Bonnie Jean Cholish
1930 - 2021

Bonnie Jean (Farrow) Cholish, 90, loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Aug. 29, 2021, at home in Chesapeake.

Bonnie was born on Oct. 2, 1930, to the late Clinton and Nisia Farrow. A native of Peckville, Pa., Bonnie caught the eye of John L. Cholish Jr. when she was a majorette leading the Armistice Day Parade in Jessup, Pa., in 1948. John pursued the girl he described as the "tall, beautiful, blue-eyed blonde" and eventually won her affection for a lifetime.

The pair resided in Rockaway, N.J., for 37 years where Bonnie was a loving, dedicated wife and mother who stayed home to raise her children. After retirement, Bonnie and John settled in Chesapeake, Va. Bonnie was guided by her deep faith in God and her Roman Catholic beliefs. Her life was marked by self-sacrifice and patience as she took on the care of others over herself.

The simplest pleasures in life brought Bonnie the most joy. She was a remarkable cook and baker who enjoyed preparing meals for her family, especially over the holidays. She also loved fashion, shopping, bird watching and spoiling her grandchildren.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheryl Rodimer; and her sisters, Marian Jenkins and Shirley Fanucci.

Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband, John, who said Bonnie was the sunshine of his life for 71 years. She will be forever cherished by her children, John L. Cholish III (Patricia), Julie Cholish-Whitaker (Ty), Marcie Kohl (Paul), Clint Cholish (Sheryl) and Mary Natiello; as well as her son-in-law, Frank Rodimer. She will be lovingly remembered as "Baba" by her 14 grandchildren, John Cholish (Stine), Frank Rodimer (Kelly), Jennifer Westenberger (John), Matthew Rodimer (Lisa), Michael Rodimer (Brittany), Cole and Luke Whitaker, Riley, Gavin, Aidan and Declan Kohl, Clinton (Jennifer) Cholish, Brooke Cholish, and Spencer Natiello. In addition, she is survived by six great-grandchildren, Jace, Jack and Hannah Rodimer, Harper Molina, Kayleigh Vigilante and Landon John Westenberger. Bonnie is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Bonnie loved her family passionately and words cannot express how much she was loved nor how much she will be missed.

Published by Scranton Times on Sep. 4, 2021.
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