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BONKOWSKY – Zeljka Nevenka “Jill” (nee Bakarich)

March 8, 1961 – June 11, 2010

Zeljka Nevenka “Jill” Bonkowsky beloved wife of Bruce Bonkowsky of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 49 years.

Jill was born on March 8, 1961 in Calgary. She graduated from Ernest Manning High school in 1979 and married Bruce Bonkowsky on October 11, 1986. For many years, Jill enjoyed her work as a production accountant in the oil and gas industry, most recently with Penngrowth Resources. Jill loved life, sunshine, and especially becoming a grandmother. Jill was a loving mother and a shining star who blessed many lives. She was loved by many and will be remembered now and forever.

In addition to her loving husband Bruce, Jill is survived by a son Cody Bonkowsky of Calgary; two daughters, Katelyn Bonkowsky and Lindsay (Gam) Wijesooriya of Calgary; a grandson Enzo Wijesooriya; parents, Katy and Karlo Bakarich; brothers, Zack, Darko, and Gord (Tina) Bakarich; sisters, Judie (James) Agnew, Anita Bakarich, and sisters-in-law, Barbara Bonkowsky, Beverly (Anthony) Kelly; and mother-in-law Christel Bonkowsky.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. A celebration of Jill’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – RGH Unit 93/94 – Medical/General Surgery, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403)943-0615, www.thetrust.ca . The family would like to thank the staff of Unit #93 at the Rockyview General Hospital for the care and attention given to Jill.

In living memory of Jill Bonkowsky, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Bruce – Ken and I are thinking about you & your family. We are so sorry that Jill was taken away so soon in life. Glad we were able to share some last moments with her these past few weeks.

    We will always remember the fun times we had together camping with our families, our family get togethers, and the girls weekends that Jill and Pam shared with friends for many years.

    Love
    Pam & Ken

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  2. Michelle, Kevin, Jordan and Devynn :

    I’m so sorry Linds for the pain you and your family must be going through. We love you and if you need anything please let us know
    Lots of love

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  3. Barbara Bonkowsky :

    Jill,
    You will forever be remembered in our thoughts and in our hearts. May you now find peace, and be the angel that helps and guides us here on earth. Shine on.
    Bruce, Lindsay, Cody, Katelyn, Katy and Karlo Bakarich; brothers, Zack, Darko, and Gord Bakarich; sisters, Judie Agnew, Anita Bakarich my thoughts and prayers are also with you.

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  4. Brandon Kelly :

    I will miss you aunty Jill. I will always love and remember your loving ways and hugs that let me know how much you care. Your bright caring smile will be with me forever.

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  5. Hello. I worked across the hallway from Jill at Pengrowth. She was always such a joy to be around and had such an awesome sense of humor. I am deeply saddened and my condolences go to you and your family. She was such a proud grandma and always spoke of Enzo and it breaks my heart that he will not get to know what a wonderful grandma he had.

    Cam

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  6. I am so very sorry for your loss. Jill was a wonderful person and the most enthusiastic grandmother I have ever seen. She will be greatly missed by her friends & colleagues at Pengrowth.

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  7. Moe Alibhai and family :

    To Bruce and Family.

    I was shocked to hear the sad news. Our deepest sympathies to Bruce and family on the passing away of Jill. She will be remembered as a friendly and a kind person who got along with everybody. Physically she is gone but spiritually she will always be around us. May she rest in peace. Amen.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce and his family at this most difficult time. God be with you all.

    With our sincere condolences

    Moe, Farida, and Family

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  8. Matthew Bugden :

    My heart and prayers are with you all.

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  9. Jarrett Hartwell :

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Jill will be greatly missed!

    My heart goes out to the entire family during this challenging time. If there is anything either myself or anyone at PSAV can do to assist, please let me know.

    Sincerely,

    Jarrett Hartwell

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  10. Anne Marie Patmore :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. I know Jill loved and cherished her family very much and that she will be missed by all.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Rick and Anne Marie Patmore

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  11. We will miss Jill, she was always such a pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. May you find peace and understanding as you deal with this tragic loss.

    The Lowe Family.

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  12. Bruce, it was a major shock to hear about Jill’s passing. I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot put into words the sadness I feel for you and the kids. Please do not hesitate to call me at any time if there is anything that I can do to help you and your family out regardless of the time you require it.

    Your friend as always.

    Brian Ness

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  13. Jill. I am fortunate to have been able to have spent so many good times with you and shared so many laughs with you.
    To the Bonkowsky, Bakarich and Wijesooriya Families I am very sorry for your loss. Especially Enzo who now has his own Guardian angel.
    I will miss you.

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  14. Kathy O'Flaherty :

    Bruce, Cody, Katelyn and Lindsay

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts. We are here to help you so if you need anything you let us know. We have very fond memories of Jill that are filled with laughter and we cherish them and will keep them close to our hearts. God Bless you all.

    Kathy, Terry O’Flaherty

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  15. Lisa Wickwire :

    God bless you all in this time- Lindsay, my heart aches for you and your family. I pray that you will be able to find some peace. Love and hugs to you.

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  16. Dan & Mylene Powers :

    Bruce,
    Although we did’t know Jill that well we did enjoy spending New Years with you, Bev & Anthony. I am glad we were given the opportunity to meet Jill. We offer you our condolences and hope that you will find strength in your friends & family.

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  17. Bob Wallace :

    Bruce and family, this is a tragedy for you. My thoughts and prayers for you, that you will remember all the good and loving times with Jill, as you move forward.
    My sympathy,
    Bob

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  18. We wish to extend to all the family our deepest sympathy in the sad loss of Jill—a loving daugther, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God bless.
    Tom, Marg and
    Marilyn Agnew

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  19. Fred, Cathy, Stephen & Darrin Zinkhofer :

    We are so sorry for your loss. May God and your memories support you and sustain you now and in the years ahead.

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  20. Gene Pawlak :

    Bruce
    My condolences to you and the family.

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  21. My deepest condolences go out to all of you on this tragic loss. You are in all our prayers. May you find comfort and peace in fond memories.

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  22. Bob and Candy Jordan :

    We were shocked to hear of the passing of Jill. She will be well remembered by us as a kind and caring person with a coompasionate heart, a caring manner and a good sense of humor. Bruce, Lindsay, Cody, Katelyn and family please accept our condolences and sympathies in this time of your sorrow. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Candy Jordan

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  23. Cliff and Pat Kehler :

    Bruce, Lindsay and families
    Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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  24. Tracy (Hagen) MacDonald :

    Bruce,
    I am so very sorry to hear that you have lost your beloved Jill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family at this sad and difficult time. I hope that you find comfort in the loving support of all of your friends. With love,
    Tracy Hagen MacDonald

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  25. Kevin Matieshin :

    Bruce

    Cathy and my thougths are with you as you go through this difficult time. Jill’s office uaed to be close to mine at Pengrowth, and I remember her smiling face and positive attitude.

    Kevin

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  26. Traci Frost :

    I am so sad to hear the news. My thoughts are with the family through this sad time.

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  27. Bernie, Lana, Kiah, Jenna, Garrett, Julianne & Katharine Gutowski :

    Bruce,
    We were shocked to hear the news of Jill’s passing. We grieve with you and your family and hold you in our prayers. May the peace and comfort of the Lord surround you all and be your strength. Remembering all of the great times we had with you all and the joy of life that was Jill.
    The Gutowski’s

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  28. Josephine Grant :

    My sincere condolonces to the whole family. I briefly worked with Jill at Penn West Petroleum and enjoyed her friendliness and her warmth as a wonderful co-worker. Sincerely, Josephine Grant

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