Ellen B. “Bonnie” Griffin March 6, 1943 - November 28, 2021
Ellen B. “Bonnie” Griffin, 78, of South Whitehall Twp., passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, in L.V. Hospital – Cedar Crest, Salisbury Twp. She was married to the late Thomas M. Griffin for 52 years and was proud to be a member of the Griffin Clan. Raised in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Viola (Snyder) Cavanaugh. Bonnie was a graduate of Phillipsburg H.S. (Go Liners!). After graduating, she moved to New York City and was a secretary at GAF. While working for GAF, she met her husband on St. Patrick’s Day at Charley O’s Irish Pub. Bonnie then worked at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. and eventually became the Executive Assistant to former Chairman and C.E.O. Edward Donley for 40 years before retiring. She met several US Presidents while working for Donley. She was a member of the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown. Bonnie gained her work ethic while working in her family’s The Cup Diner in Phillipsburg and loved to say she worked there “before she could even see over the counter.” She loved her annual family vacations to Kennebunkport, Maine, traveling and visiting lighthouses, going to Neil Diamond concerts, and watching the Hallmark Channel. Bonnie also loved cooking, entertaining, shopping in New York City and going to Broadway shows. She had a love of dogs, especially Boxers and supported dog rescue organizations. Bonnie made sure her daughter, Michelle had every opportunity to pursue her dreams while growing up.
Survivors: Daughter: Michelle G. Young and her husband Ronald J. of Allentown; Sister: Donna Lee Manieri and her husband Alex of Phillipsburg, NJ. Bonnie is also survived by her Granddog Fiona and was predeceased by her sister Barbara Ann Shive and Goddaughter Cinnamon Manieiri.
Services: Mass 11:00 am Saturday, St. Catharine of Siena, 1825 W. Turner St., Allentown 18104. Call 6:00 – 7:30 pm Friday at Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., 274 N. Krocks Rd., Allentown 18106 and 10:30 – 11:00 am Saturday in the church. www.stephensfuneral.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animals in Distress, PO Box 609, Coopersburg, PA 18036 or Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 602 Tower Rd., Ithaca, NY 14853
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