Lenox. A luncheon will be held at the Chapel of Church on the Hill after the burial. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Church on the Hill.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 17, 2013
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"Mrs. Gable and Patrick, I am sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. You were all good neighbors and..."
- Dianne Kennedy Prada
"It was 1966 or 1967 when, as a sophomore at Gettysburg College, I auditioned for a one-act play that..."
- Pamela Edelstein
"I just learned from Ray Lynch of Bonnie's passing in January. I send my sincerest sympathies to you,..."
"I knew Bonnie at Gettysburg College in the late sixties, working with, or for or against Professor Emile..."
- Beth Cromie Howlett
"Just learned of Bonnie's passing and am deeply saddened. She was a dear friend and roommate in college,..."
- Peggy Gantz
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