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Bonnie M. Mattison

Bonnie passed away Thursday, February 23, 2023 at her home in Kalamazoo.

She was born August 16, 1949 in Niles, the daughter of Carley and Belva (Gregory) Daniel. For many years Bonnie was a medical assistant at Bronson Hospital. After her retirement she enjoyed volunteering in the NICU and at Alamo Elementary as a reading aide.

Bonnie loved quilting and had made many quilts for all of her family. Bonnie’s world revolved around her family, especially her granddaughter who she loved spending time with. Bonnie was a member of the Alamo Community Congregational Church, now Restoration Church of Alamo. On January 12, 1970 she married Michael Mattison who passed away in 2017.

Surviving are her son, Brian (Jennifer) Mattison; granddaughter, Aubrey; siblings, Betty Simmons and Jeanette Sikkenga along with many nieces and nephews, including a special niece who was like a daughter, Wendy (Julie) Sikkenga.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Jane Lamphear and Dan Daniel.

Friends may visit with Bonnie’s family from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Restoration Church of Alamo with Pastor Don Boss officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Bonnie may be made to Restoration Church of Alamo or to Bronson Health Foundation, 301 John Street, Box 73, Kalamazoo MI 49007, Attn: Children’s Hospital Fund NICU or at bronsonfoundation.com/donate.

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Louise Harvey

February 27, 2023 at 4:09 pm

Brian and Jenn, my heart is broken, along with yours.

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Doreen Reardon

February 27, 2023 at 4:55 pm

I am deeply saddened for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you family during this grieving time.

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Dean Johnson

February 27, 2023 at 9:36 pm

Brian

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember you telling us how your mom baked a lot of pies and gave them away. By all accounts she was a wonderful lady.

Take care.

Dean Johnson

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Cindy

February 28, 2023 at 2:39 am

Brian,Jenn,Aubrey & family

We are so very sorry for your loss. We send love to you all

Andrew &Cindy Rigterink

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Amanda Mason

February 28, 2023 at 12:33 pm

Brian,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful person. I have so many fond memories of her. I still have the cherished quilt she made me for high school graduation. The world isn’t as bright without Bonnie in it.

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Joan Walters

February 28, 2023 at 6:50 pm

Brian and Family,

I was so sadden to hear of the passing of your mom. She came with your Aunt Pat to Pat and my class reunion this fall. It was so good to see her after so many years. She was still the bubbly, fun loving Bonnie.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Marcy Gunn

March 1, 2023 at 8:37 am

How blessed we all are for having Bonnie as a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Brian, Jen and Aubrey. I met Bonnie over 20 years ago when I worked for Dr. McCormick and she was working for the ENT group. We both parked in the same lot, worked on the 2nd floor, came and left at the same time and soon became good friends. She loved decorating with snowmen and I loved decorating for Halloween. We often got each other those themed gifts. Winter was actually “Snowman Season” for Bonnie. To this day anytime I see a snowman, I think of her. When one of our staff was retiring, I let Bonnie know, she applied for the job and got it. She let me know how thankful she was for our friendship because it brought her to work for Dr. McCormick with whom she had great respect for. I recall the happiness in her face when Brian and Jen set a date to get married, the joy in her heart when she became a grandmother. She was always positive and kind. I remember there were times she’d share a funny incident, could hardly finish it because we’d both be laughing so hard we’d start crying. After finishing a quilt, she’d bring it in to show us. Those were made with so much love . Spice days were a bonus when she’d bring in a tub of Cinnamon in that Mike brought home from Kalsec to share with everyone. There were all those holiday themed placemat tote bags she’d make and give away. We all enjoyed working with each other. After our lives went in different directions, We’d all try to get together at least 1-2 times a year for our “Gastro Girl Breakfasts”. It was like we’d never been apart. My heart was covered in sadness when I got the news , but not for very long because it was replaced with a flood of wonderful memories that Bonnie gave me and I am so very thankful to her for those. She will be dearly missed by us all.

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Emily Jo Mortenson

March 1, 2023 at 8:55 am

Brian, Jenn, & Aubrey,

Sending you all a piece of our hearts to help mend yours. Wishing you all comfort.

Love,

Emily Jo & Josey Jane

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Amy D

March 1, 2023 at 12:37 pm

I worked with Bonnie at Bronson, she was such a delight to work with and be around. She was such a wonderful person; she will be missed.

So sorry for your loss.

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Marlita

March 2, 2023 at 9:22 am

Brian & Jennifer, We were stunned to hear of Bonnie’s passing; but so grateful for her sweet earthly walk with Jesus…she was so kind and looked for ways to serve others thru her baking, sewing and teaching skills. She happily prepared costumes for the Alamo Church musicals & programs. She also made special quilts for four of our grandkids. The pre-K kids at Alamo Church adored “Miss Bonnie”. We will miss her, but know God greeted her with, “Well done, good & faithful servant.” Pastor Bill & Marlita (traveling in TN)

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Karen Ullrich

March 2, 2023 at 5:10 pm

I remember Bonnie as a sweetheart. I haven’t been in touch with her recently; but when I was in school, Bonnie rode the same bus I did to Otsego schools. Later, I came in contact with her because she worked in my Mom’s doctor’s office. Her kind, generous spirit will be missed.

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Cindy Roe

March 2, 2023 at 9:02 pm

I met Bonnie in volunteer training for Bronson’s NICU….we had much in common, and shared Saturday mornings holding and rocking babies. She was such a nice person, and I am very sorry for your loss.

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Tom&Cathy McCormick

March 3, 2023 at 11:11 am

Bonnie was a particularly incredible woman.Her Love of life and hope with the children she volunteered for and she cared for and the lives she touched will be remembered dearly.

Nothing will transcend the deep love she had for her family . She will be dearly missed.✝️❤️ Peace to all who knew her.

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Tiffany Todd

March 3, 2023 at 2:14 pm

I was blessed to have Bonnie as a neighbor for many years. She was always there to lend a hand if needed and made the best zucchini bread. She covered that vegetable with chocolate!!

When my daughter was born extremely early we had to spend many months in the NICU. She would always stop in to check on us and and I got to witness the love she gave to all those babies. She will be dearly missed.

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Roger Hensley

March 3, 2023 at 7:23 pm

Brian, Jenn, and Aubry:

My heart goes out to you as you go through this difficult time, and for a while there will be a large empty spot inside, but I pray the God of the Bible strngthens and comforts you through your life’s journey. I pray that at times you may be able to smile know you all will see her again. As Believers we all have much to look forward too; seeing Bonnie again will be wonderful.

Like many, I was shocked and deeply saddened upon hearing the news that Bonnie had unexpectantly passed away. She was not only a member of Restoration Church that we both attended, but she was also a very special friend.

Bonnie loved people; especially her son Brian, daughter in law Jenn, and granddaughter Aubry. She was very proud of all of you, and it showed when her face would light up as she talked about her family. She also loved and talked fondly of other family members, and the wonderful people she worked with at Bronson Hospital.

For many people like myself, Bonnie was someone we could talk too and be open and honest with, without being judged. I had conversations with Bonnie that ranged from Faith to Politics, from Church Policies to Potential Pastors, Church name change, Music, History, Horses, Heaven, Sewing Machines and Quilting. Her passion for what she loved made the conversations interesting, and a pleasure to here.

Bonnie honored me and the other US military veterans by placing our military pictures in the local newspaper every year. Most people didn’t know just how much she loves the United States, and what it took to keep us all free, but Bonnie did.

I could go on for a long time talking about all the wonderful things about Bonnie, but the most important things I hope we all remember is this: even though Bonnie left us suddenly and without warning, Bonnie knew where her Eternal life would go, because she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Now she is with her Messiah, and will live forever in a place we can only imagine as described in the Bible.

I will miss my friend Bonnie each time I’m in Church and I don’t see her sitting in her favorite chair, or have her give me a hug to greet me, or watch her give a complete stanger a hug, and strike up a conversation with them to make them feel at home. Bonnie was Love, and it showed immensly in all the lives she touched; especially a young 23 year old woman I invited to Church, who was encouraged by Bonnie to pursue her dream of being a Nurse. That young woman was blessed by Bonnie, and is in the nursing program at Grand Valley State University.

We all should look at the life and the love Bonnie showed. She was, and is a Wonderful example of the kind of person we all should be.

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Paul, Letitia, Steven and Alex Z

March 3, 2023 at 8:09 pm

Brian — So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing and we are all thinking about you, Jenn, and Aubrey. Hope you find solace in thinking of the good times in your lives together to help you through this difficult time. All our love, sympathy and prayers.

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The Holland Family

March 4, 2023 at 9:35 am

Dear Brian, Jenn, Aubrey and Family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and we keep you all in our prayers. Bonnie was our wonderful friend and neighbor for many years. We were so blessed to have her in our lives and will forever miss her kindness, compassion and fun-loving sense of humor.

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The Holland Family

March 4, 2023 at 10:14 am

Dear Brian, Jenn, Aubrey and Family,

Our hearts are with you and we are keeping all of you in our prayers. Bonnie was our wonderful friend and neighbor for many years, we were so blessed to have her in our lives. We will dearly miss her kindness, compassion and fun-loving sense of humor.

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Nancy Zeluff

March 4, 2023 at 3:43 pm

Brian & family: Bonnie was such a happy-go-lucky kind of girl!!! She always had a smile & a kind word to say. She just seemed to know if you needed to talk. Will miss her. Always will be in my heart.

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