Theodore James Bonk, 69


Memorial Masses will be held in Maryland and Virginia.Theodore James Bonk, age 69, of Lexington Park, MD died at home on April 9, 2013. The cause was bladder cancer.

Born July 19, 1943 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jim had lived in Tampa, FL; Georgetown, DC; Silver Spring, MD; Spotsylvania, VA; and Lexington Park, MD. Over the years he served as a brother at the Franciscan Monastery, worked as a plumbers apprentice, sold pianos and church organs, drove a variety of trucks, and until recently acted as a notary public serving various refinancing and title companies. During his life, Jim was a member of the Byzantine Catholic Church, National Rifle Association, Amateur Radio Relay League (N3GCL), Lexington Park Rescue Squad; the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Sailing Club; was a supporter of Right to Life and had a fondness for the U.S. Coast Guard. He enjoyed collecting pens, lighters, watches and pipes that drew his fancy. A man of deep faith and good humor, he enjoyed a good joke and had a charitable nature. He especially loved to zip around town in his yellow Mini Cooper while enjoying a cigar and catching up with other radio enthusiasts.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam-Ellen, and daughters Christianna Marie and Mary Ellen of Lexington Park; his sisters Brenda Bonk of Front Royal, VA; Joan Heidersdorf of Juneau, AK; Anne Foley of Collingswood, NJ; and Goddaughter Lea-Michelle Jane Thatcher. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Theodore Herman and Alice Genevieve Bonk.

Memorial Masses will be held on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 am at St Gregory's Byzantine Church in Beltsville, MD, May 5, 2013 at 9:15 am at Patronage of the Mother of God Byzantine Church, Baltimore, MD, May 12, 2013 at 9:00 am at Holy Face Church in Callaway, MD, and June 15, 2013 at 10:00 am at Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Church in Annandale VA. Internment location is yet to be determined.

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Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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