Bonnie (Keating) Champeau-Gray, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, August 12, 2022. She was born February 1, 1934, to John and Esther (VanDenHeuvel) Keating and lived on the family farm in Askeaton. At the age of 16, she and her mother moved to Green Bay and became caretakers of Tank Cottage. She worked at Pauly Cheese before getting married and raising her children. After her children grew up, she went back to work at several places, and retired from Bornemann Nursing Home in 2004 after 22 years of service. Her hobbies mirrored her mother’s, knitting and crocheting for the grandchildren, special friends, and as donations to the church. Bonnie also did a little traveling including Hawaii and Ireland, as well as in state trips with her friend Collette Wertel. She will be remembered not only as a devoted mother and grandmother, but also as a loving and caring person, not only to her family, but all who crossed paths with her on her life’s journey.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert “Bobby” Gray, her parents, her sister, Roma (Lester) Nemitz, brother Ray (Elaine) Keating, and an infant brother, Roger Keating.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Allen and Janice Champeau, Roy and Ann Champeau, Rose and Tom Eagle, Paul and Patricia Champeau, Lynne and Marty Olejniczak, and Bob’s wife, Amiee Gray; 13 grandchildren, Benjamin Champeau, Patrick Eagle, Kelly (fiancé, Dan Daum) Champeau, David (Becky) Eagle, Michael Champeau, Kristen (Braeden) Rush, Melissa Olejniczak, Amy (Michael) Maize, Ryan (fiancée, Casey Pedretti) Olejniczak, Philip (fiancée, Samantha Swinarski) Champeau, Sarah Champeau, Rebecca Gray and Remington Gray; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Cordane, Madalin, Colton, Victoria, Michael, Dalton, Evangeline, Maccabee, Sorine, Kayla, Noah, Leah, Alex, Freya, and Charliese; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20th at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Askeaton. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family and online condolences may be sent at www.prokowall.com.
Bonnie’s family extends a special thank you to St. Vincent Hospital 7th floor staff and Unity Hospice for the care they provided during this difficult time.