Edward Bonk, father of diocesan priest Father Paul Bonk, passed away on July 12 at his home in Maryville with his wife at his side.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1927 and grew up on the family farm in Posen near Nashville, the son of the late Anton and Agnes (Paszkiewicz) Bonk. He was an active member of Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Maryville, and a member of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, St. Stanislaus Society #1004 (Polish Hall) in Madison. He especially enjoyed attending all events involving his children and grandchildren.
He served his country in the United States Army. He was an accomplished welder and retired from Spectrulite in Madison. Earlier in his career, he welded samples for the Mercury space capsule and the St. Louis Arch prototypes. He was also a master craftsman.
Mr. Bonk is survived by his wife, Clara (Turski) Bonk, whom he married on May 5, 1951 at St. Mary Church in Madison; children, Kenny (Debbie) Bonk of Madison, Father Paul (late wife Johanna) Bonk, Marty (Carol) Bonk of Maryville, Judy Hosna (former husband Gary Hosna) of St. Louis, and Alan (Laurie) Bonk of Edwardsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Virginia) Bonk; sister, Mary Ann (Albert) Ryterski and many other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Edward Michael Bonk; sisters, Bernice Kitowski and Delphine Kitowski; and brother, Tony Bonk.
A visitation was held on July 19 at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon. On July 20, a funeral Mass took place at Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Maryville with his son, Father Bonk, as main celebrant. Burial followed with full military rites at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville.
Memorial donations in Mr. Bonk’s name may be given to St. John Neumann School, Edward Bonk Scholarship Fund, 142 Wilma Drive, Maryville, IL 62062.