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Mary Bonnie Seppanen  

Mary Bonnie Seppanen

February 2, 1927 – May 19, 2016

Mrs. Mary Bonnie Seppanen, age 89, of Newark, DE, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Born in Newark, DE on February 2, 1927, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Wallace M. George and Florence R. (Holmes) George. She graduated from Newark High School Class of 1945 and attended Goldey-Beacom College. Bonnie married Edwin M. Seppanen on April 26, 1952 and they were married for 53 years until his death in 2006. Prior to her marriage, Bonnie was employed by Wilmington Trust. After her marriage, Bonnie became a full-time homemaker raising her three children. She was an outstanding cook and seamstress and friends of her children would welcome an opportunity to have dinner at the Seppanen home. After raising her children, Bonnie was employed by the University of Delaware.

Bonnie was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Newark, DE, serving in many positions within the church. She was devoted and committed to her Lord and Savior raising her children with a strong faith. Her happiest moments were when she would spend time with her family. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. Bonnie loved to “be on the go” and be with people and enjoyed her many trips to visit family in South Dakota. In her final years, Bonnie was a member of the Senior Care of Newark which she loved attending.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela R. Knotts (Frank), of Smyrna DE; son, Paige D. Seppanen (Teresa), of Newark, DE; family members, Arlene Seppanen, of Wilmington, DE; Patricia Alleman (Bryan), of Loysville, PA; Rob Rathburn, of Reston, VA; grandchildren, Erin Seppanen, of Thailand; Jessica and Jennifer Seppanen, of Wilmington, DE; Benjamin Seppanen (Cassie), of Loysville, PA; Stephanie Rohrbaugh (Nick), of Philadelphia, PA; great grandson, Calvin Rohrbaugh; brother-in-law, Stewart Seppanen, of Vienna, SD; sisters-in-law, Esther Seppanen, of Hayti, SD, Bernice Seppanen, of Lake Norden, SD, Martha Seppanen, of Vienna, SD and Toni Seppanen of Lake Norden, SD; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her son, Craig M.W. Seppanen in November, 1996.

A special thanks to her devoted caregivers, Christine, Erika, Jennifer, Jesse, Jewel, JoAnn, Marcie, Sue, the staff of the Senior Care of Newark and Dr. G. Beste and his staff. Also a special thanks to Season’s Hospice.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday morning, May 26, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE, where a second visitation will be held from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. Interment will follow at 2 pm in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Senior Care of Newark, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713 or Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. John and Jana seppanen, May 21, 2016

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.. We have good memories of when Uncle Ed and Bonnie used to come to SD!! Take care … Love John and Jana Seppanen

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  2. LaVonne Barker, May 21, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    With love, LaVonne

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  3. Lori Scarfi Emory, May 21, 2016

    Sorry to hear of your Moms passing Paige. My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Lori

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  4. Ms Selby, May 22, 2016

    I would like to offer my condolences to the entire family. The death of a loved one is hard to bare. Please take comfort in knowing that God (Psalms 83;18) understands your pain as he too experienced the death of his only Begotten son, Jesus Christ. John Chapter 17 please read for comfort during this difficult time…

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  5. Fred Knudsen, May 22, 2016

    Nicha and I send our love and condolences.
    A new star burns brightly in the heavens
    for Mary Bonnie. I will always cherish fond memories of your Mom and summers in Newark. We were all the very best of friends for those 2 to 3 weeks every year. The smells from your Mom’s kitchen were divine. She will be missed but so well remembered.

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  6. Arlene Eckell, May 23, 2016

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I got to know Bonnie many years ago. She was a faithful customer of my store…Volume II books on MainStreet. I hand delivered books to her, when she was ill, to her home on Lovett Ave. She was a sweet, sweet lady. May she rest in peace.

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  7. Edward "Mike" Rush, Jr., May 24, 2016

    We were sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie. Please accept our most sincere condolences from the entire Rush Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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  8. Scott Connell, May 25, 2016

    Pam,
    Please accept our condolences. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Deepest sympathy.
    Scott

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  9. Sharon Neal, May 25, 2016

    I have happy memories of my sweet neighbor, Bonnie. I will miss her friendliness and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time, but I am smiling as I think of Bonnie and my mom, Catherine, visiting and laughing on the other side as they did here.

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  10. Brad Wallace, May 26, 2016

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May she be peaceful at rest in heaven.

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