Bonnie Sowers
1939 - 2018
Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory Inc
1551 Kenneth Rd
York, PA
Bonnie L. Sowers
Born to Judd and Maxine Youkers on May 21, 1939, Bonnie shared her growing-up years with two brothers, Frank and Judd, and then chose to share the rest of her life with her beloved husband, Bill Sowers. Bonnie was passionate about her family of four children and their spouses, Amy and Jeff Gladfelter, Dan and fiancé, Carol Moose, Rebecca and husband, Matthias Kriesberg, and Andrew and wife, Faye. Bonnie's passion encircled her five grandchildren, Eric & Amanda Gladfelter and Bremen Hansell, Miranda & Kiana Sowers and included many other family members, friends and former students. "Living life to the fullest", Bonnie's mantra, led her to embrace her teaching, music, art, learning, giving to others, and her faith.
A service to celebrate Bonnie's life among us will be held Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York, followed by a visitation and luncheon. Interment will be held at the Gettysburg Campus of the United Lutheran Seminary, at the discretion of the family. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, York, is assisting with arrangements.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York, PA 17401, York Country Day School, 1000 Indian Rock Dam Rd., York, PA 17403, American Cancer Society, 924 N Colonial Ave., York, PA 17403 or any charity of your choice.
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Published by York Dispatch on Mar. 15, 2018.
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St. Matthew Lutheran Church
839 W. Market St, York, PA
Celebration of Life
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
839 W. Market St, York, PA
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To the Sowers Family (especially Bill, Amy and Eric),
I will miss Bonnie. She has been an ear for me for 30 years. We have cried together and shared our similar paths. Bonnie has been my strength when I didn't think I had any and my friend when I wasn't feeling very friend like. One of my favorite stories of Bonnie happened at school (of course). She was talking to a student and said, "Now _____, you know I love you and because of that I'm going to require you to ..." Wow! What a lesson in teaching and parenting. Because I love you I'm going to require the best of you. I am going to require you to do something you don't want to do because I know what's best for you and I love you enough. Love with boundaries. I'll never forget it.

Bonnie was real. She kept her head up and fought through the last year. At times, I 'd see her and think I couldn't do this. Then came the surrender. She remained Bonnie through it all. She wanted to finish strong and she did. She tied up all the loose ends. I know she is with her maker today. She always was and always will be "love."

I pray for peace for your family. Bonnie has peace and is feeling the love.
Mary Jenkins
March 29, 2018
Pastor Bill,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed bumping into both of you over the years and enjoyed our little chats. Thinking of you and your Amish.... Bobbi Little from St. Mark Lutheran
Bobbi Little
March 24, 2018
Bonnie was a sheer joy to know. She made everyone feel special, whether a student, a parent, a parishioner, or casual acquaintance. So full of life and caring. She will be missed. Our family's hearts go out to Bill and family.

Carol Kain Woodbury, Dana Soder
March 23, 2018
Prayers and Love from your CROP Family
Patrick Walker
March 23, 2018
Bonnie was the epitome of pure love. She embraced my daughters and me, bringing us into her fold. She loved us like her own. God placed this beautiful angel and her husband in our lives during a time we needed them most. Anybody who knew Bonnie, knew Jesus. Our meeting was not accidental and she is now a part of us. Her love and light will shine through us now as we love others the way she loved us. She was one of the most amazing women I ever knew and her wisdom, guidance, and grace will be missed. I am honored to have been a member of her fold.
March 17, 2018
So many many years ago. Prayers for comfort and peace for all the family.
Janie and Chuck Smyser
March 16, 2018
Bonnie will be so missed here. She had so much love she gave to everyone she knew. Now she will rest in everlasting love with her Lord.
Jean and Gordon Ross
March 15, 2018
Our condolences to Bonnie's family. She was one of our son Michael's favorite teachers at YCDS. Heaven's gained a good one!!
Liz and Phil Scarito
March 15, 2018
Our condolences to Bonnie's family. She was one of our son Michael's favorite teachers at YCDS. Heaven's gained a good one!!
Liz and Phil Scarito
March 15, 2018
Pat Weber (Wire
March 15, 2018
Bonnie was one of a kind. Her infectious smile, and contagious laugh brought me so much joy in getting to know her these past few years. I feel very lucky to have known her. She will be so missed by all that knew her. Bill and Family, my heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time.
March 15, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Jack and Sandie Smyser
March 15, 2018
Dear Bill and Family, Bonnie was a wonderful person. I am so fortunate to have had her in my life. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for you all.
Mary Duttera
March 15, 2018
Bill and family:

Bonnie will be missed, but her life will never leave us. She touched so many lives, and through that she lives on in earth. In Heaven, God probably has her in charge of a choir or teaching art! May God wrap His loving arms around all of you, give you peace, and comfort you in the days to come.
Pegg Ann Roche
March 15, 2018
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