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November 25, 2023
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Bonnie Jean Kirschen White, 83, of Park Ridge, Illinois passed away peacefully on November 25, 2023 to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bonnie was born on October 4, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Robert and Marion Kirschen. She is preceded in death by her parents and many cherished friends, dear to her heart. Bonnie will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her husband of 63 years, Roger; their sons Dan (Janice) and Michael (Lisa); their daughter Kristin Chong (Ken); Nana to grandchildren Jared (Sarah), Kelsey, Jacob, Jax, Jet and one great grandson on the way; sister Kathleen Janessa (Gerald Schneider); nieces Mariann (Hunter family), and Karin (Ochs family). Bonnie deeply treasured and selflessly served her family and loved her friends and neighbors as her own. This past year, through the love of family and compassionate caregiving, she was given the support she so richly deserved. She awarded each Caregiver a Purple Heart and welcomed her last, new friends as family while living out her final days with support alongside her husband, Roger.
Bonnie attended the St. Scholastica Academy, graduating in 1958, and was a long-time parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge. It was there where she introduced her children to The Church. Always putting others needs ahead of her own, what Bonnie loved most was her family, and especially her family all being together.
She thoroughly enjoyed witnessing her children and grandchildren’s involvement in all their activities and sports, often bringing the cowbell to cheer on her favorites and a batch of chocolate chip cookies for the team. Through the years, she could often be found listening to WGN 720AM, home of the Cubs and Blackhawks. The familiar aromas at 226 were tantalizing and the cookie jar was always full. And if you didn't find her in the kitchen at the stove, chances are she could have been sipping tea across from Roger reading the Tribune, working on a project in the basement, outside gardening, running up to The Jewel, hanging wallpaper, stripping woodwork, taking someone to the airport, or hanging the American flag.
The original pre-internet Pinterest pioneer, she had a golden gift of hospitality. Possessing the ultimate sweet tooth, she never met a dessert she didn’t like. And her personal recipes were always requested. The ‘Life is short; eat dessert first' magnet and mantra posted on the kitchen fridge. Hand-knitted, personalized Christmas stockings were a staple as each family member came into the world, a one-of-a-kind expression of love, which started with her own family and then grew to her extended family. When others asked for one to be knitted, she politely shared, "These are for family only." She had a wonderful sense of humor which came out in the form of family nicknames, inside jokes and contagious laughter. Every holiday season and birthday, the family couldn’t wait until Bon’s traditional homemade dishes and desserts made their appearance as she loved those memorable gatherings.
Avid reader and playgoer, Bonnie had a wonderful way with words, and you could count yourself blessed if you were to receive a handwritten note or card with a beautifully scripted message catered to each reader. You knew you were loved and appreciated if you received a batch of cookies made from scratch or even a lemon meringue pie. The ultimate was being sung "Happy Birthday" on the phone, a duet with Rog, or having it left on voicemail to play over and over to make one feel special.
Bonnie’s legacy will carry on forever and reminds us to choose to live a life of meaningful acts of love and service, in Jesus’ name. She will be remembered for her heart she shared with friends and family, loving each and everyone one so dearly. If you knew her, you knew it. Bonnie will be dearly missed; in her memory, take a moment this Christmas season to do something special for someone.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
11:30-12:30 Visitation at Saint Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge, Illinois