Bonita W. Merillat, 84, of Fayette, Ohio, died Sept. 17, 2019, at University of Toledo Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Pioneer, Ohio, to Melvin and Geneva (Haas) Stantz.
She married the love of her life, Merrill Merillat, on June 16, 1951, in Montpelier Ohio, and they shared 47 happy years of marriage. He preceded her in death Nov. 7, 1998.
Bonnie was known as a simple woman with a kind, generous heart. She was a member of the Pioneer High School class of 1952, Fayette Church of the Nazarene, Montpelier Moose Chapter 270 and Bean Creek Line Dancers. She enjoyed line dancing and country music.
Bonnie loved being in the company of her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She never forgot a birthday and could be counted on to have cookies ready for their visits. She was happy to know that she would be a great-great-grandmother in December.
Bonnie is survived by two sons, Darrell Merillat of Wauseon, Ohio, and Michael (and Karen) Merillat of Montpelier; Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Penny Merillat of Fayette; grandchildren, Wesley (and Steffenie) Merillat, Jadea (and Leo) Wixom, Mac Merillat, Abigail (and Paul) Bieber, Sara (and Evan) Atkinson, Nathan (and Ashley) Merillat, Molly Merillat and Bradley (and Amy) Merillat, Tasha (and Jaret) Grove, Jeramie (and Kayla) Harness and Cherish Brown; great-grandchildren, Sierra (and Luke) Boehm, Evan, Avah, and Casen Merillat, Madeleine, Ellie and Caite Wixom, Gage Merillat, Evelyn, Khail and Nolan Bieber, Graham and Fisher Atkinson, Braelyn and Raegan Merillat, Katherine and William Merillat, Jayden and Jaycea Craven, Jaron and Jayahna Grove, Noah, Chance and Dahlia Harness, Daphne and Dexter Hannaford.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Randy Merillat; a sister, Junuetta Wallace; and infant brother Arthur Stantz.
Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Sunday from noon until the time of service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.