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Mary M. Bonesteel
  • September 02, 1940
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  • August 18, 2010

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Mary M. Bonesteel, 69, of Maitland died Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at her home with her family by her side.  Mary was born September 2, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the daughter of George and Elsie Measel. She graduated from the University of Michigan and was a Dental Hygienist for Robert Pellarin, DDS for over 30 years.  Mary married the love of her life Don Bonesteel on July 24, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, and they moved to Central Florida in November of 1979 to raise their family.  Mary and Don recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.  Mary was known for her lovely orchids that beautifully symbolize her beauty and resiliency. She tended to them as she did her family with love and care. Mary was always health conscious and athletic - a championship swimmer in her youth, and an avid tennis player with friends throughout her life.  Mary’s reputation as a hygienist was well known by all. Her many patients became her friends. She had a lot of patients, all who will miss her dearly. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Don; two devoted children, Robert and daughter-in-law, Kim Bonesteel of Sanford, FL and Caroline and son-in-law, Mark Williams of Houston, TX; three cherished grandchildren, Timothy, Ryan and Madelyn and siblings, Margaret Kirchner and George W. Measel.  A memorial fund in Mary’s honor has been established with Ascension Lutheran Church in Casselberry, Florida.  Please contact the church office at (407) 831- 7788 for details. 6:00 PM at Ascension Lutheran Church 351 Ascension Drive Casselberry, FL 32707 on August 22, 2010 (map/driving directions) 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Ascension Lutheran Church 351 Ascension Drive Casselberry, FL 32707 on August 22, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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  1. 26 Aug 2010
    Jeff B. says:
    Don, We are thinking of you. We cannot find the words to express the thoughts our hearts would like to say. But may you know that we care and may you always be blessed with your special memories of Mary and know that she is at rest in that beautiful heavenly garden of life. We are here for you.
    Jeff, Richard and Momma Mary

  2. 23 Aug 2010
    Bernie Dempsey says:
    Cynthia and all of my children and I were very saddened by the death of Mary. We have known her going back to when she first began with Bob Pellerin and we were one of Bob's earliest patients after he got out of the Navy. Mary was the perfect "hostess" and it was always a pleasure to be with her, if only for one or two hours a year. But with my six children and my wife, Cynthia, we all had the same strong affection for Mary. She and I engaged in numerous conversations about her family and mine. While I certainly don't know Don, I want him to know that she lit up when she spoke of him. Of course, Caroline was her immense pride, as was Robert. She absolutely hated not having her grandchildren with her whenever she could have them but she knew that her daughter and son-in-law were happy living in Texas.

    She was deservedly proud of being a graduate of the University of Michigan. And then we would exchange fun stories about her time while living in Chicago, since both of us have spent time living there.

    I don't have any doubt that Jesus has welcomed her warmly to Eternal Life. She lived her religion without any fanfare, but you knew that she was a good person. I just hope that they have decent workout facilities for Mary in heaven.

    We have you and Mary in our prayers and we know that she will be your salvation also.

    Love Cynthia and Bernie Dempsey

  3. 22 Aug 2010
    Dionne Vazquez says:
    Mary was a great inspiration for me when I worked with her 7 years ago. She was an amazing woman with such a sweet, sweet spirit. I know that her laughter and warmth will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers go out to you your family and friends Mary. Thanks so much for your encouragment and love. Dionne

  4. 22 Aug 2010
    Mike Caulfield says:
    I feel extremely fortunate to have been one of Mary's patients. She did wonderful work and was a great professional and caretaker. Always too, she had great things to say about her family and was very proud of them. I will miss her. Thank you Mary.

  5. 22 Aug 2010
    Michael Bittman says:
    Dear Bonesteel Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I had the good fortune of being a patient of Mary's for @ 25 years. Mary always spoke very lovingly of you and, of course, the Wolverines during football season. Mary made my visits fun and educational. We share many of the same values of faith, family, and country. She will be remembered and missed.
    Best regards,
    Mike Bittman

  6. 22 Aug 2010
    Dan and Gwen kucik says:
    Gwen and I had the pleasure of knowing Mary and having her for our dental hygienist for over 15 years. It was such a pleasure seeing Mary each time we visited Dr. Pellarin's Office. Mary was such a ray of sunshine and she will be truly missed.

  7. 22 Aug 2010
    Alan D. Brotz says:
    Don, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You know that Mary rests in the arms of Jesus and I pray that you and your sons and daughters will find His peace in knowing that. You are in my prayers my brother. Alan

  8. 22 Aug 2010
    Dave & Mary Ann Clapp says:
    Mary was our best dental hygienist ever. Visiting the dentist (in our minds) is never something to look forward to, but Mary made our visits joyful and pleasant. She greeted us with her lovely smile. She was such a hard worker and so dedicated to her work. She always chatted us up with cheery news on so many topics. We were so saddened by her suffering and her long fight with illness. We kept her in our daily prayers. We now pray for the family.

  9. 22 Aug 2010
    Liz Rizzo says:
    Mary was my dental hygienist for many years, and I always thought of her as such a warm and classy lady. I was so sorry to hear about her illness, and she has been in my thoughts and prayers over the last few years. I know she will always be in your hearts, as you were in hers.

  10. 21 Aug 2010
    Tom Estes says:
    Mary was always a delight ! When thinking of Mary, class came to mind. Although circumstances precluded much contact in recent years, she was missed nonetheless...
    Tom Estes


  11. 21 Aug 2010
    Pat Bentley says:
    I have known sweet Mary for over 30 years. She took care of me after she began working for Dr. Pellarin, and later my husband, until we moved out of the area 4 years ago. We always had fun laughing and talking, and she made a not always pleasant chore very tolerable. My sympathy in the loss of this sweet lady.

  12. 21 Aug 2010
    Mike Carson says:
    Loving, Kindness, Laughing, Smiling. Things to remember you by, always. We'll miss you.

  13. 20 Aug 2010
    Amy Bonesteel Smith says:
    I treasure the memories of Aunt Mary and will always recall her warm, rich voice and her wonderful smile. She was such a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and took care of others with grace and genuine warmth. Our entire family mourns with you all and we continue to pray and offer our love and support, should you need us.

  14. 20 Aug 2010
    Cecilia Villalobos says:
    My hearth and prayers go out to the family. Remember the family has now a Angel in heaven praying and watching them.

  15. 20 Aug 2010
    Marge Desmarais says:
    Our thought and prayers are with you and your family


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