Sheila Ann Archard Bonawitz

  • "My condolences to all my American family on your loss...."
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  • "Dear Kevin, Kim, Kath, Kelly and Kerrie, I'm so very sorry..."
    - Julie Burke Fariel
  • "Sheila, thank you for the memories and the wonderful times..."
    - Ross Archard
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    - Colin Archard

Sheila Ann Archard Bonawitz of Shavertown quietly passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Central Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Sheila was born in Kingston on April 11, 1937, the daughter of the late William L. Archard and the late Lillian Richards Archard.

Sheila spent her childhood and life singing. Her love of song was infectious to those who loved her. In her youth, she entertained during minstrel shows and talent competitions including the Welsh Eisteddfod, and she was active in the church choirs and the Glee Club of Kingston High School.

As the eldest, "She" was a loving big sister and a caring role model for her five younger Archard siblings, Diane, Joanne, Bill, Leslie and Linda.

On Oct. 20, 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Evan John Bonawitz. Together, they made their home in Shavertown, raising five children, Kevin, Kim, Kathi, Kelly and Kerrie.

Actively involved in many community organizations in the Back Mountain, Sheila dedicated countless hours as a Boy/Girl Scout Leader and Dallas Junior Women's Club member and president. As the Dallas High School cheerleading coach for more than 20 years, she led DHS to the National Cheerleading Championships numerous times.

Later in life, Sheila enjoyed sharing her musical gift and talents with Changing Habits, an outreach musical ministry singing group.

Preceding Sheila in death, in addition to her parents, was her loving husband of over 50 years, Evan John Bonawitz.

Surviving are her five children, Kevin Bonawitz and wife, Penny, Florida; Kim Turner, California; Kathi Rogers and husband, Carl, Vermont; Kelly Banaszewski and husband, Joe, Pennsylvania; and Kerrie Ardekani and husband, Doc, California.

Shelia loved to travel, visiting her family all over the country. As a way of tracking "Gramma," a game of "Where in the world is Gramma now?" emerged and was played by her children and nine grandchildren, Kara Rogers Nocito, Adam Ashton, Jessica Rogers Mier, Amanda Banaszewski Powers, Erin Bonawitz Roe, Brittany Turner Thurman, Jeremy Banaszewski, Corey Turner and Sean Bonawitz. Shelia, "Nana," treasured each of her sweet "great-grandbabies," Gretchen Mier, Cora Mier, Eden Mier, Graham Ashton and Annalise Roe.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Church of Christ Uniting, South Sprague and Market streets, Kingston. The Rev. Dr. Carol A. Fleming will officiate. Interment will follow in Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Church of Christ Uniting or the Donate to Fight
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 6, 2018
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