Paul Bonde

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Retired U. S. Army First Sergeant Paul Joseph Bonde, 63, of Millstadt, IL, born July 14, 1951, in Manitowoc, WI, died Monday, April 20, 2015, in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Bonde formerly owned and operated Holiday Tours, Inc and Illini Environmental, both of Caseyville, IL.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council, Hecker, IL, and was also a member of the Polish American War Veterans.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert V. and Marie L, nee Jacobs, Bonde; two brothers, Mike and Rich Lutzke; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Rheinecker.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Catherine Mary, nee Krakowiecki, Bonde, whom he married on May 9, 1981;
four children, Stephanie (George) Matsantonis of Columbia, IL,
Heather (Craig) Ohlau of Edwardsville, IL,
Michael Bonde,
and Melissa (Charles) Whitney, both of Tennessee;
six grandchildren, Allison Bonde,
Evan and Kleopatra Matsantonis,
and Madelyn, Peyton, and Jocelyn Ohlau;
five sisters, Mary Gervais of California,
Pat (Warren) Bartash of Minnesota,
Jean Bonde (Tony Bowers) of Wisconsin,
Denise Thill of Wisconsin,
and Connie Oliver of Minnesota;
four sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Augustine (Tom Conner) of Grand Tower, IL,
Jean (Richard) Scott of Waterloo, IL;
Mary Lutzke of Idaho,
and Sylvia Lutzke of Kentucky;
three brothers-in-law, John (Patsy) Krakowiecki of Belleville, IL,
Steve Krakowiecki of Swansea, IL;
Joseph Rheinecker Jr. of O’Fallon, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, SIUE Athletics, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.    Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Charles Bohannon officiating.

Private interment with military honors will be held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

Condolences Left For Paul Bonde

Cathy, Stephanie and Heather, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Paul. He was such an amazing man and was great at making people smile. He will be greatly missed. I’m thinking about each of you and your families and sending prayers your way. Love to all! Jan & J.T.

Jan DeLaney, Knoxville, TN, 37932

You have our deepest sympathy for your loss

Ed & Mary Wondolowski, Collinsville, Il., 62234

I am very sorry for your loss. Will keep your family in our prayers. Mark

Mark Minnella, St. Louis, Mo., 63129

Catherine and Family
I was sorry to hear that Paul passed away. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Joan(Bonde) & Dan Reseburg, Kiel, WI, 53042

Catherine and family. I was saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a great cousin. You have my deepest sympathy and I will keep you in my prayers.

Gail (Bonde) Schlies, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 54220

We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gary & Ann(Bonde) Hei, Kiel, WI, 53042

Cathy, our deepest sympathy. Paul was a great man and true friend. He will be missed by all that new him. Although we didn’t see each other after our tours in St Louis I spoke with him many times during the remainder of our military careers.

Lowell and Vickie Davis, Point, TX, 75472


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