Bonnie E. Finch, 74, of Brandywine Hundred, Wilmington, DE, formerly of Ocean City, N.J., died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on February 17, 2017.
Daughter of Peery and Mary Greever, Bonnie graduated from Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, N.J., and attended Wittenberg University. As a young woman, and daughter of a Shriner, she was active in the Rainbow Girls. During her lifetime she worked as a legal secretary, church secretary, and seamstress. Bonnie had a servant’s heart and was confident knowing the sources of joy in her life, which were her family at home, her family at church, and her strong faith. She was a devoted wife and mother and despite the loss of a child and her own health issues, Bonnie always stayed positive, greeting every day with optimism and faith in God’s grace and goodness. Bonnie was especially proud of being the matriarch of a loving and blended family. She was a talented seamstress and gifted knitter. She also found pleasure spending time in the great outdoors swimming, crabbing and fishing and found most rewarding the hours she spent in her garden, especially weeding. She also bowled and played volleyball. Bonnie loved being the wife of a Methodist minister and enjoyed all of her church families in New Jersey and Delaware where she was a member of United Methodist Women, and several bell choirs.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 25 years, Pastor David McKendree Finch; her son, John Brothers (Tiffany) of Prosper, TX; 2 daughters, Bonnie Kelly (Larry) of Garnet Valley, PA and Ashley Hartshorn (Robert) of Newark, DE; her step-daughter, Amy Caulder (Shelley) of Madisonville, KY; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild (with another due in the Fall). Bonnie was preceded in death by her previous husband, Edward Daniel Wonik; her 12 year old daughter, Patricia Anne Brothers; her step-son, Jeffrey David Finch; and her sister, Mary Lou Wright.
A viewing will be held from 9-10am, followed by a funeral service at 10am, Saturday, February 25 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Wilmington, followed at 3:30pm by a graveside service at Seaside Cemetery, 559 Route 9N, Marmora, N.J. The family suggests honoring Bonnie’s memory by sending a contribution to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803. Messages of condolence may be sent to