Bonnie Eileen Hammitt, 80, of Berne passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at her residence. She was born on July 1, 1939 in Decatur to William and Lela (Baumgartner) Dague. She was married on October 6, 1956 in Berne to her high school sweetheart, Phil Hammitt.
From the age of 12, she attended the Mount Hope Church of the Nazarene, sometimes walking across the field with her siblings to the church. She served in many positions including Sunday school and VBS teacher as well as church board secretary and member. She and her husband had a passion for Work-n-Witness ministries, both local and abroad. Their excursions included ministry trips to Puerto Rico, the Azores, Jamaica and Honduras. She was employed at CTS, Ben Franklin, Rich Monuments and the Berne Public Library for 20 years, where she was known as the “library lady.” She lovingly orchestrated the expansive mural that decorates the walls of the children’s department, where she directed the many programs and activities with passion and enthusiasm. She will always be remembered for selling strawberries, cider (Bonnie’s brew), and sweet corn among other endeavors.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth (Mike) Steury of Berne; three sons, Kinley (Rhea) Hammitt of Berne; Curt (Rene’) Hamitt of Corunna; and Craig (fiancée Kathy Hesher) Hammitt of Lafayette; two sisters, Nancy (Richard) Myers; and Jane (Dave) Haworth; brother, Larry (Johanna) Dague; two sisters-in-law, Sally (Larry) Parman of Advance; and Merle Hammitt of Jacksonville, Florida; 19 grandchildren, Jenna (Adam) Langston; Colton Steury; Vincent, Tracer, and Cassie Hammitt; Noah, Elly, Branson, Shiloh, Jacey, Carsten, Molly, Zayne, Grace, Davyn, Victoriana, and Rylan Hammitt; Eric (Laura) Hammitt; and Cieara (David) Wengerd; and five great-grandchildren, Dylan Langston; Laithon, Blaikly, and Emmitt Wengerd; and Abigail Cress.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brother Don Dague; two sisters-in-law Jan Dague and Sharon Dague; and brother-in-law, David Hammitt.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, October 11 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home – Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Saturday, October 12 at Mount Hope Church of the Nazarene. Officiating will be Pastor David Cox. Burial will be at Willard Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Berne Public Library Children’s Department and Church of the Nazarene Work-n-Witness ministries.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.