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Bonnie Lynn Sininger


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Bonnie Lynn Sininger Obituary
November 15, 1943 - February 27, 2017 Bonnie Lynn Sininger loved knowing things. She was an avid consumer of news, a thoughtful political observer, enjoyed and embraced technology, and was one heck of a mother, grandmother, friend and bridge player. We are heartbroken to share she departed this world at age 73 on Feburary 27th. She was born Bonnie Lynn Coppock on November 15, 1943 in Lebanon, Kentucky, the second daughter of Earl Linney Coppock and Bonnie Lee (Campbell) Coppock. Her mother's strength, intelligence and independence set Bonnie on a path of never conforming to the limits the world tried to place on women of her time. She grew up in idyllic Campbellsville, Kentucky and in 1959 married Michael Ray Whitley and started a family. She earned a bachelor of arts in education from Campbellsville College in 1965. In 1967 she moved her young family to Versailles and met a group of people who remained her friends for the rest of her life. Her career path never took her far from her love of education. She was an elementary school teacher and then an accountant before she joined the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet as Training and Development Manager where she served until her retirement. Along the way she met Bill Sininger. Bill loved things neat and orderly, Bonnie liked for someone else to make things neat and orderly. Bill wrote a proposal on a napkin and she said yes. On March 4, 1983 they were married. She was a kind, warm compassionate friend and an easy person to know. If you spent time with her, you would start to feel like you had known her your whole life. She was full of joy and had a youthfulness that never waned no matter her age. Her greatest role was as a mother and grandmother. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to take risks, to be independent, to have a point of view and be willing to discuss and defend it, to question authority even when that authority was her, to think for themselves and be themselves. You could ask her anything. She was easy to talk to, even if the topic was difficult. Bonnie loved the Los Angeles Times and whenever she visited California she also visited the Times newsroom. She lived to see women's place in this world change dramatically, but she was disappointed never to have seen a woman elected president. She did take some small joy in the thought maybe one of her granddaughters will be the first. Lung cancer took things from her. It took her independence, and her strength and eventually her life. But it did not win. In the balance, we all won: the joy of knowing her can never be taken from us. She was preceded in death by her father, Linny Coppock, her mother, Bonnie Lee Campbell Coppock Nordby, stepfather, Walter Nordby, sister, Gerry Dyer, son, Earl Bryan Whitley and husband, Bill Sininger. She is survived by her children: Los Angeles Times Assistant Managing Editor Michael Whitley (Jacqueline), Christopher Whitley (Melissa), LeAnn Phillips (John), Patrick Sininger, Christopher Sininger and Lori Carnahan (Charlie); grandchildren Taylor Phillips, John Phillips, Jake Philips, Alex Whitley, Hannah Whitley, Xander Whitley, Bergen Whitley, Quinn Whitley, Frank Sininger, Nick Sininger, Charlie Sininger, Isabella Sininger, Kyle Sininger, Colin Sininger-Banales, Hayden Shields, Jamison Carnahan, Jack Carnahan; and her cat Jennifer LoPaws. Her family asks instead of sending flowers, you reach out to someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you; be thoughtful in what you choose to believe and look into the source of information before you accept it as fact; have compassion for people, even strangers, and remember we are not members of a party, we are members of the human race; if you are a smoker consider trying to quit, and if you know a smoker tell them it is never to late to stop. Are you still thinking about flowers? Bonnie loved flowers. But she loved helping people in need even more. Please consider making a donation in Bonnie's memory to The Good Shepherd Shelter, a domestic violence shelter in Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2017
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