Glenn Bonkosky, 70, of Harbor Springs died on August 3, 2014 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital. He faced each day of a two-year struggle with cancer with quiet dignity and without complaint. He knew no other way.
Glenn was raised in Melvindale, MI. He was an excellent student and earned varsity letters in three sports at Melvindale High School. He went on to play basketball at Alpena Community College and then completed his degree at the University of Michigan. He began his career in education at Allen Park (MI) High School.
In 1968 Glenn married Bernie Oleksiak, his high school sweetheart. Two years later they moved to Harbor Springs to start a family. He taught math at Harbor Springs Middle School and was the 7 and 8 grade boys and girls basketball coach for 17 seasons. Glenn was an active member of Holy Childhood of Jesus Church. His home became a much-loved gathering place for family and close friends.
After 36 years of teaching Glenn retired in 2002 to pursue his interests full time. He was a skilled fisherman, stamp collector, avid reader and frequent traveler.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Dorothy (Miller) Bonkosky. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Bernadine, children Andrew (Delinda) Bonkosky and Tracy (Gerald) Kneeshaw, granddaughter Madelyn Kneeshaw, brother Gary (Karen) Bonkosky, nephews Ryan and David Bonkosky and nieces Nicole Martin and Lindsay O'Mara.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 11:00 AM at Holy Childhood of Jesus Church in Harbor Springs. Public visitation will begin at 9:00 AM at the church.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Society of St. Vincent DePaul c/o Holy Childhood of Jesus Church, 150 W. Main St., Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
Online condolences may be made at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.