In Loving Memory of Bonnie L. Kohler

October 23, 1943
Stuttgart, AR
January 20, 2019
Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Thursday 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

January 24, 2019


First Church Congregational

Funeral Service

148 Beach Road,
CT 06824

Friday, January 25, 2019 11:00 a.m.


Family Gathering


Wildlife in Crisis, Inc.

P.O. Box 1246,
CT 06883 (

Bonnie L. Kohler

Bonnie Lou Kohler, age 75, of Black Rock, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Sunday, January 20, 2019, with her loving daughter Stacey by her side. She will be dearly missed by her beloved daughter, Stacey Curran and her beloved granddaughter, Ella Curran of Black Rock. Bonnie is also survived by her mother, Shirley Beyer Irwin of Trumbull, her sister, Wendy Sawyer of Black Rock; and several loving nieces and nephews; stepchildren Sean O’Connor and wife Deborah & daughter Kaitlin, Ellen Cramer and husband David and children Max, Milo and Phoebe, and Laura O’Connor and children Sam and Lily. In addition to her father, Bonnie was predeceased by her son, John Patrick Curran, and her long-time partner, Thomas O’Connor. Bonnie was born on October 23, 1943 in Stuttgart, Arkansas, at the Stuttgart Army Airfield where her father Elmer Kohler was training to be an aviator. Elmer became a B-24 bomber co-pilot and flew many missions before being killed in action over Munich, Germany in 1944. When Elmer was deployed overseas, Bonnie and her mother returned home to the small village of Castorland in upstate New York, where she spent her childhood. In 1961, Bonnie ventured from upstate to New York City and attended Grace Downs Air Career School. After completing a secretarial course, she worked for Pan Am Airlines, and later in life also worked for Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways. She prided herself on her work ethic and was also a real estate agent, an administrative assistant, and office manager throughout the years. Bonnie was an avid bridge player for many years and achieved the rank of Life Master. Bonnie had a wide circle of friends whom she cherished, and was a fierce jeopardy fan. She loved animals of all kinds, both domestic and wild, and gladly fed any that were lucky enough to wander into her back yard. Above all, Bonnie was a devoted grandmother. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield. Interment will be private. Friends may call Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a donation in Bonnie’s memory to Wildlife in Crisis, Inc., P.O. Box 1246, Weston, CT 06883 For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I wish I had known Bonnie better. Glad Jodi and I got to see her when we were there. Sending love and prayers. Love Elaine and family

  2. Bonnie left this world a better place than when she entered it. May she rest in peace knowing how many lives she touched and how many will miss her dearly.

  3. Dear Stacey , Ella, Shirley and Wendy
    Words don’t seem adequate enough to express our deepest condolences about Bonnie’s passing.
    May the love that surrounds you and your family comfort you during this difficult time! We have all lost a very dear friend, she will be missed by all.

  4. Dear Stacey, my love for Bonnie came from my love to you. I have met her twice when I came to visit you and her pleasant nature and hospitality touched me deeply. I am very sorry for your loss. May her soul Rest In Peace ❤️

  5. My prayers are with you Stacey, your Mom was a beautiful and loving person. I’m so sorry we can’t be with you. Be strong, she will be watching over you forever.
    Helena Leiter

  6. Dear Stacey and Ella,
    You have my deepest sympathy with the loss of your Mom and Grandma. My prayer is that her love will carry you forward and give you some protection forever.
    ❤️ Patti