Bonnie Gifford Koolman

Bonnie Gifford Koolman

Friday, August 27th, 1937 - Wednesday, May 13th, 2020
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Bonnie Gifford Koolman, 82, went home to be with her Lord May 13, 2020. She was born in Van Wert County, Ohio on August 27, 1937 to the late Basil and Lola Drake Gephart. She was predeceased by second husband, Arthur Gifford, her twin brother, Ronnie Gephart and sisters, Ruth Walters, Patricia Gaunt and Eileen Jones. Bonnie retired with the Unemployment Division of the State of Ohio. She was a faithful member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, the Esther Sunday School Class and the Joyful Sound Senior Choir. Bonnie was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Gideons International.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, John W. Koolman; daughters, Vonda Sweeney (Michael) and Valerie Wood (Christopher); grandchildren, Lauren Smith (Kyle), Caleb Wood, Michael Sweeney, II and Amelia-Faith Wood; step-children, Cynthia Bryant (Bud) and Brent Gifford (Kim), Anneke Winslow (Michael), Jack Koolman (Sherry) and Derek Koolman (Lisa) and 15 step-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Audrey Manley, sister-in-law, Ramona Gephart, brother-in-law, Tom Gaunt and many nieces and nephews. From a rural Midwestern farm, she traveled to all 50 states and many countries. She enjoyed walking, biking and boating. She loved basketball, the Hoosiers, Buckeyes but especially, UVA! Bonnie was loved by many and “bloomed where she was planted.” Her greatest legacy is her strong faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and she shared the Gospel with many. A large void fills our hearts but we will see her again! Philippians 1:21 and 3:20.
A service to celebrate her life will be held Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2 p.m., viewing at 1 p.m., at Deep Creek Baptist Church, Chesapeake with Pastor Larry Ryals officiating. The service will also be live streamed at She will be laid to rest at Hitler Ludwig Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio. Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake will be caring for arrangements. Please visit to leave a condolence to the family. Memorial donations may be sent to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 1102, Chesapeake, Virginia 23327.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Deep Creek Baptist Church
    250 Mill Creek Parkway
    Chesapeake, VA 23323
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, May 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, May 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Deep Creek Baptist Church
    250 Mill Creek Parkway
    Chesapeake, VA 23323
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Larry Ryals
  • Interment

    Hitler Ludwig Cemetery
    1819 Hitler Rd 1
    Circleville, Ohio 43113
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Posted at 09:10am
I was so blessed to have time to share with Aunt Bonnie and John at the last family reunion as we giggled over dominoes and especially her giggling in our car rides. What a delight. What was most special is how we talked about the Lord. Bonnie and John were faithful prayer warriors they were praying for my Dad Jack every day they even shared that they asked him about his salvation and his reply was positive. I am so sorry that Aunt Bonnie's life was cut short she was so full of life. I know you have comfort knowing she is praising the Lord in Heaven. God Bless Cousin Lisa Jones

K. Coggins

Posted at 12:21pm
Mr. Koolman and family,
I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. While working at the church, I had the pleasure of interacting with Ms. Bonnie at various events. I always enjoyed seeing them come in and leave, hand-in-hand. She was always on the go and willingly shared recipes and decorating tips. At home, it made my heart smile to see them riding bikes together through the neighborhood. I'm sure she will be missed here on Earth but what a comforting thought that she will be seen again. Until then, I hope you feel the comforting and loving arms of our Good Lord holding you close in the days to come.

K. Coggins

Cathy Coats Baber

Posted at 10:51am
John & Bonnies family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bonnie was a great friend to my mom, Belle Coats. She was always so sweet, positive & had a smile to share with everyone. The card ladies will never be the same without her. She will be missed terribly. I hope you find peace in knowing she is at Gods side now and can share her love & kindness with everyone now as their angel. ❤️

Bob and Mary Miller

Posted at 09:42pm
Bob and I have known Bonnie for many years and her optimistic attitude and love for God never waivered. We always enjoyed her friendship and warm hospitality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at the loss of such a loving wife, mother, and grandparent. I’m sure she will be missed by all who knew her.
Bob and Mary Miller

Posted at 08:56am
Bonnie Gifford Koolman loved people and her life.Lots of wonderful memories with our Mom. Vonda Sweeney

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