Bonnie Marie Ziel

Published on Sunday, 9 January 2022 19:23


Bonnie Marie Ziel, 57, of New Britain, CT was called to heaven peacefully, with her daughter and sister by her side Sunday, January 2, 2022. Bonnie or 'Thomasina the cat ' as she was lovingly called, because she had 9 lives, always a fighter she lost her courageous battle with Wernicke's Encephalopathy. Proud, lifelong resident of "Hard Hittin" New Britain and graduate of NBHS class of "83". Bonnie, proudly worked at many different places, Farmington Marriott Hotel, Southington Drive-In and her all-time favorite, Arthur Treachers Restaurant. Everywhere she went she brought enthusiasm, laughter, and a spit-fire can-do attitude. Bonnie was proud of her afghans, artwork and her collection of Coca- Cola items. She happily showed her handiwork yearly in the Berlin Fair and proudly collected her blue ribbons. Her trips to the beach for fishing and shells, always included a trip to Lenny & Joe's, which will always be a treasured memory. Bonnie will most be remembered for her deep, genuine love of all animals. Since she was a small child, she would bring home any and animals that "needed some extra love" as she put it. Bonnie loved her music and blaring it, she often would start dancing if she heard a good song, and she didn't care where she was. Bonnie will be dearly missed and remembered sitting with a Newport cigarette, a Coke and a smile.

Bonnie is survived by her son, Daniel O'Keefe IV, her daughter Sandra Navarro and Julio Figueroa and, their children, the loves of her life and the reason for her smiles Julissa and Julio Jr. Also surviving her sister, Dena (Ziel) Colter and husband, Randy. Her nephews, John Colter and his son Jacob, Adam Colter, Angela (Hunt) Colter and niece Alicia her aunts, Claudia Berarducci, Lorraine Derosier and Diane Brenner, as well as her beloved cousins and friends from the Nancy Road crew. Bonnie was predeceased by her beloved parents, Richard & Sandra (Sani) Ziel, her two brothers, Jerry & Richard Ziel.

A Celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm from the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Ave., New Britain, CT. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To extend condolences to the Ziel family or to share a memory of Bonnie, please visit SHAKERFUNERALHOME.COM.

Posted in New Britain Herald, on Sunday, 9 January 2022 19:23. Updated: Sunday, 9 January 2022 19:26.