ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bonnie Wickizer, 79 years old, born on March 21, 1941, and passed away on August 10, 2020. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Richard Wickizer on March 22, 2021
(Shared in an email to some of mom's family & friends on her birthday) The first day of Spring has been, and will always be a time when my mind and heart are filled with memories of my mother. I miss her.

My solace is found in knowing that as in Spring, when things are renewed; mom in her passing has been renewed to a place of profound love.

Happy birthday mom. I love you!
Posted by Jay Wickizer on March 21, 2021
Happy birthday, mom! I hope you’re having fun untethered to this world! We miss you very much! Say hello to everyone for us! See you soon. Love you, Jay.
Posted by Candy Jones on March 21, 2021
Happy Birthday Anastasia. I love you.
Posted by Cindy Pain on August 30, 2020
Bonnie was my friend and a true Poolie at heart. We spent 10 years frolicking through the seasons but summer was the best. A group of neighborhood women and a few of their fabulous husbands played around the pool as if we were still at camp. We talked and laughed and ate and drank. We never missed a birthday. And Bonnie was there for all of them. She was fun and smart and loving and voted best legs every year! Yes, Bonnie was my friend and the world is a little less bright.
Posted by Vicki Marks on August 26, 2020
I know my sister is in the arms of God.  It’s been unbelievably sad to say goodbye. I choose to remember her as the generous, creative, fun, loving person she was. Together with my other sister, we made some very special memories.  We liked to eat, play dominoes, shop, eat, watch comedies, eat, reminisce, put together puzzles, engage in shenanigans, go to concerts, drive to the ocean, and eat some more.  We shared a love of nature, especially bunnies, squirrels, birds, and kitties. Sitting on her patio after dark, listening to the critters running through the Laurel hedges was especially fun. She was always there for me as only a sister can be, to listen and give sage advice. She made my life richer and brighter just by being herself.

I lean on God’s promise that we will be united with Him, and each other, forever. 

I love you Bonnie. I am so blessed to have had you for a sister. 
Posted by Richard Busch on August 25, 2020
Our sincere condolences on your loss. Many happy memories of years gone by and crossing paths from time to time with Bonnie and you in Oregon. And your days in Walla Walla. She will be missed by all.
Posted by Peggy Paulson on August 25, 2020
I never was fortunate to meet Bonnie...I married into the family late. I have heard good things about Charles and Bonnie, and want Charles to know we are thinking of him and the family.
Posted by Dwight Foster on August 23, 2020
It’s obvious from knowing Chuck and Bonnie for so many years that Bonnie was the Ying to Chucks Yang. It’s impossible to imagine one without the other- but now we must. Bonnie was a wonderful person and one of my favorite band groupies. Bonnie always wanted to know when my bands next concert would be, and she and Chuck were always there.
She is now in a place where the quality of music is better, and continuous.
She will be missed by us all.
Posted by Sharon Roberts on August 18, 2020
I am missing Bonnie every day.

She has been my very good friend for over 25 years. Phil and I have shared a large part of our lives with Chuck and Bonnie. They have watched my children grow up and been a part of “our family “. Many, many wonderful meals have been shared together over the years. We were our own party of 4 at my kitchen table. I will greatly miss Bonnie’s wit and her big appetite! She could eat for one so little!
But mostly I will just miss being with Bonnie every weekend, talking about my kids, my sisters, Max, and “her boys” or “her sisters”. 

In my heart forever. Miss you Bonnie.
Sharon, Phil, Annie, Dylan, and Mad Max
Posted by Tricia Wickizer on August 17, 2020
I still can’t believe Bonnie’s not with us anymore. Bonnie and Chuck welcomed me into their family 35 years ago. I always enjoyed visiting with them when we lived in Eugene and staying with them every weekend when we moved to Portland those first few years, until they moved to Tualatin. I really enjoyed going out to dinner and watching Ducks games together with Jay and Chuck, too. I will miss our occasional lunch, movie, and pool dates! And I will miss your laugh and smiling face! Rest In Peace, Bonnie. Life won’t be the same without you. You will always be loved and missed, and we will cherish our memories of you forever! ❤️
Posted by Irene Howard on August 17, 2020
I wanted to know Bonnie Wickizer better! Just met her at Cassie’s baby shower a little over a year ago! She was upbeat and still loving life!
I felt devastated when I learned of her passing! I sat up all nite praying for her family, especially Chuck!
We live in Rainier, Washington but was wishing we lived closer since my husband, David, and I are close to same age!
Please know you are all in our prayers and thoughts! She was a beautiful
Woman in every way❤️
David and Irene Howard
Posted by Martin Nakayama on August 17, 2020
When I heard the news of Bonnie's passing I was so saddened for us all to lose such a sweet soul. She was a wife, mother, sister, and my friend. She authentic, genuine, and always wanting the best for you. 

When I was in the Eugene area I fondly remember joining Bonnie and Chuck for Friday night dinners since Chuck wanted me to stay over to golf with his Saturday morning group. I'd ask Bonnie what she was going to do. Well if the weather was nice I'd know she was going to the pool with a good book and soak up the sun. During conversations I'd love to hear Bonnie laugh. Oh her laugh, I can hear that chuckle now and smile. 

After they moved to Portland we kept in contact and would get together when I was in Portland. I've always cherished our friendship and so glad I have lasting memories our beloved Bonnie.

My condolences to the Wickizer family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. You are not walking alone, you have all of your friends right beside you.

All my love,
Marty Nakayama
Posted by Chuck Wickizer on August 16, 2020
I'm heartbroken. I love Bonnie very muck. We were married for 62 years And Bonnie was a fantastic wife and mother. I miss Bonnie very much and the pain is unbearable. 
Posted by John Wilson on August 15, 2020
Well Chuck here we are, wishing that Bonnie was still with us. Now we are tasked with bolstering you up as only family and friends can. Old Cliche’s aren’t good enough or appropriate enough for our Bonnie, so Sandi and I want you to know that we simply loved and respected you both for many, many years, I think it’s been at least 50 years. We found our career path in life because of you & Bonnies friendship, we owe you a lot. Our days together in Walla Walla then with the Bon Marche, then the Broadway stores in Oregon and Washington which all prepared me for my wonderful final career with the family owned Bartell Drugstores in Seattle. At times we didn’t see each other much but never lost touch or never were you both out of our minds. The four of us shared a terrific trip to Hawaii for you & Bonnies 50th Anniversary despite the fact that we nearly sunk when our twilight dInner cruise boat wound up in high seas and big waves from a horrendous storm. We will always think of what a great trip that was with you both, should have done it again. All our memories of you & sweetheart Bonnie will forever put a smile on our faces.
We Love you Both so very much.
John and Sandi Wilson
Posted by Jay Wickizer on August 14, 2020


As I remember my mother, she was the first love of my life! As a child, seeing that pretty little face with a smile on it, she was the prettiest mother in the world, for sure! Coming home from school, I would regularly bring her flowers and give her Valentines on Valentine’s Day ands all my school projects were made for her. Looking back, our parents did a wonderful job of protecting and nurturing our innocence and curiosity as a children all the while letting Richard and I know that we were dearly loved.

Growing up, we leaned on mom’s inescapable knowledge and wisdom from all the books she has read. She would help us with homework and always seemed ready and waiting in her chair at night for the opportunity to listen to our adventures and to offer sound advice, if needed. You would definitely want to pick the bookworm (Bonnie) in a game of Trivial Pursuit or any other game of knowledge or trivia. You were certainly going to win with her as an unfair advantage on your team! As an adult, mom and I shared an interest in birds and a love for cats. We are indeed cat people, and we both learned to speak fluent Catonese.

I can say this about my mother and father: they were truly the best parents in the world for Richard and I. We were given a strong foundation of a mother and father that have an unbreakable love for each other, and in turn, loved us the same. We were taught basic values about how to love and treat each other and how to treat our fellow man, but at the same time, we were encouraged (with a long leash) to have our own interests, hobbies and beliefs. Our parents are the perfect model, protector, and provider for us. And, as my parents like to say, “We have raised the two best son’s in the world.” I would have to agree! Your little family turned our rather well! Thank you, mother, and thank you, father, for raising Richard and I to be the men and sons we are today! 

As I say goodbye today, and as you enter the sweet embrace of your parents and loved ones that preceded you, I look forward to seeing your pretty little face once again at my heavenly homecoming! After our sweet embrace, you can show me around some…we’ll have all eternity for that!
Posted by Margaret Wickizer on August 14, 2020
Bonnie was such a lovely person. She always had a smile and a great laugh.
When we were able to visit she was always welcoming to us. I will always remember the time she and Charles spent with us in Mexico. We had such a good time with all the brothers and wives together. It has been a tough year so far with so many losses in the family but we are strong and Charles has his two sons and friends to lean on. God bless
Posted by Richard Wickizer on August 13, 2020
Words are not adequate to express the feelings I have for my mother. My love for her and the special place she holds in my heart will never pass. 

Mom was the perfect mother for me. When I needed her, she was there for me. As an infant, mom essentially saved my life, when I was burned severely. As a confused teen, mom would stay up and we would just talk. As an adult, mom bit her tongue as I made choices she knew would cause me pain. And that was one of the greatest gifts mom (and dad) gave to me and my brother; independence. We were blessed to be "free-range" and allowed to experience life with only minor tugs from the parental rein. As a result, my brother and I became very independent and very resourceful.

Mom was barely over 100 lbs. and just shy of 5 feet tall, yet she was fierce (in a good way). I remember as a pre-adolescent teen, I would challenge mom to arm wrestle, and she would crush me (and my ego) every time. Mom had a big heart, but she was not all that expressive of her deeper feelings that I can recall. One thing I was certain of; mom loved dad and had the deepest devotion toward him. I also knew she loved Jay and I.

As a parent myself, I now understand the joy, the grief, the pride and heartache that comes from being a parent. Mom was not perfect... none of us are, but she's my hero for being a good wife to my dad, and being a good mother to Jay and I in the face of our adolescent antics into our later in life adulthood stumbles.

Mom, I love you. My heart will always carry our loving memories.

Richard



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Posted by Richard Wickizer on March 22, 2021
(Shared in an email to some of mom's family & friends on her birthday) The first day of Spring has been, and will always be a time when my mind and heart are filled with memories of my mother. I miss her.

My solace is found in knowing that as in Spring, when things are renewed; mom in her passing has been renewed to a place of profound love.

Happy birthday mom. I love you!
Posted by Jay Wickizer on March 21, 2021
Happy birthday, mom! I hope you’re having fun untethered to this world! We miss you very much! Say hello to everyone for us! See you soon. Love you, Jay.
Posted by Candy Jones on March 21, 2021
Happy Birthday Anastasia. I love you.
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Bonnie's Obituary

BONNIE JEAN WICKIZER, age 79 passed away on Monday, August 10th, to enter her place of eternal peace and limitless Love. Bonnie was born in Davenport Iowa. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and married her high school sweetheart, Charles Wickizer in 1959.  They were married and devoted to each other for over 60 years.

Besides helping to raise her two sons, Bonnie and Charles opened a retail clothing business (Impressions) in Eugene, OR. Bonnie also worked at Latham’s Luggage and for Hallmark Cards. 

Bonnie loved working on puzzles, reading novels, and eating ice cream. She also loved to travel to warm climates and hang with her “poolies” at the swimming pool, but her greatest pleasure was visiting her and Chuck’s good friends, Sharon and Phil Roberts, for frequent dinners and to watch Ducks football and basketball games. 

She leaves behind her husband Charles, two sons; Richard Wickizer (wife-Brenda) and Jonathan Wickizer (wife-Tricia), two sisters; Vicki Phares-Marks and Candy Phares-Jones, seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

In lieu of a formal memorial, please go to RememberingBonnie.com to read and share fond memories of Bonnie’s life.

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Bonnie

Shared by Candy Jones on August 14, 2020
Every year we got together for what we called “ Sisty Week.” We ate, we shopped, we explored a mansion, we ate, we swam, we ate, played dominos like wild women, went to chick flicks and ate. Most importantly, we were together and loved each other. It was cherished time for us all. I love and miss you Bonnie. You were an amazing big sister..