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“Bonnie you lived life to the fullest and I know you are happy now that you are with the love of your life PatWe shared many good memories of being...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jenny Huth - Fort Wayne, IN

“You will always forever be in my heart. You and papa always treated me as a son and that was very much appreciated.... My personal and fondest...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Clarence Vibbert - LaOtto, IN

“I had the pleasure of working with Marilyn,Caroline and Shirley at Super Market Services.I am sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: carol saylor - leo, IN - Friend

“Thinking of you and the family during this time of your loss. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Gatton - Shallotte, NC

“I will always treasure you, My Sweet, Beautiful Aunt Bonnie, and will treasure all the memories of you. It is a heartache that you have left us, but...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Suzanne Terpos - Marathon, FL

“My condolences on the passing of you mother, Helen. What a wonderful obituary. She is having a good day forever now. Praying for the entire family...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: jim saul saul - Fort Wayne, IN

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.To live in hearts, we leave behind is not to die.While we are...Read More »

“Lavonne will always be one of my heroes. She represents everything that family should be. We have known each other since Pat's final weeks, and she...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jeff Walker - NC - Friend

“I always knew her as Aunt Bonnie...she always treated seeing either my Johnnie or any of our 4 kids as well as myself with that wonderful smile and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jackie Krudop - Fort Wayne, IN

“My prayers and love for the entire DeRose family. She was a great lady. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lenay Yorko - Lancaster, MA

“Lenay ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Yorko - Lancaster, MA - Friend

“I love u nana and will never forget you I know your with papa now smiling down ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Heather Kelser - Fremont, OH

“John and Family,I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother sounds like a very wonderful person and I am sure you and your family have some great...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jodie Posillipo - IN - Friend

Lavonne M. "Bonnie" DeRose, 92, left her family for her place in heaven on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Born in Fort Wayne she was the daughter of the late Charles and Tillie Bump. She retired from Supermarket Services Corp., where she met lifetime friends, and previously volunteered her time at Lutheran Hospital, where she rocked and cuddled newborn babies. On January 23, 1944, she married her childhood sweetheart, Patrick DeRose, with whom she would enjoy 62 years of marriage before his death in 2006. A strong, independent wife and mother, Bonnie held it all together at home while Pat served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. She endured the hardship many women experienced during that time, when Pat's B-24 Liberator was shot down, and he was held prisoner of war. The uncertainty of knowing his fate while she struggled with the responsibilities of young motherhood would create an inseparable bond between them for the rest of their days. Bonnie would later state that the joy of learning of his liberation by allied forces was one of the highlights of her life, and she and Pat would go on to nurture their large, close-knit family with the knowledge that life is both precious and temporary. They taught their children the importance of the words "I love you," and that a warm hug really can solve almost anything, especially if it also came with a heaping plate of Bonnie's spaghetti and meatballs. Bonnie was proud of her family, and in recent years, looked forward to kissing "that handsome Italian boy" (Pat) again, holding their infant daughter, born into heaven in 1968, and reuniting with her beloved cat, Sam. Bonnie will be missed everyday by her children, Patty (LeRoy) Dilley, James (Donna) DeRose, Patrick (Shirley) DeRose Jr., Marilyn (John) Gatton, Carolyn (Steve) Minich, Diana (Ron) Dantzer, Virginia (Delbert) Kirby, John (Trina) DeRose, Teresa (Lynn) Rosswurm, Helen (Mark) Carrico, Jeanette Newman, and Mary (Brian) Sievers; 29 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren; special nieces and nephew, Bonnie Mosier, Susie Terpos, Jo Smith, and John Gonser; her "baby boy," Dr. Jeff Walker; extended family, friends, and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Patrick DeRose, daughter Karen DeRose, great-granddaughter Brooke Dilley, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. Service is 1:30 pm, May 7, 2018 at - D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with calling an hour prior. Calling at the funeral home Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Memorials may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice. "Nana, we will love and miss you always, but we are happy that you are at peace with Papa again." To sign the online guest book, go to