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Bonnie Biggar, 84, of Roscommon

Bonnie Kathleen Biggar, 84, long time resident of Roscommon, Michigan, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 24th, 2023, surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born September 28, 1938, in White Pigeon, Michigan, the daughter of Vince Boaz and Kathryn “Kitts” Lee-Boaz. As a young girl she was an avid outdoor enthusiast with her brother and cousins at Klinger Lake. She was a girl scout in the troop led by her mother.

Bonnie attended Western Michigan University and earned an elementary teaching degree with a minor in art, graduating in 1960. She was a member of the WMU Water Sprites synchronized swimming team and a member of Kappa Phi honor society fraternity. She met the love of her life, John “Jack” Biggar while both were working in the university’s food service.

Bonnie and Jack married on December 30, 1960, at the First Presbyterian Church in White Pigeon with a reception at her cousins, the Goslings, at Klinger Lake, Michigan. She made her wedding dress for the ceremony. Upon Jack’s graduation from Western Michigan the couple moved to Higgins Lake, Michigan.

Bonnie was a long-time substitute teacher at Roscommon Elementary School. She was the Christmas concert pianist for all the grades Christmas concerts for many years. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played the organ for St. Elizabeth’s for nearly sixty years as was active in the choirs, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and other functions and organization with St. Elizabeth’s.

For many years, Bonnie participated in the Sweet Adeline’s barber-shop harmony organization traveling to the various competitions including Carnegie Hall. Later she participated in the Roscommon Community Choir.

Bonnie was an avid artist with her energies focused on number of artistic endeavors. She was known for her custom-card making for holidays and events and her elaborate quilts she crafted. She was very adept at sewing, knitting, and needlepointing and crafted many outfits for her herself and family.

Bonnie loved visiting lighthouses around the Great Lakes and country. She collected light house miniatures, and light house related apparel.

After the births of her grandchildren, Bonnie was very active in their lives creating clothing, dolls, Halloween costumes and attending their variety of musical and sporting events throughout their time in school.

Bonnie loved to travel with her husband, quite literally from coast to coast, from Nova Scotia to Washington, from the shores of the Lake Superior to Florida and Texas. She had many, many, lifelong friends they met while camping. She spent many winter months in their camper in Gulf Shores, Alabama, their favorite place to visit and escape the cold, winter months of Michigan. She attended annual camping rallies across the county with the many friends they made from the years of camping.

Bonnie will be greatly missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Jack Biggar, of Roscommon; her son, John P. Biggar and wife Azita Ariapour, of Dearborn; her daughter, Tammy Schwalm and husband Brad, of St Helen; her granddaughters: Rebecca Wilson and husband Nick, of Knoxville, Tennesse and Olivia, of Roscommon; and her brother Tom Boaz and wife Judy, of Sequim, Washington; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her father, Vincent and her mother, Kathryn “Kitts.”

Family and friends will gather from 4:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, 143 Lake Street, Roscommon, Michigan 48653. The Funeral Service will be at 12 Noon, with an hour of gathering prior to the Funeral, on Friday, March 3, 2023, at St Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, 2936 East Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon, Michigan 48653. The Reverend Mary Shortt will be officiating.

Bonnie will be laid to rest at Gerrish Township Cemetery, Michigan, in the spring.

The family prefers memorial contributions be made in Bonnie’s name to the Higgins Lake Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon.

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