Charles Edward Bonin passed away in Corsicana on the morning of June 14, 2012 ending a valiant, nine-month battle with cancer. In his final, peaceful moments and throughout his convalescence, he was attended and comforted by family and beloved friends.
That is to say, we were doing for him as he would have done for us.
He was born on Aug. 30, 1932, to Charles Anthony and Jeanne Marie Bonin in Broussard, La., a rural, French-speaking Acadian (“Cajun”) community straddling the Lafayette and St. Martin parishes. Throughout his youth, he helped his parents farm the land. Charles’s love for gardening remained with him all of his life and became one of many ways he affected those who knew him.
Charles’s love of learning was life long, and his interests were broad, extending from agriculture, astronomy, engineering and mathematics, and woodworking to religious studies and theology. He graduated as the Valedictorian at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Broussard and attended the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, earning a B.S. with Honors in Civil Engineering. In fulfillment of his ROTC obligation, Charles served as a navigator in overseas military transport operations in the Air Force from 1954-1957. In 1991, Charles returned again to school to receive a M.A. in Religious Education from the University of Dallas. He received certification as a Master Gardener and in Rainwater Harvesting from Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
Charles often said that the best decision of his life had been to marry Maria Sylvia Rodriguez. They wed in 1957 at the Shrine of the Little Flower in San Antonio. By 1963, the couple had four sons. As a project engineer for Brown & Root, Inc., Charles managed large constructions projects throughout the south and southwest. The Bonin family became active in civic life wherever they settled.
In 1982, with their last child in college, Charles and Sylvia settled in Corsicana. Within a few years, he retired and began a second career as a volunteer in service of his church, his family, and his community. Among his many commitments, Charles supported Sylvia’s work as the Director of the Navarro Council of the Arts. He volunteered with the Navarro County Extension Service, the Master Gardening Program, Food for Fitness, Christmas in October, the Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, the Red Cross, and the United Way. For Immaculate Conception Church, Charles coordinated Adult Religious Education, served on the Parish Council and as a Lector and Commentator, and ministered to the sick and homebound. More recently, he oversaw the construction of the Immaculate Conception Holy Family Reception Center.
Charles is lovingly remembered by Sylvia, their children and their children’s families: these include Michael and Diana Bonin of Farmington, N.M., and their children Reneé, Kevin, Kyle and Robyn; Stephen Bonin of Corsicana and daughter Andrea; Dr. Thomas and Rebecca Bonin of Greenwood, Ark. and children Sara and Andrew; and Dr. Paul Bonin and Hank Lee of San Antonio and Austin. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Patsy Deshotels of Nederland, Texas, and brother Monte Bonin, and his wife Catherine of Gonzales, La.; sister-in-law Josie Rodriguez of Houston and brother-in-law Dr. Carlos Rodriguez of Washington, D.C., numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
We draw inspiration from Charles as a man of great character and expansive intellect, a deep and abiding faith, and abundant love and generosity. He read avidly. He was a gifted archivist who documented on well-ordered lists the events of his life as well as the steps for each project he undertook. Given his capacity for remembering chronology and context and his natural gifts as a storyteller, he might have been a historian. Instead, he committed his life to serving others, to sharing his knowledge, as well as his culinary, organizational, and construction skills. In so many ways, he cultivated a better life for each of us and planted a garden from which we are all still taking nourishment.
We wish to express our gratitude for the exceptional, loving care we received from Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice and to the many friends whose acts of kindness have blessed us in so many ways.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7 p.m. and a rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 18 at Corley Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. A reception with the family is scheduled following the burial. Pallbearers are Wesley Betik, Rudy Garcia, John Heard, Mike Schroeder, Steve Stoecklein and Wayne Tlustos.
Memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Church at 3000 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.
An online guestbook is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Charles Bonin obituary.
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Mrs. Patricia “Patti” Louise Montgomery Hull, 58, of Corsicana, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, after a brief illness surrounded by family at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
She was born Dec. 4, 1954, to Mike and Janet Montgomery.
She was a loving wife, mother, and “Nana” who gave endlessly to her family and cherished her friends.
Eula Mae Haynie
Mrs. Eula Mae Haynie, 88, of Frisco, formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, with family and friends by her side at the Lodge on Preston Ridge Assisted Living Center in Frisco.
She was born May 30, 1924, to Ewell and Mae Goswick in Barry.
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Mrs. Dorothy Louise Holladay, 85, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday evening, May 21, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana with her family by her side.
She was born June 2, 1927, in Blooming Grove.
She worked as a bookkeeper for 35 years at Watson Truck & Supply in Hobbs, N.M. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
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Jocelyn Ann “Jo” Biggs, 85, of Fort Worth, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
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