Guest Book for Bonnie Mae Szymanski

Provided by Kopler - Williams Funeral Home

Posted by: Elizabeth L. Newbould
Tue March 04, 2014
I went to Houghton with Bonnie. My husband and I remember her bubbly personality well. She is one of those people that even if you didn't know her well you can still remember her easily. Thankful for the impact of joy she left on mine and others lives.

Posted by: Andy and Sherry Gallman
Tue March 04, 2014
We're praying for you in the loss of your wonderful, sweet daughter.  We so appreciated her love of minority cultures and languages around the world.  We're sorry we cannot be there to celebrate her life with you this weekend.  May God strengthen you all for your journey through this time of grief.

Andy and Sherry Gallman
Linguistics Professor Emeritus

Posted by: Terri (& Ron) Bradbury
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim & Karen, our thoughts, love and prayers continue to be with you.  Bonnie always had a smile and dealt so gently with others. She often spoke of her faith in God. She loved our little dog and stopped by many times on her way home to play with her & chat with us for a bit.  We miss her already and our prayers continue for you.  We are thankful, with all our hearts, that we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Much love to you on this very difficult journey.

Posted by: Sherry Ballard
Tue March 04, 2014
Working in payroll at the college, I see hundreds of students when they complete their paperwork but see very few afterwards so I don't remember many. Bonnie had such a bright smile and personality that she was one of the few I knew. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Linda Potter & Mary Peterson
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear James and Karen,
We have been praying with you through this journey with Bonnie's health issues.  We met Bonnie at the Mann's home in Waxhaw when she was visiting Abby.

Our hearts cry for you two as you're separated from your precious daughter. We pray that God will fill your hearts with the assurance that as soon as she was absent from the body, she was present with the Lord.  We know you believe this, and we know your need of God's cushioning peace beyond understanding right now.  

As God's children you grieve, but with hope.  Bonnie is more alive than she has ever been.  We'll pray for you two as you seek His guidance in how to face this transition and live beyond it.  May He give you a ministry to others who need your understanding hearts.

With Care, prayer and sympathy.
Linda and Mary (aunts of the Mann family)

Posted by: Lauren Moss
Tue March 04, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Szymanski,
I always looked forward to running into Bonnie on the way to class. She was always willing to stop and chat, regardless of how busy she was. She was such a light in my life. I'm so thankful that I had the time to get to know her throughout our years together at Houghton. Bonnie will be greatly missed.
Much love to you both.

Posted by: Elizabeth Zahorsky
Tue March 04, 2014
Bonnie and I went to Costa Rica together, and it was such a blessing to get to know her some during our time at Houghton. She was such an example of Christ's love and light to everyone who she came in contact with. Jim & Karen, you raised a wonderful, vibrant daughter who made an impact to those around her. My prayers are with you.

Posted by: Paul and Debbie Shea
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear, dear friends -- Our heartfelt love and sympathy in these days.  I am working on a collection of thoughts and even quotes relating to four years of precious time as Bonnie's advisor and teacher.  Many very precious memories and even humorous notes.  I will share them with you soon.  We are out of town for a few days. Paul and Debbie

Posted by: Norm & Arlette Lindwurm
Tue March 04, 2014
As you go thru this difficult time .. know you're friends are praying
for you..
In God's love, Norm and Arlette Lindwurm

Posted by: Mike and Nancy Walters
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear James and Karen,

   Our hearts are broken for you at the loss of your daughter, Bonnie.  We often watched as you came into church on Sundays and sat in front of us.  The three of you made a beautiful family together...full of smiles and love.  We will be praying for you during this difficult time that God's love will be present with you in a special way.

Posted by: Pastor Joseph and Deborah Krygier
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear brother and sister Szymanksi,
Although we did not know Bonnie personally, we knew her and her studies and work through Ted and Jayne Kucewicz. May the Lord be your strength at this time knowing He will continue to guide you with all wisdom by His indwelling Sprit and the Word as you walk through this time and prepare for future ministry.
Our love in Christ,
Joseph and Deborah

Posted by: Ellen (& Rod) Casali
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen,
     Our lives crossed the years we lived in Houghton as both our families were back from different mission fields. The picture you posted of Bonnie is how I picture her, always with a smile. May her love for Jesus & others, which she freely shared, bring you great comfort today & always. May God's comforting arms be wrapped around  you during these difficult days.
      Distance will keep us from attending the celebration of Bonnie's life this weekend. Our prays are with you.
Ellen (now in BC, Canada with Wycliffe)

Posted by: Ken & Cindy Jarmusz
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim & Karen our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We love you guy so much. It was great to know Bonnie. Bonnie is without pain and for that we must praise god. We all at caneadea hill church will be praying for all of you
                                Love in Christ ken & Cindy

Posted by: fran & rory & josiah stenberg
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim & Karen. We are blessed to call you friends and have shared much together.  Our hearts are saddened for you in this great loss of Bonnie.  We will keep you daily before the throne of God.  May His strength strengthen you.

Posted by: Mary McCaulley
Tue March 04, 2014
I was piviledged to have met Bonnie and her parents through my sister and to become friends with them through the years. Bonnie was one of the sweetest young ladies I've ever met. She was always pleasant to be around and it was fun to share craft ideas with her. She will be dearly missed, but I can say without a doubt, I will see her again. With deep love in Christ, Mary McCaulley

Posted by: Jori King
Tue March 04, 2014
I attended Houghton with Bonnie and we shared several classes and an overseas Mayterm. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone, even after long and difficult days. She was one of my best friends, and I will miss her greatly, but  I am glad that she is Home and enjoying Aslan's country at last.

Posted by: Rev. Elijah and LaWanda Teh-Teh
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are wishing you peace that brings God’s comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. We pray for the love of God to enfold you and your family during your journey here on earth without our irreplaceable Bonnie. God’s grace is sufficient for you and His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

We love you and stay blessed!

Rev. Elijah and LaWanda Teh-Teh

Posted by: Yvonne LABBE (MOORLAG)
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen....I have been following your journey with Bonnie since her illness and I have seen our Lord's strength in you through it all.  I am praying that you will know His peace, which surpasses all understanding.  He is the Wonderful Healer and I am so thankful Bonnie and both of you are His !!!!!  Much love, from Yvonne.

Posted by: ken and kathy hagie
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim and Karen,Ken and I send you our very deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious Bonnie.we remember her well from the times you brought her to our Caneadea Hills Church.Our continued prayers will be with you both as you deal with the sorrow and adjustment in your life.

                          KNOW HOW MUCH WE CARE
                                  KEN AND KATHY

Posted by: Chris Moore
Tue March 04, 2014
Praying for you during this tough time.
Chris Moore
Houghton College, '06

Posted by: Pastor Ron Duttweiler
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim and Karen our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by: Ann and Rob McNeill
Tue March 04, 2014
I'll never forget the enthusiasm Bonnie shared in helping the Houghton Academy class of 2012 to decorate for the Lion King Junior/Senior Banquet.  When we asked the Szymanski's if they could help us out with African decorations for our dinner tables, Karen and Bonnie stepped right up and shared fabric and souvenirs from their missions trips.  The result was fabulous.  Houghton Academy will never forget Bonnie's friendly, giving spirit.  We are proud to have such an alumna. God give you peace and good memories even as you grieve.  Our hearts are with you.

Posted by: Patti Bliss
Tue March 04, 2014
Although I didn't know Bonnie personally I have been holding her and you,the parents, up in prayer. Just from reading all the condolences I can see that she was a special person. She is in the arms of Jesus now while we hope for that day to come. My prayers will still be with you through this difficult time.

Posted by: Judy I. Orosz, MD
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim and Karen,
     My heart is broken at the loss of precious Bonnie. I have walked the journey with you from a distance and prayed daily for the three of you. Now Bonnie's journey is complete and she is whole again waiting with her Heavenly Father for those of us who continue to serve here. It is with much gratitude to God that our paths crossed in Nigeria resulting in a wonderful friendship, and I see in my mind's eye Bonnie running into the house or playing with Bernie. Please know of my continued prayers for you at this most difficult time. May our Lord wrap His arms around you and comfort you until we all meet again.
In His Love,
Judy Orosz

Posted by: George danakas
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim & Karen,
So sorry to hear about the loss of Bonnie. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May her memory be eternal.

Posted by: Mike & Jodie Swendson
Tue March 04, 2014
Jim & Karen, I am so sorry to hear this news. I remember meeting Bonnie while we were in language school in Miango-Jos. She was just about five a bright and joyful girl. It seems that hadn't changed. Jodie and I have been praying for you and her over these months. We pray that the God of all peace will give you grace during this time. In Christ, Mike & Jodie

Posted by: Rodney Loewen
Tue March 04, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen,

I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing.  My deepest sympathies to you both.

Cancer is a terrible thing.  When my father had cancer we prayed for his healing but the Lord chose to heal him with the ultimate healing in Heaven.   It was as if my father's work on earth was complete and time for the Lord to say, "Well done, good and faithful servant...enter into the joy of the Lord."  Matt. 25:21.   May you be comforted with this verse in your sorrow of saying "until we meet again" to Bonnie.  

My condolences to you both.
Rodney Loewen

Posted by: Paul and Sandy Falcone
Tue March 04, 2014
We are just a couple of the many who prayed. We can't know your sorrow; it is unique to you and some others who have had that type of loss. A huge effort, huge hope, huge needs huge consolation from The Lord Himself. We will continue to pray for you. We were hoping for a different end but we all know there is an end in a different place. The Author of miracles knows the whole story even when we don't see the miracle we asked for.

Posted by: Joel and Karen Stroud
Wed March 05, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
      Our hearts hurt so for you, knowing that your loss is greater than we can possibly imagine.  We take great hope in knowing that our precious Savior's love for you is also higher and wider and deeper than we can possibly fathom.  In the midst of the grief, we rejoice in the comfort of the knowledge that Bonnie is experiencing that unfathomable love that God demonstrated at the Cross in a new and spectacular way!   Meanwhile, we long for the day when we will all be together again.  Please know that we continue to pray for you, trusting the God of all comfort to minister to you in the ways that only He can.  
Love to you both,
Joel and Karen

Posted by: Priscilla Ozodo
Wed March 05, 2014
I pray for the Lord's peace and comfort for you in this difficult time. Bonnie's life impacted everyone she was around. She will always be my Nigerian Sister :)

Posted by: Jane Wright
Wed March 05, 2014
Jim and Karen,
   Words can not express how deeply sorry I am that you have had to say "good bye" to Bonnie. We know that we don't grieve as the world does, we have hope. Still, we do carry sorrow and feel heart aching pain when a loved one goes home. Someday she will be waiting to greet you and what a happy reunion that will be!
  Until then you will continue to be lifted in prayer.
  Jane Wright, Forestville Wesleyan Church

Posted by: Karen Hotchkiss
Wed March 05, 2014
Thank you, Jim & Karen, for raising such a wonderful young lady.  Bonnie was always ready with a smile and an encouraging word.  She always had time to actually stop and listen to how things were going.  It was my privilege to work with her to get her to Tanzania - and what joy she got out of the experience.  I'm so grateful for the impact that Bonnie had on so many lives, mine included.  Blessings on you as you walk this difficult road - prayers are with you.

Posted by: Don and Gail Schuit
Wed March 05, 2014
Jim and Karen - Know that you are being upheld before our Lord by your friends at the Missionary Reteat Fellowship.

Posted by: Bailey Karfelt
Wed March 05, 2014
I am so sad to hear about Bonnie. We had several classes together at Houghton and worked on multiple projects together. Bonnie was always a positive, thoughtful person and made every encounter enjoyable. Her loss will be felt deeply by many. My prayers are with her family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Tammy Rivers
Wed March 05, 2014
I did not know Bonnie well, but the few conversations that we did have were always uplifting. She was a beautiful person who truly embodied the love of God.

Posted by: Lisa Turner
Wed March 05, 2014
Karen and Jim,
So sorry for your lost, My prayer's are with you. ( Fellowship Weslyan )

Posted by: Patricia Morse Sands
Wed March 05, 2014
Dear Karen and Jim,
My sister, Kathy, has been 'keeping me informed' and my prayers have been and will continue to be with the two of you.  God bless you both.  I never met Bonnie, but from the condolences and from her photo, she instantly reminds me of you, dear Karen.

With God, she is with you.  My heart-filled thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Tammy Battista
Wed March 05, 2014
Jim, Karen and Family,

We met you all briefly at a restaurant in Williamsburg, VA a few year back.  Albeit it was a short visit and we have never seen you again, we saw the love of our Lord so present in your lives.  Bonnie touched people with her personality and smile, something that we will never forget!  We pray that God will comfort your family during this time and until you will see her again in Heaven!  Please stay in touch and we are here if you need anything!

Posted by: Aaron Rider
Wed March 05, 2014
I am a junior at Houghton, and I once had the pleasure of taking a history class with Bonnie. I never saw her much after that semester, but she left quite an impression. She was one of the most upbeat people I've met, and always a joy and a treat to be around. I wish I could have had more interactions with her than I did. My sincere condolences to her family - and thank you for raising such a wonderful person!

Posted by: Becca Nitz
Wed March 05, 2014
Bonnie always had such a warm, peaceful smile on her face whenever I saw her around Houghton's campus.  She inspired me to be as intentional about loving God's children as she was; I particularly remember her taking the time to give a sweet greeting to each person she passed wherever she went, remembering each person's name.  She was such a bright light shining for Jesus. No one could deny it.  I wish you all the comfort God can give to the family that was so blessed to have Bonnie a part of their everyday lives.  I can't imagine the sense of loss you must feel but also the relief that she is safe in her Heavenly Daddy's arms.  Praying for you as you let Jesus hold your hurting hearts.

Posted by: Brad & Beth Marshall & family
Wed March 05, 2014
Dear Karen and Jim,

We have so many wonderful memories of Bonnie through the years, and we cherish each one. What a joy it was to watch her grow from an adorable toddler into a beautiful young lady! What was most beautiful about Bonnie though, was the spirit of Christ which lived within her and flowed out of her, impacting everyone she encountered. Each update Bonnie sent during the time of her illness greatly ministered to us, for it was a witness of God's grace upon her.

Our hearts are grieving with you as we share in your sorrow. We wish it were possible for us to be with you this weekend and attend Bonnie's funeral service. Please know that we will be with you in thought and prayer. May God's grace and love sustain you during this time of great need.

With love and sympathy,
Brad, Beth, Laura, Thomas, and Benjamin

Posted by: The Tokarczyk Family
Wed March 05, 2014
We have followed this brave young ladies journey to her savior through emails from Fellowship Wesleyan Church.  Our condolences and deep sympathy go out to both of you.  May God continue to bring peace and his continued presence at this difficult time of loss.
The Tokarczyk Family

Posted by: Randy & MaryJane Heller
Wed March 05, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
Our hearts and prayers are with you both, it's hard to believe that she's now with Jesus, but it put a smile on my face when I thought of Mina and Al meeting her at heavens gate.  They loved her and your visits.  We pray that God wraps his arms around you and gives you peace that only he can.
All our love    Randy & Maryjane

Posted by: Kate Ha-Eun Jeong
Wed March 05, 2014
I will never forget her smile... I remember little things like her bunnies from that one summer, I remember seeing her always with a smile, her ponytails, from graduation... from classes... hallways... There were a lot of opportunities to talk to her and I knew she'd always be open to it but a lot of times I would just let it pass by me... Even after her visits to hospitals.. I wanted to tell her that she's so brave and so much more stronger than I .. but I never had the chance to... and because she smiled all the time- like seriously ALL THE TIME :), I always thought she'd be okay... I think this news is hard for everyone ... I can't stop wondering why her.. she was the last person who'd do anything harmful.. But one thing I know for sure is that God used her and is still using her. I will keep you in my prayers......

Posted by: Steve and Mikki Schmidt
Wed March 05, 2014
Jim and Karen, we wish to express our condolences.  Bonnie was a sweet and courageous young lady.  We remember our special time together as families in Miango so many years ago.  We are praying that you will experience the peace of Christ as you walk through this valley.  Love, Steve and Mikki

Posted by: Christie Dasaro, Director TEN3 Nigeria
Thu March 06, 2014
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Bonnie death. Bonnie fought a good fight, finished the race excellently and kept the faith. As she has joined the great cloud of witnesses, we will continue in the legacy she left us to love Jesus more than any other thing in this world. we look forward to joining her at the feet of Christ someday. We pray the presence of God enfolds you during this time of grief. (Christie Dasaro, on behalf of TEN3 Nigeria)

"ECWA family mourns deeply with the family and pray that God will hold their hands and lead them through the darkest tunnel." (Rev. Dr. Jeremiah M. Gado, ECWA President)

"Beloved friends in the truth, as custodian of God's gift, we submit to his good will. Blessed are you who mourn for you will be comforted," Matthew 5:4 (Rev. Joshua Tuwan)

"We are sad for the departure of Bonnie. I pray for our Comforter the Holy Spirit to comfort you and we thank God that right now Bonnie is in the presence and loving care of Jesus" (Tarimin Kewa, on behalf of TEN3 Writers in Nigeria)

"We prayed and sought God's will concerning Bonnie and we truly desire physical healing for her, God's will gave her eternal rest. please, accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the departure of Bonnie. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time." (Mr. Isaac Tanam, on behalf of ECWA International College of Technology)

"We are comforted in the fact that we will reunite with Bonnie someday. We prayed for her healing, but God decided to call her home. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face these difficult moments." (Pastor Nathaniel Dasaro, on behalf of ECWA Gospel Church, Bh. NDLEA, Jos, Nigeria)

"May God Almighty who has called Bonnie home comfort and give you the fortitude to face grieving moments" (Mrs. Dareng on behalf of Principals, PIT students in Jos, Nigeria)

Posted by: Lindsey Ainsworth
Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Szymanski,
My most vivid memories of Bonnie involve having adventures in Niger Creek compound - her generosity of spirit and enjoyment of life were so wonderful to be around!  I cannot even begin to comprehend your loss, but I pray for peace and an incredible sense of God's love for you and your family.

Posted by: Rhea Shelton
Thu March 06, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Szymanski,

I was in class with Bonnie last semester in the MLS program at the University at Buffalo. We were in a group together. I am so sorry for your loss. Bonnie was so sweet and such a pleasure to work with. We received an A on our group assignment, much thanks to her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Bonnie rest in peace.

Rhea Shelton

Posted by: Art & Lisa Miller
Thu March 06, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss of your dear daughter.  I know what a difficult time this is for everyone so dear to her.  But know that God will help you through this difficult time.  My God Bless you in this time of grieving.  God Bless!!!

Posted by: Karen Smosarski
Thu March 06, 2014

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Valley View Village Church, Valley View, Ohio.


Posted by: George Laastowski
Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen, I am so sorry to hear about precious Bonnie. My heart is grieving along with yours. May the Lord's peace comfort you at this time of sorrow. God Bless You!

Posted by: Diane Malkin
Thu March 06, 2014
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Szymanski,

I am stunned to hear of the passing of your daughter Bonnie.  I met her last semester in an online class through UB and got to know her a little better than most since we were grouped together for a project.  She had a terrific work ethic, was easy to get along with, and though a little timid, willing to try new things such as downloading a new program to her computer so we could all meet together weekly and see each other at the same time.  I had no idea then that Bonnie was undergoing such a tough fight.  She seemed chipper and engaging and was always hard at work on the project.  I saw her online once or twice this semester and was going to reach out and say hi but I didn't.  I wish that I had.  I used to be afraid of leaving this earth but I have since come to believe that heaven is a grand place and I feel certain Bonnie is comforted and at peace.  Thought and prayers are with you at this time of deep sorrow.


Posted by: Bruce & Robin Walton
Fri March 07, 2014
We grieve with you in your loss.  We are praying for God's grace to carry you day by day.

Posted by: Michelle Beechey
Fri March 07, 2014
Mr. & Mrs. Szymanski,
I was so sad & shocked to hear of Bonnie's passing.  I only met Bonnie on-line last semester at UB where we worked on a group project together.  She was so sweet and wonderful to work with.  She made no mention of the fact that she was so sick and did more than her part to contribute to our assignment.  
Bonnie's smile and spirit will always live within you & those who knew her. My prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your beautiful daughter.


Posted by: Angie Young
Fri March 07, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,

My prayers and heart go out to you; your loss must be indescribable.  We only met briefly when you presented at Bayside Community Church in Tampa, but I still recall how proudly you spoke of Bonnie then, and the family photo on your ministry information card showing her up in a tree, beaming in a bright tie-dyed shirt. From following her recent journey I'm sure you must be even more proud of her achievements and how her sunny spirit and upbeat testimony has touched more people than we can know, many of us looking forward now to meeting her in heaven.  

May He comfort you with His indescribable peace.

Posted by: Barbara Kwitowski
Fri March 07, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Bonnie was a courageous young woman and now rests safely in Jesus 'loving arms. Praying God's peace strength and comfort to you both and your family.

Posted by: Jim and Margaret Puszcz
Fri March 07, 2014
Jim and Karen:

Jim and I are so sadden by the news that Bonnie has gone home!  We cannot begin to understand how you are feeling.  We do know however without a doubt that she is in heaven and walking on the streets of gold completely healed!  We enjoyed watching her grow up through the years. May God richly bless you in the days, weeks and months ahead.  Jim and Margaret

Posted by: Greg and Carolyn Kirschner
Fri March 07, 2014
We are so sad that Bonnie is gone.  Steph and Carolyn are very thankful for the short visit they had with the 3 of you last spring in Indianapolis.  Your loss is unimaginable.  We continue to pray for you.  Maybe we can see you this summer when we are in Erie?
Love, Greg and Carolyn

Posted by: Kara Mastin
Fri March 07, 2014
Bonnie was a wonderful friend who you knew cared for everyone around her. She would take the time to listen to everything they had to say even about crazy science classes she didn't understand. She always brought a smile to my face when I went to my CPO and found Bible verses, Christmas presents, or birthday packages that she had made. She will be missed. Praying for you.

Posted by: Joel Anthis
Sat March 08, 2014

GARDEN PATH was sent by Joel and Cindy Anthis.

Dear Jim and Karen, Words cannot express our deep deep heartfelt shared sorrow with you in this difficult time of grieving. We prayed so hard for Bonnie's healing. So hard. And yet the Lord chose to call her home. And we don't understand that. But we know with confidence that no one loves Bonnie more than Jesus. But it's still so very hard. We pray the Lord would hold you and walk with you breath by breath, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day in a miraculous loving sustaining way that you have never experienced before. And we pray the same Lord who is caring for Bonnie now in heaven would hold you and carry you now here on earth. We love you and wish we could be there to hug you and walk with you through this difficult time. Love in Christ, Joel and Cindy Anthis and family (formerly of SIM Jos, Nigeria, now in Houston, TX)


Posted by: Judith and Brian Dunstan
Sat March 08, 2014
All our prayers have been with you throughout this time, and we will continually hold you up in prayer for strength in the days to come.

Judith and Brian Dunstan
Quispamsis, Canada

Posted by: Wesley Vardy
Sat March 08, 2014
Bonnie and I, along with 25 other students, spent 3 months in East Africa together. I will always remember how proud Bonnie was of the fact that she considered herself African :) I will always miss you, and will always have those precious memories to cherish of our times together... See you soon, my friend!!!


Posted by: John, Janet, Nissa, Matt & Ellie Tresidder
Sat March 08, 2014
Dear Karen and Jim,
Our hearts are heavy as we think the pain of your great loss, but lift a little as we remember Bonnie. It is many years since we encountered Bonnie as lovely, sweet, gentle, little girl, playing with our Ellie at Miango in Nigeria; how she loved staying at Rose Cottage and adding Soya Sauce to all her meals; and of the friendship our families shared. We have prayed with you from across the world in Australia and have been inspired by Bonnie's courage and faith throughout her illness. We too were looking to God to heal Bonnie, so it is difficult to accept that she is really gone. We take comfort in knowing that Bonnie has no more pain and  is with Jesus. We continue to pray that God will illuminate your way and his love be tangible at this dark time in your lives. Although we cannot understand God's ways we do know that, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end." (Lamentations 3:21)

with much love,

The Tresidder family
(John, Janet, Nissa, Matt & Ellie)


Posted by: Ken and Merryl Williams
Sat March 08, 2014
We remember you all from our time in Hillcrest / Jos 2002-2004.  We have been praying for you all though out Bonnie's illness.  Bonnie's positive response to all her suffering has been inspirational.

We pray now that God will give you all the deep peace that only He can give and that you will be comforted in knowing she is home with her Lord.

God bless and keep you.


Merryl and Ken Williams (ex Chaplain Hillcrest)

Posted by: Ken, Linda, Stephen and Alida Ward
Sun March 09, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
                          Just to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. We thank God that Bonnie personally knew the Lord and has gone to be with Him. We pray this will be a comfort to you in the coming days and that God will give you the strength as you continue your walk with him.

Posted by: Ron Rohe
Sun March 09, 2014
Jim & Karen, I'm at a loss for words as I don't have any personal experiences that even begin to compare to the prolonged agony and final pain of loss that you two must have endured.  My prayer is that God will answer your "whys" with an overwhelming sense of His presence, care and love.

Posted by: Art & Shirley Glodowski
Sun March 09, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen,
We are so sorry for your great loss.Although no one else can truly share the sadness you feel now, may memories of you daughter Bonnie bring you peace and reassure you that love endures forever until you meet again in heaven. God Bless you during this hard time.

Posted by: Joy (Ensmenger) Kelly
Sun March 09, 2014
Dear Karen & Jim: I have known your family, Karen, for close to 45 yrs. I am so sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting your special daughter, Bonnie. She was a beautiful girl, reminding me so much of you, Karen. I got an insight from emails Beth would forward to me; what an amazing spiritual girl Bonnie was, who had been blessed to know our Savior. What a privilege & honor it must have been to be her parents. She impacted many people in her short journey here on earth. I lost my wonderful husband last year, & it was such a comfort for me to know he was no longer suffering, & is in Heaven. I pray that the Lord will comfort you both, & bring a calming peace over you during this sorrowful time & in the difficult days ahead... With heartfelt sympathy, Joy. - (Beth Marshall's sister).

Posted by: Don, Barb and Aby Schmid, Bis. ND
Sun March 09, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
You waited a long time for Bonnie to come, and what a joy and gift you have had in her.  Only you and God know fully just how special she was.  Your hearts will grieve for a long, long time, soothed only by the promise of God's eternal grace in Jesus our Lord.  Now we look forward to that eternal grace with even more desire than we did before, since Bonnie has gone before you.  We remember the fun our girls had in fixing her beautiful hair when you came to our house.  Today was a big day.  May God who is even bigger hold you, comfort you and embrace you.  Our love, Don, Barb, Aby

Posted by: Debra and Kevin Wilson
Sun March 09, 2014
To Bonnie's family, we are so sorry for your loss. To lose a child is the most painful. We met once at the wedding of Kaleb and Amanda. I remember her bright smile and enjoyed talking about her missionary travels. May God embrace and comfort and hold your hearts close to His. May His grace and love always be a reminder of our love here.

Debra Wilson of Comfort Ministry

Posted by: Elizabeth Pisaniello
Sun March 09, 2014
Bonnie was friendly and kind to everyone. I loved chatting with her on my way to class in the morning, or seeing her in the library. Seeing her always encouraged me. I am so grateful to God that I was able to know her during my time at Houghton. I am praying for you in your loss.

Posted by: Allen Andrews
Mon March 10, 2014
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Szymanski,
We have been following Bonnie and your journey with much interest and prayer from SIM USA.  My wife and I are sorry for your loss continue to think of you as you said goodbye to Bonnie yesterday.  May God continue to grant you strength and comfort in your grieving.
Sincerely,  Allen & Marilyn Andrews (Director of Training, SIM USA)

Posted by: Ken and Carol Stonemetz
Tue March 11, 2014
Our prayers for you continue. Bonnie's life was, and her memory is, a blessing to everyone who knew her. The grace evident in her life will bear fruit for years to come. We love you.

Posted by: Nancy Say
Tue March 11, 2014
Dear Karen and Jim,

Although I never met Bonnie personally I have followed and prayed for you all through the years.  Especially, so when I learned of her illness.  It seems so unfair when God takes home the young.  My heart goes out to you both.  I know she is in a better place but I also know you will grieve and miss her.  May God put his protective arm around  you especially so at this time.  She just like I remember you, Karen  from Mill Road , Karen.

God bless you both, Nancy Say


Posted by: Linda Titus
Mon March 17, 2014
I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet daughter, Bonnie. I did not know her personally but have been able to read your e-mail newsletters and have been praying for you all. May God comfort you at this very difficult time of separation & give you peace in the knowledge that you will one day again be with your precious daughter.

Posted by: Peter Upson
Mon March 24, 2014
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Szymanksi,

I was truly sorry to hear about Bonnie. You may remember that my family lived on Niger Creek compound in Jos? I remember playing with Bonnie when we were younger. I remember her as a gentle and kind girl. I think that everyone who knew Bonnie will remember her with happiness. God bless you during this difficult time until you are reunited with your daugther in God's loving embrace.


Peter Upson

Posted by: Doug and Katie Peebles
Thu March 27, 2014
Dear Jim & Karen,

Katie and I have been deeply touched by the grief you two are now facing together. May you know Christ's ever present peace and strength as you trust Him for hope and seeing Bonnie again.

Doug & Katie Peebles

Posted by: Don, Barb and Aby Schmid, Bis. ND
Mon March 31, 2014
Dear Jim and Karen,
I had posted a message sometime ago but it hasn't shown up.  We trust you are being held very closely by our gracious Lord and God.  Isn't it wonderful we shall know our children and families fully in the heavenly kingdom to come.  We pray for your joy and your peace and your sorrow.
Don, Barb and Aby Schmid

Posted by: Eloisa Lee
Mon April 07, 2014
I'm saddened by this news. While I spent a brief time with your family in Nigeria when I was there in 2003, I remember you dearly. May His peace and comfort fill your hearts.