In Memory

Theresa Bonner (Healey) - Class Of 1973

Theresa Bonner (Healey)

Theresa Bonner Healey
1955 - 2020

 

Ms. Theresa D. Healey, age 64, passed away peacefully in her home on March 12, 2020.

Ms. Healey was born 23 July 1955 at Yokohama Air Base, Japan where her father the late Harold E. Bonner was assigned. Theresa graduated from Johnson High School in Tokyo, Japan. After High School, she attended the University of Texas, Austin. She earned her degree in Business Administration/Marketing in 1978. Upon graduation, she joined PanAm Airlines in 1979 and began a long career as a flight attendant. When PanAm folded, Theresa started working for United Airlines. During her 36 year career, she was based out of Honolulu, Hawaii and Dulles International in Virginia. Theresa earned numerous commendations from United Airlines and retired in September 2015. She liked to keep busy so after retirement she joined the Wine Department at our local Wegmans Food Market.

Theresa is survived by her mother, Yasuko Bonner of Penryn, California, her brother, Harold Bonner, her sister-in-law Ursula Rosin, her nieces, Leandra and Madeline Bonner and her nephew, Benjamin Bonner of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Her father, Harold Bonner, Sr. predeceased her in 2012.

Theresa loved her family and friends. She was a devoted and caring person to all of them. Almost thirty years ago she helped establish a Bunko group. Every second Thursday of the month she looked forward to spending time with her Bunko Buddies. Her love for Country Music led to her to become a supporting member of Wolftrap Park for the Performing Arts. She attended many concerts there each summer.

Flowers or charitable contributions are welcome. Charitable gifts should be made payable to Moose Charities at the above Beulah Street address.
 

 

 

It is with very heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of my beloved sister-in-law Theresa Bonner Healey on Tuesday, March 10th. It is a complete shock to the family, as she was just fully recovering from a health issue but was now considered in the clear, and she was, as were we all, ecstatic. Apparently, however, her heart had been compromised. She was just 64.

She was a beloved daughter, sister and aunt. The family had just taken an epic 3 week vacation to Japan, taking in the incredible sights of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima together. I am now so grateful that we have those memories to cherish for always.

She was raised in a tight knit family of four, her father a member of the Air Force, and her mother, a young Japanese war bride. As a military family, they always moved around a lot, but together they forged a solid unit and strong family bond. Both Theresa and her older brother received the dedicated care of a genteel yet stern Southern father and the stoic but kindhearted and unwaveringly devoted Japanese mother. Both children thrived in this unique and nurturing environment.

Theresa was truly a beauty. At Johnson High School, a DOD school in Japan, she became a cheerleader and homecoming queen, cheering on her brother who was part of the football team. Following high school, both she and her brother attended and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin. They remained loyal UT fans who continued to follow UT sports and could often be heard hollering “Hook ‘em horns!”

Following college Theresa began her career as a flight attendant from which she only recently retired. Her career provided her with many wonderful adventures, a good deal of traveling and many wonderful and devoted friends with whom she stayed closely connected.

When her brother became a teacher in Los Angeles and shortly thereafter met me at the high school where we both taught, she was happy that her brother had also landed a career that brought him security and happiness - as well as a wife, and we all joyously celebrated her brother and my marriage in September of 88.

Our marriage then led to the addition of two nieces and a nephew by means of international adoption, who subsequently adored their Aunt Theresa and upon whom she doted.

Theresa herself had forged several significant relationships, including two marriages and one significant partnership through which she acquired special familial ties and found love and laughter as well as loss. We have all experienced both the power and pain in jumping in with our whole heart and risking heartache but continually betting on the promisingly fulfilling prospects of love and joy.

Theresa was a strong-willed and highly determined woman. From her mother she had developed a strong sense of duty and responsibility and had limited tolerance for those who did not share this sense of life’s obligations. Although she was prone to frustration quickly as a result, she also had a great sense of humor, a good heart, and a strong loyalty to those upon whom she knew she could rely and trust. You were meant to work hard in life, but you were also then meant to play hard - including with a slot machine or dice or a deck of cards or a board game or a puzzle - and a nice bottle of wine.

I was hoping to share more of those glasses of wine with her with the prospect of her moving here to the Pacific Northwest, along with her mother, but it was not meant to be, as we come to learn is often the case in life. Que sera sera.

Dear Theresa - Your mother is heartbroken. Your brother is heartbroken. Your nieces and nephew are heartbroken, and I am heartbroken, as are the many friends and extended family members to whom you were lovingly attached.

You left us much too soon. We will always love you and think of you and hold you in our hearts, where you will always stay with us, cherished and protected.

Submitted by Ursula Rosin

 

The Johnson High alumni will miss Theresa very much.