2015-12-24 / Obituaries

Katherine “Kay” Frances Bodnar

Katherine “Kay” Frances Bodnar of Mariposa, beloved wife, sister and aunt, passed away on Oct. 19, 2015.

She died suddenly of a heart attack.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elmer Bodnar, who passed away June 8, 2015, after 54 years of marriage.

Kay was born August 1, 1935, in

Ashley, Penn. She spent her childhood in Pennsylvania and eventually moved to New Jersey. Kay lived in New Jersey for a number of years where she worked as a secretary. It was during this time that she made Elmer’s acquaintance.

After Kay later moved to Southern California, she became reacquainted with Elmer, who had also moved to Southern California. They married in San Fernando Valley and moved to San Jose, where they lived for many years.

After Elmer’s retirement from Lockheed, the couple moved to Mariposa in 1990, where they built their dream home and spent the rest of their happy days.

Kay was a talented artist and painted many beautiful landscapes in oil and involved herself in many crafts. She was an excellent gourmet cook and delighted in entertaining friends and family.

Kay was a beautiful, kind and creative soul who was dearly loved and survived by her sister, Marion Glennon; nieces and nephews, Linda Silvestri, Susan Wurtz, Patricia Wade, Joni Hoerer, Tony Hogrebe, John Hogrebe, Michael Ginger, Richard Gingo, Glennon Gingo and Karanne Lackey.

An Elegy For My Sister
By Marion Glennon

She was the youngest of us
Together we numbered four
She had a smile for everyone
Her endearing ways I remember
In fact, I will never forget
The times gone by and the times we had
We never will see again
Her body is gone but her spirit lives on
To keep us in good cheer
I’ll never forget what joy she brought
To those of us who knew her
All the time she was here.

No funeral was held, as both Kay and Elmer very thoughtfully donated to the University of California, San Francisco’s Willed Body Program. A memorial date is to be determined.

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