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Bonnie Mathies

Bonnie Kay Mathies

Wednesday, May 20th, 1942 - Thursday, August 8th, 2019
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Bonnie Kay Mathies, 77, of Centerville, Ohio and Celina, Ohio died Thursday, August 8, 2019 in the Wayne Healthcare Hospice Center in Greenville with her family at her side.

She was born on May 20, 1942 in Toledo, the daughter of William 'Dick' and Ella Kriener. She is survived by her husband Bill of Centerville and Celina; Surviving are two sons: William (Catherine) of Terre Haute, IN and Charlie (Leasa) of Helsinki Finland; four grandchildren: Andrew, Adam, Logan, and Aspen; her sister Susan (Jim) Royster of Detroit, MI; brother William (Shela) Kriener of Fort Wayne, IN; and brother Joel (Sally) Kriener of Toledo, OH.

Bonnie grew up in Point Place, a Toledo neighborhood that nudges Lake Erie. Her father was a power engineer at Toledo Edison. She was a 1960 graduate of the Woodward High School. While getting her bachelor’s degree, she was a member of Alpha Omericron Pi. After graduation in 1964, she worked in the Oberlin and Toledo public schools where she taught English, history and biology. Bonnie received her masters in instructional technology in 1968, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Foundations in 1976. All of her degrees were earned at the University of Toledo. In 1974, she joined the faculty at Wright State University's main campus. She worked there for over 30 years as a professor, Department Chair, and Associate Dean. She arrived at the WSU Lake Campus in 2007, becoming Campus Dean in 2010 until she retired in 2016. During her tenure at the Lake Campus the school experienced surging enrollments, a nearly doubling of bachelor-degree programs (including Engineering, Nursing, & Business), construction of the first residence halls and the purchase of nearly 40 acres for expansion.

She was active in state and national library and technology organizations, served 20 years on the Centerville Washington Library board, and was recently serving on both the Grand Lake Restoration Committee and the Clothes That Work program.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to the time of the memorial service, at 12-Noon on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home, 1632 Wayne Ave. Dayton, OH 45410.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Bonnie K. Mathies Scholarship with the Western Ohio Education Foundation at the Wright State Lake Campus. For more information please contact Gretchen Rentz at (419) 586-0336. Gifts may also be mailed to Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF), Attn: Bonnie Mathies Scholarship Fund, 7600 Lake Campus Dr., 106 Dwyer Hall, Celina, OH 45822. Donations will also be accepted at the memorial service.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home
    1632 Wayne Ave
    DAYTON, OH 45410
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  • Service

    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, August 17th, 2019 12:00pm
    Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home
    1632 Wayne Ave
    DAYTON, OH 45410
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Donna Hanby

Posted at 09:50am
B - Best Friend
O - One-of-a-Kind
N - Nail Partner (monthly)
N - Never Too Busy to Assist Others
I - Intelligent/Gifted
E- Exceptional Shopper

M - Mentor to All
A - Assessment Guru
T - Terrific Leader
H - Highly Motivated (Glass Ceiling Breaker)
I - Innovator in Library Media
E- Exceptional Teacher/Learner
S - Sports Car Lover (her red convertible)


Mindy McNutt

Posted at 12:25am
I felt blessed to have the opportunity to hire Bonnie at the Lake Campus shortly after her retirement at the Dayton Campus. She made such a wonderful contribution over the years at WSU Dayton, that I knew she would do the same at Lake. Your shining light will be missed. Mindy McNutt

Gregory R. Bernhardt

Posted at 08:54pm
Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Bonnie was such an inspiration to so many over the decades. She pushed all of us to be our best. I, personally, relied on her as Associate Dean & technology leader/mentor. Susan and I will miss our domino sessions and her wonderful laugh. She believed passionately that education was the foundation of personal success and essential to the sustainability of democracy in America. As a professor, she was a role model for role models. She was such a dear friend and a fierce advocate for the students, schools and communities she served. Bonnie - your life made a difference to our world. With our sincere sympathy - Greg Bernhardt & Susan Praeger

Sincerely Greg Bernhardt & Susan Praeger

Posted at 07:31pm
Will be missed by family, friends, colleagues and thousands of students shaped by her courageous leadership /mentoring. A role model for educators.
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Henning Jakobsen

Posted at 02:48pm
Dear Bill, Will and Charlie
We send you our warmest condolences for Bonnies far too early pass away. I still remember my visits to Dayton in the late eighties, where we spent some time together, and I really felt a close relationship to you and especially Bonnie. I am very glad I had a good and personal telephone conversation with her reasonly.
Warmest regards and all the best for the future
Henning and family

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