Bonnie LaFleur, 75, of Cherry Hills Village, died June 18, 2018, at her home amid family after a courageous 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Bonnie was active throughout her life in neighborhood organizations and her children’s area schools: Village Heights Elementary; West Middle School; and Cherry Creek High School. Her local grandchildren attend Redstone Elementary. Bonnie served many years as treasurer and in other roles with the Cherry Hills East Homeowners Association.
Bonnie was born in 1943 in Rochester, Penn., to Margaret and Nicholas Buyan. She and her younger brother, Robert, grew up in Monaca, Penn.
While attending Case Western Reserve University nursing school in Cleveland, Ohio, Bonnie met a young medical student, Pete, who became the love of her life. They married in 1966 and gave witness to the sanctity of marriage for 52 years.
In her many years as a registered nurse, Bonnie cared for patients from all age groups. She began as a pediatric oncology nurse, then as a school nurse, and finally as a senior wellness nurse.
Bonnie’s legacy lives on through her family – her husband Pete; her children Peter, Joseph, Anne DeMarco (Christopher) and Jeanne Mondrus (Nathan); and her eight grandchildren: Paul, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Sarah and Leah DeMarco, and David, Ryan and Jonathan Mondrus.
Bonnie was proud of her family and enjoyed becoming a “Grammie.” She mothered more than 80 foster babies and opened her home to nieces and nephews, neighbors, friends of her children, and exchange students.
She found great joy singing in church choirs and the Cherry Creek Chorale. Bonnie and Pete enjoyed 40-plus years of faith and fellowship with the same prayer group.
Bonnie was a genuine soul, known for her feisty sense of humor. She served as a beautiful example of Christian devotion, dignity and grace in her death … just as she did during her life.
There will be a rosary prayer service Thursday, June 28, at 5 p.m. and a funeral Mass and reception celebrating Bonnie’s life Friday, June 29, at 2 p.m. Both services will be at St. Thomas More located at 8035 S. Quebec St. in Centennial.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bonnie’s name to her favorite charities: Marisol Services of Catholic Charities, serving mothers and children, ccdenver.org/marisolservices; and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, pancan.org/ways-to-give.
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