1940 – 2021
Born 2/11/1940 in Johnstown, PA to Leo & Mary Bonchin. She died 12/16/2021 in Oklahoma City. Preceded in death by her parents / brother Jim Bonchin and sister-in-law Donna Bonchin.
After graduation from Conemaugh Township High School in Davidsville, PA she started her working career as a legal secretary in Johnstown, PA before moving to Oklahoma City where she entered employment with state government. She served as executive secretary to the director of the Department of Economic and Community Affairs. In 1996 she retired from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce as Human Resources manager. During her state service she achieved her goal of becoming a certified human resources professional. In her career she was honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Mistletoe Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Starting as a volunteer she was later on the executive board of Westerners International and also served as treasurer for the organization. Mary and her husband are long-time members of the WI Chisholm Trail Corral.
She enjoyed travel with family and friends, especially with her husband who worked as a photographer. Survived by her husband, Fred W. of Oklahoma City, step-son Fred F. and wife Deby Marvel along with grandsons, Fred M. and Cameron of Santa Rosa, CA. Also surviving are her nephew, Jim Bonchin of Columbiana, OH and niece Sandy Bonchin and her husband Carl Gilbert of Santa Fe, NM. Mourning her loss are step-brother-in-law David Miller and wife Rocio of Houston, TX, step-sister-in-law Paula Chambers and her daughter, Tria Skirko of Omak, WA.
Services will be at 2pm, December 23 at Oklahoma City Cremation Chapel, 807 W. Wilshire Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to the Free to Live Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 5884, Edmond, OK 73083-5884.