Bonnie Faneck Foist passed away in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 18, 1959, in Wilkes-Barre to Mary Pieczynski Faneck and the late Edward Faneck. She graduated from Meyers High School and Penn State University.
Bonnie worked with the National Park Service for nearly 30 years. She began her career at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, and served at San Juan Islands National Historic Park; the National Mall, Washington. D.C.; Biscayne National Park, Florida, and finally Everglades National Park, Florida, where she was chief ranger. Bonnie also worked for five years in south Florida as a Marine Enforcement Officer with the former U.S. Customs Service, now the Department of Homeland Security.
Bonnie enjoyed spending time with family and camping. She had an irrepressible sense of humor, an impeccable character and firm personal convictions. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Bonnie married Drew Foist on Nov. 29, 1986. Together with their 14-year old daughter, Mary, they made their home in Homestead, Fla.
In addition to her husband and daughter, Bonnie is survived and will be greatly missed by her brother, Bob, and his wife, Jeanne, Shavertown; sisters, Nancy and her husband, Marty (McCullough), Denver; Susan and her husband, Frederick (Maisano), Pittston; Doreen and her husband, Terry (Conrad), Syracuse, and Maryanne Faneck and her fiance, Michael Bratton, Cary, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of Bonnie's life was held at Everglades National Park on Saturday, March 16, attended by more than 300 family and friends.
Per the family's request, contributions can be made to Everglades National Park or the Police Officers Assistance Trust Memorial, www.POAT.org, in Bonnie's name.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 28, 2013