the Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka

the Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka

The Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka, 77, of Moon Twp., died on January 15, 2021 at Apple Blossom Memory Care, Moon Twp.  She was born in Pittsburgh on August 17, 1943, the daughter of the late Earl and Elfreda (Baumgart) Forster. 

Bonnie’s education/ordination(s) included South Hills High School (1961), Duff’s Business School (1962), Grace Bible College (1992), Logos Bible College BBS (1994), and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (1994). Bonnie was remarkably devoted to Jesus, her husband, and her family. As a beloved pastor, her life was one of profound and tender service exemplified by her commitment to church planting, especially New Hope Christian Community of Ambridge. Bonnie was an avid Bible scholar (come look at our library numbering in the hundreds!) Hilton Head Island held a special place in her heart as an annual family summer vacation destination. She loved the beach! She enjoyed so many activities – tennis (playing net so she didn’t have to run so much!), crosswords (enriched by her dry sense of humor), playing with her grandchildren, special (venison) dinners, games (Night Golf). She also loved to travel here and abroad, including Hawaii, Israel, and Germany (three trips), and never once did she forget to send a postcard. Bonnie was incredibly musical and shared her talents with those around her and enjoyed singing with Dave, but only when they were alone.

Bonnie is survived by her loving husband, David Prepelka, two sons Matthew and Michelle (Banks) Prepelka, Nathan and Lauren (Willis) Prepelka, daughter Sonja Kazar, and six grandchildren: Abigail (Prepelka) Hodde, Matthew (Matty) Prepelka Jr., Gabriel Prepelka, Brooklynne Prepelka, Lukas Prepelka, and Grace Prepelka. She is also survived by her two sisters Suzanne (Forster) Nace and Georgia (Forster) Evans, and ten nephews and nieces.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday January 20th from 6-8 PM and also on Thursday the 21st from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd. Moon Twp.)  A funeral service will be held on Friday January 22nd at 11 AM at St.  Stephens Church (405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley). A private interment will take place later at Jefferson Memorial Park.

For any who wish to donate in lieu of flowers, two of Bonnie’s favorites are her home church New Brighton Christian Assembly (1810 Valley Ave., New Brighton, PA 15066), and Bonnie’s last church plant, New Hope Community Church (592 Beaver Rd, Ambridge, PA 15003).

Face coverings and social distancing apply to all services.

10 thoughts on “the Rev. Bonita (Forster) Prepelka

  1. To Dave and Family,
    Our hearts are aching with the loss of one of the most loving creatures on this planet. We were privileged to have known and counted Bonnie among our dearest friends. Nothing but the best memories. She still prays with us and for us and cheers us on .May God bless her now and forever. .And God bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

  2. Dave I am so sad to hear of Bonnie’s departure to Heaven but I rejoice with you knowing that she is in our future 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻. I’m not sure if you remember me but Bonnie and I were friends during our NW years and Women’s Ministry.
    She was a blessing to me and to many.
    With love and prayers,
    Carole Dotter

  3. Dave & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Bonnie was a special person and impacted our walk with the Lord greatly. She will be missed but we rejoice the she now home with our Creator.

    May the God bless and comfort you.

  4. Saw this on Facebook. So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. Such a special, loving person. God give ALL of her family comfort and blessing as you share wonderful memories of her love for you and for Jesus.

  5. Dear Dave and Family,
    We were so saddened to hear the news of Bonnie’s passing. She always greeted us with a cheerful hello and smile. She will be missed. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Paul and I were so saddened by Pastor Bonnie’s passing but know she is with our Lord and Savior.Pastor Bonnie will always live in our hearts and were Blessed to have known her,Dave and family.We will see each other again one day.Our deepest condolences,Roseanne and Paul Brown❤

  7. So sorry for the loss of Bonnie. She and Dave were a large influence in my marriage. May God comfort you today and in the days to come. ❤️

  8. Cousin Bonnie, her husband Dave & her sisters, Suzanne & George are so dear to my heart. I will treasure my memories with each of them!
    Where can Kathy & I send a card?

  9. Dave and family
    I was so very sorry to hear the news that Bonnie had passed. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. It’s been years since we’ve been together, but she always sent my mom a note and letter at Christmas. Please accept my sympathy to you and your family. Arlene Altenhof Shanks

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