Born in Granite City, IL on November 15, 1942, to parents – James and Emma (Gale) Vasquez, she passed into the Lord’s hands on January 7, 2022, at the New Athens Home for the Aged with her son by her side. She had reached the age of 79 years 1 month 23 days.
After High School in Marissa, she worked at the shoe factory in New Athens and was a seamstress for Singer for a while. But when she started waitressing, she found her true passion for serving people. She worked at Augustine’s Restaurant in Belleville, then managed the Breakfast Cafe` at the Executive Inn. After that, she worked for the Original Springs restaurant in Okawville. In 1983 she opened her own restaurant in New Athens called Bonnie’s Good Food and ran that until 1990. She then moved on to waitress at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville for 9 years. Changing things up later in life, she had the opportunity to join the Laborer’s Local #110 in St. Louis and worked for Castle Contracting for 7 years before retiring. But retirement was not for her, and she went back to work for her niece, Jaime at the Bullpen in New Athens before really retiring in 2015 to spend more time with her grandson and sisters.
“Bonnie was the most loving, giving woman on earth. She took care of her entire family – always putting others before herself and always had a smile to give. She worked hard all her life and will always be in our hearts.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson – John Kammermeyer, a sister – Shirley Cook, a brother-in-law – John Bahan and an infant sister – Marilyn.
Bonnie is survived by her son – Kevin (Dawn) Kammermeyer and grandson – Kristian Kammermeyer, all of Lenzburg, IL, brothers – Dennis (Donna) Vasquez of Columbia, IL, James Jr. (Lucy) Vasquez and Dale (Karen) Vasquez, both of Lenzburg, IL, sisters – Margie Bahan of Smithton, IL, Linda Sue (John) Smith of Ava, IL, Phyllis (Pat) Patterton of Farmington, IL, Jackie (Rick Mueth) Weihe of Smithton, IL and Rose Marie (Curt) Stewart of Marissa, IL. She had numerous nieces and nephews that all loved their Aunt Bonnie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the New Athens Home for the Aged or Vitas Hospice Care. Both have given extraordinary care and compassion for the time she was there.
Visitation: visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday January 14, 2022, and again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday January 15, 2022, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday evening at the church.
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday January 15, 2022, at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.