Bonnie L. Chiszar

Died: Tue., Apr. 30, 2013

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Bonnie L. Chiszar

Bonnie L. Chiszar left this world on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

Don was there to meet her.

A private “going home” gathering will be held at the Chiszar family home.

Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at

Welsheimer Funeral Home, South Bend, is handling arrangements.

Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at


Charitable donations may be made in Bonnie's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warrior Project
, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675

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Tricia J. Belstra (Miller)
   Posted Thu May 02, 2013
My thoughts and Prayers go out to the family. You were a great teacher. You will be truly missed.

Dana Harris Carter
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
I was sad to read in the Facebook website for Marquette Elementary former students that Mrs. Chiszar made her transition from this life. Immediately the pleasant memories of my childhood class experiences with her almost 50 years ago came to my mind. She was one of the most impressionable teachers in my life. Mrs. Chiszar nutured each of us as if we were her own children regardless of ethnicity, religion, etc. Her love was ever so genuine. I know that her purpose and predestined gift of teaching in this life was fulfilled. I will pray for her children and family members that God will heal your broken hearts during this time. May her legacy of love and helping others live on through you. Peace & blessings always from Dana in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ronald Kalman
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
I remember our teaching years at Marquette. I recall our morning prayer group held in Joe Stante's room. I enjoyed my 40 years in the classroom. Like many educators, your spirit will be missed. I am sure that you and Don will be reunited in the heavenly kingdom. There was only "one" Bonnie. God Bless You!o

Rev. James B. Chapman
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
May the peace and grace of Christ be with you during your grieving. Mrs. C was my favorite teacher at Marquette and her impact on my life is appreciated, especially as I see the lessons she taught me I am now able to teach my children as they are progressing through elementary school. Thank you for sharing the life and legacy of Mrs. C with so many Dragons!

Jim Borntrager
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
On behalf of my family, I wanted to express our deepest condolences to the Chiszar family. My mother, Barbara (Borntrager) Mathias was a good friend of Bonnie’s, and of course a long-time colleague of hers as a teacher at Marquette. I believe they first met as college students at Ball State, starting a long relationship that I know my Mom cherished the rest of her life.

Growing up with a lot of friends that attended Marquette, I always heard what a great teacher she was, and how many former students considered her their all-time favorite. I heard that about my mom a lot too and always thought they were similar in so many respects – personally and professionally.

I last spoke to Bonnie a couple of years ago when she called to congratulate Brenda & me on our 25th wedding anniversary after seeing the announcement in the paper. She said she didn’t usually check those sorts of things, but felt maybe Mom had sent her a little message to make contact with me. I can’t express the genuine feeling of love and compassion that was felt that day while we talked and reminisced, and I really appreciated that she took the time to do that after so many years. It was another example of the great person Bonnie was, and like so many others I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to have known her.

May Bonnie rest in peace for all of her work done, and her family find comfort in knowing the profound positive effects she had on so many lives.

Debby Berry Myer
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
My sympathy & prayers are with your family for your loss. She was such a wonderful woman & a great inspiration to ALL HER STUDENTS. I had her for 4th grade and she was my all time favorite teacher. I have taken what she taught me thru my whole life. Because of her, I love to read, and she has instilled in me that we are responsible for our own actions, and thus any consequences we face as a result of our actions we choose, are no one's fault but our own. She was truly the GREATEST teacher there ever was! God bless you at your time of loss.

Amy and Fred
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
Jeff, Barb and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We know that Bonnie has been ready to joint Don for many years, so she is most likely where she wants to be.....Hard on you, but she is in a good place...

Barbara Saunders Brownell
   Posted Fri May 03, 2013
You can't teach a teacher to be a great teacher in my opinion. Great teachers have a God given gift. Jeff, Wendy, your mom had just that. She was my favorite grade school teacher. She was a talented teacher with a great sense of humor. She will be missed.

Ron Kalman
   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
I was saddened to see that Bonnie has made her transition to her heavenly home to be with Don. Her zest for education and children was outstanding. I remember the faculty prayer group she organized at Marquette when I was teaching fourth grade there. Bonnie was loved by her students. I can remember her infectious laugh when we would gather, even the breakfasts with her and Don at the J and A Restaurant. I express my condolences to the family. The photo of Bonnie and Don on the beach promises so much more for us.

   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
Though I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Bonnie for long, it was evident that she was a lady in all aspects of the defintion. And her commitment to family is an inspiration.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Julia Halasz-Tadajewski
   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
Sending love and prayers from the Halasz family. Mrs. Chizar was a great lady and a wonderful teacher to us all.
We really want to thank her for her friendship and kindness during our mother's illness. She would call and leave great messages for her and they meant the world to my parents.
Jim, Julia and Mary Catherine

Doreen Pienkowski
   Posted Sat May 04, 2013
I was your parent's dental hygienist at Dr Kosek's office, and I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear of your Mom passing. All of us truly loved your parents, not only as patients but as friends. They were the best. I will always remember how kind your parents were when I ran into them at Memorial when my mother was getting chemo, as was your Dad. They both saw how worried my mom was, and in their gracious way tried to give her hope and courage, with no regard for what they were going through themselves. That shows what kind of people they both were, and why we will all miss them so much. I thank God for putting people like your parents on this earth. I wish we had more like them. May God bless all of you, and give you the strength to get through this, as your parents would want you to. All my best, Doreen Pienkowski

Doris Saunders Shafer
   Posted Sun May 05, 2013
Sean, Wendy, Jeff,
I am writing this for mom, as computers are not her thing. She would like to send her condolences. I know that she enjoyed your mom's humor.. Dad, mom, and your parents had many good times.. I know you will remember the good old days...great memories.

Nancy Brewer Parker
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
I am saddened by the loss of Bonnie and send my thoughts and prayers to her family. My family was always touched by her presence and she will be greatly missed. My brother Scott held her in a very high degree and depended on her friendship often. She always took the time to call him and let him know she had not forgotten him and just to give him a lift of spirit.. May she meet with Don again , Nancy Brewer Parker

Kim Coleman
   Posted Mon May 06, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chiszar family Mrs. Chiszar will truly be missed. Mrs. Chiszar was my 5th grade teacher at Marquette in 1974, that was kinda a rough time in my life and she was always there to help, weather it be sharing the little bit of gum she had on gum chewing day cause i didn't have any, or something personal that needed a kiss on the cheek she was there. She was a great teacher and an even greater person I will really miss her.

Damian Dieter
   Posted Thu May 09, 2013
Sean, Jeff and Wendy,
I loved your Mom. She was a woman so, so full of life. I remember when she was at my house for the tribute fly by for your dad and my father. She was happy, proud, brave and a rock. She was always concerned for others and I know how thrilled she was when I gave Denver the airplane ride in Muncie. She talked about that for happy HE was. A great poet once wrote about the people that have passed away. That if we still think about them, and talk about them, and their actions have moved people. If we're here, and they are here...then Don and Bonnie are here. Godspeed Bonnie.

Charlotte Reid Hay
   Posted Sun August 20, 2017
A very belated note of condolence. I was just reading a post on Facebook about favorite teachers and it made me wonder about Mrs. Chiszar which led me to this obituary. Even after 56 years I can still remember what a profound influence she had on me. There was a group of 4th graders, including me, who had such a girl crush on her and wished we could be just like her - it makes me smile to remember those days. I also became a teacher and hope that someday my former students remember me as fondly. A wonderful woman who left a lasting legacy.

Shayne Rinehart (Manley)
   Posted Wed December 13, 2017
I tried to find Bonnie through the internet today and instead found this. She was my all time FAVORITE teacher and the one who made the most impact on me. I was in her 5th grade class in the 91-92 school year. I was going through a lot at home and she went out of her way to make me feel special, loved and that I mattered!!! She would give me random cards and notes and best of all hugs! I have thought of her quite a few times over the years and wanted to find a way to write her and tell her how special she was to me. I moved away to Texas a few years after I was in her class but up until recent years did not have the resources of the internet to look her up. I know she has a place in the hearts of everyone that knew her and she most certainly does in mine. A truely great woman!!

Dominique Scruggs-Simmons
   Posted Wed November 07, 2018
Although this post comes late, I will ALWAYS remember with GREAT fondness, Mrs. Chiszar, my 5th grade teacher back in 1978 at Marquette Elementary. I recall her teaching our class how to Disco and performing live on stage for the entire school! One Christmas, Mrs. C took our entire class over her house for the holiday. Hands down, Mrs. C was the best teacher I ever had, and she always stood up for her "children" as she regularly reminded us to call her "Mother Chiszar." She even bought me an alarm clock so I could get to school on time! May you rest in Heaven, God bless.