Bonita J. Callahan, 100

Bonita J. Callahan, 100, of North Manchester, died at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. 

She was born July 14, 1919 in Chester Township to Harvey M. and Pearl (Rupley) Michael.

Bonita was a 1937 graduate of Chester High School, and a 1941 graduate of the Fort Wayne Lutheran School of Nursing.

She married Charles W. Callahan in North Manchester on Oct. 19, 1946; he died April 26, 2007.
She was a registered nurse around the area several years and also worked 20 years at Lutheran Hospital.

Bonita attended the Congregational Christian Church, was a member of the DAR, served as the head volunteer at Peabody Retirement Community, and also volunteered at the North Manchester Thrift Store.

She enjoyed reading, crafts, crocheting, cross stitching, quilting, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.   

She is survived by three children, Michael (Pam) Callahan of North Manchester, Bonnie Badskey of Goshen, and Betsy (Dr. Michael D.) Warner of Granger; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Berdene Azbell of Rochester, and Dorothy Callahan of Winamac. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Theron Michael and Richard Michael; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, with Pastor Sebrina Cline officiating. Friends may call 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, at the church.

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peabody Caring Circle or Congregational Christian Church Building Fund.

The memorial guest book for Bonita may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Dec 27