Bonnie Jean Johnson, of Colchester, peacefully passed away on May 20, 2023 at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich after battling multiple illnesses. She spent the last days of her life here on earth surrounded by those who meant the most to her. She was 75 years old. Bonnie was born in Hartford on February 7, 1948. She was a daughter of the late Edwin and Irene (Coates) Johnson. Bonnie was a hard worker and spent the majority of her career at Schuster’s Trucking Company in Colchester and Arrow Paper/US Foods in Norwich. In her free time, she enjoyed playing cards, especially setback. She spent many Sundays cheering on the New England Patriots and betting on the football games. She enjoyed being outdoors watering her rose bush and feeding the birds. She also loved the beach. She had spent many of her younger days at Rocky Neck with her twin sister, Barbara, and her granddaughter, Stephanie. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her loss will be mourned by many, especially her daughter, Kim Johnson of Colchester, granddaughter, Stephanie Peruccio of Colchester, and her great grandchildren, TJ McDermott (7) and Gianna McDermott (6) of Colchester. She was so proud to become a great-grandmother and was affectionally known as Nana or Nana-banana as the kids loved to call her. She loved her family with every ounce of her being. She never failed to make you smile and laugh and was always there with open arms. She is survived by; a brother, Lee Johnson of Chaplain, a sister, Donna (Johnson) Selleck of Windham; and many extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her twin sister, Barbara (Johnson) O’Meara, and sisters, Geraldine Higgins, Gail (Higgins) Billington, Beverly (Higgins) Popowich, Zelda (Higgins) Nowsch, and Madeline (Higgins) Varni; brothers, Gordan Higgins, Glen Higgins, and Harold Johnson. The family would like to thank the staff at Apple Rehab (Colchester) where Bonnie resided prior to her passing. It is no surprise that she made many friends while there, just as she did throughout her life. She was a true friend to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. Her carefree personality and funny stories will be missed dearly. Anyone who knew Bonnie can attest to what a kind and special person she was. She would open her heart and door to anyone no matter what. Despite all of life’s obstacles she endured, she always remained strong and conquered through things without complaining. She was truly selfless and always put others first. If you knew Bonnie, then you know how much she loved animals, especially cats. She talked about her cats up until the very end. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CT Humane Society. The services will take place at Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. The wake will be held on Wednesday, May 31, with calling hours from 5 – 7 pm. A funeral service will be held at the Arora-McCarthy funeral home on June, 1st at 10 am. Burial will follow at the Marlboro Cemetery, Located on East Hampton Rd., Marlborough, CT 06447. To sign the online guest book or share a memory of Bonnie, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com She will be sadly missed but always remembered with love.
“When each day starts without me, And I'm not there to see, If the sun shall rise and find your eyes, filled with tears for me. I wish so that you wouldn't cry, the way you did today, While considering the many things, we didn't get to say. I know the love you hold for me, is as much as I love you, Every time you think of me, I know you'll miss me too. When each day starts without me, know that we're not far apart, for all the times you think of me, I'll be right here in your heart” ~ M. L. Wichryk
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