BONZA, Vivian H.

BONZA, Vivian H.

VIVIAN HELEN BONZA (nee Mueller). Age 92. Born July 24th, 1929. Beloved wife of John for 57 years. Dear daughter of the late Eric and Mimi Mueller (nee Heine). Loving mother of Dr. Elise J. Geither (Jeff), and John Eric (Dr. Sarah). Dear sister of Joyce Wiley (Ken deceased), and Karen Reilly (Jack). Beloved grandmother to Chloe, Claire, Violet, Eric John (E.J.), and Zaidee. Also survived by in laws, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Graduated from John Adams H.S., Baldwin Wallace College, BA in Education, and Kent State University MA in English. Taught for 1 year in Colorado, and 1 year at J.F. Rhodes High School, then spent the remaining 23 years teaching at Parma H.S. and Valley Forge H.S. and teaching and tutoring at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus. While at Valley Forge H.S., she taught English in the Arts Seminar where honor students took Honors English, Art, and Music and then had a weekend trip each semester to New York City to go to museums, and Broadway shows.

Visitation Sunday, January 16th from 1-4pm at Zabor Funeral Home 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, Oh (between Ridge and Snow). Interment and service Monday at Sunset Memorial Park at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Parma South Presbyterian 6155 Pearl Rd. Parma Heights, Oh 44130 or Kemper House 10890 Prospect Rd. Strongsville, Oh 44149. To offer condolences visit

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  1. Mike Mazur on January 12th, 2022 10:32 pm

    Sending love during this time. Vivian left a great legacy of intelligence and love. She will be missed. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mike Mazur

  2. Barbara Sekerak on January 14th, 2022 10:26 pm

    To John and family, know that you are in my prayers. Rest in peace Vivian.

  3. Mary (Leonard) Case on January 15th, 2022 12:06 pm

    I have wonderful memories of the trip to NYC with our Arts Seminar class. Miss Mueller (as we knew her) was a great teacher who made literature exciting. My condolences to her family.

  4. Lynne Glaiter on January 16th, 2022 12:53 pm

    Jack and family…my thoughts are extended to comfort you at this time. Vivian’s soul now knows eternal rest and peace. God bless.

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