BONNIE S. (GEISLER) MOHLER


Bonnie Sue (Geisler) Mohler, 81, of Venice, FL, died unexpectedly on Jan. 3, 2022.

Bonnie was born in Coloma on July 1, 1940, to the late Elwood and Marion Geisler. She was raised in Watervliet where she attended school, graduating from Watervliet High School in 1958. Bonnie was an excellent student, and participated in various school musical activities, including the Melody Maids singing group.

After graduating from WHS, Bonnie married Lew Mohler, embarking on a partnership that lasted nearly 62 years, until Lew’s death in 2020. During their marriage, they raised two children and moved several times to different areas of the U.S., eventually retiring in Maine and then Florida.

As Lew was building a career that entailed frequent traveling and relocating, Bonnie, while raising their children and managing the household, also built a career. She was a dental assistant, supporting several different dental practices in Chicago and then New England. As a testament to her strength of character, her abilities, and her caring, outgoing personality, Bonnie preserved lifelong ties with friends and colleagues that she met along the way. She also maintained close and loving relationships with her siblings and their families, though she did not live nearby. Bonnie never forgot where she came from, and although she left Watervliet when she was young, she had her hometown Watervliet newspaper delivered to her throughout her lifetime, regardless of where she lived.

Bonnie possessed a warm, giving and humble spirit. She was a consistently thoughtful and generous person, always doing things that made people feel special, happy and cared for. She had an unwavering commitment to those she loved. When faced with challenges, Bonnie met them bravely, in a forthright and dignified manner.

Bonnie found contentment in simple pleasures like reading and crossword puzzles, walking and chatting with her friends, and indulging her sweet tooth. She had a lifelong love of reading, and always looked forward to tackling the next book on her reading list.

Bonnie will be greatly missed. She loved her family and her many friends, and they loved her.