Bonnie Jean Dohrman

January 2, 1958 - April 12, 2019

Bonnie Jean Dohrman, age 61, of Cumberland, passed away unexpectedly from complications of pneumonia on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Western Maryland Health System.

Born January 2, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Jackson L. and Betty Jo (Barnes) Dohrman.

Bonnie is survived by her sister, Robin Dohrman Ayers and husband Kenny of Romney; a nephew, Ian S. Jeffries and husband Reid Prichard of Seattle, Washington; two nieces, Kelly R. Ayers of Morgantown and Stephanie E. Ayers of Pittsburgh; a great nephew, Sloan E. Nesbit of Morgantown.  She is also survived by her childhood friend, Sherri Delawder and special friend, Tammy Quesenberry, as well as her fury friends, Doc and Yeager.

Bonnie marched to the beat of her own drum and lived life her way.  Born in Cumberland and raised in Short Gap, she graduated from Fort Ashby High School in 1976.  After attending Shepherd College, she worked as a CNA at Boone’s Nursing Home in Pennsylvania.  In 1978 she moved back home and went to work in Cumberland for Ren Roy Flowers.  Soon after the move, Bonnie was involved in a tragic single car accident which left her in a coma for three months and severely disabled.

After several years of rehab, Bonnie moved to Frostburg Village, assisted living care.  That is where she met the love of her life, Mike Vanetta.  After Mike’s passing, her friends at Tender Loving Care were her assistants and her pets became her family.

Bonnie was very proud of her Irish heritage and used that temperament with skill.  She had a big personality and a strong will.  Her relationship with her mother was like no other.  Though they may not have always seen eye to eye, her mother’s unconditional love was always there.  She loved animals and harassing “The Jerk” (Ian) and Kenny about various things, especially peanut butter coffee.

Bonnie managed to continue her life, in an uncooperative body, for forty-one years after her auto accident.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to all the care givers at Tender Loving Care for their genuine support and love for Bonnie through the years.

A Celebration of Life for Bonnie will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Short Gap Fire Hall in Short Gap, WV.  A private graveside service was held in April at Fort Ashby Cemetery with her immediate family and friends in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions in Bonnie’s name to: Allegany Co. Animal Shelter ~ 716 Furnace St. ~ Cumberland, MD 21502

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, 304.822.3511


Jamie Kidwell May 10, 2019

13 condolences for “Bonnie Jean Dohrman”

  1. Robin….so saddened to hear about Bonnie! We were crazy at times and she always made me laugh. I so enjoyed her company. I remember making candles with her…she was very talented! We lost touch over the years but sometimes kept up on Facebook! So glad to find she got back to what sounds like a life with some wonderful people! You and your family will be in my prayers!

  2. Robin and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I too remember her as a spunky, friendly, full of life teenager. Rest assured she is now with your mom and dad and whole again. Prayers for peace and comfort at this very difficult time.

  3. Oh, this makes me so sad. I loved Bonnie dearly when we were young girls. She always brought a smile to my face and joy and laughter to my heart. Even after all these years, she has been a frequent flyer in reminiscent conversations with my friends and family. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. They say a person is not gone until the last person speaks their name. Bonnie will be with us for a very long time…

  4. Bonnie is the reason I’m a nurse. We were, in my mother’s words, “thick as thieves”. The summer after her wreck her mother allowed me access to visit her in the ICU. My observations were that the bedside nurses were the only ones with something concrete to do that could impact her comfort and well being. It was then I changed my post-HS study to nursing. ( Bonnie was a NA). I could not bring myself to care for brain injured patients because of her but I went on to practice in a way that would honor the memory of my friend. Rest now Bonnie. Rekindle with Mikey. And get things ready for the rest of us. I hope you know the impact you had on my life. Love, Dana Lynn

  5. I am heart broken dear Bonnie. I love you so much. Was suppose to spend a few days on April 3rd with Bonnie but we changed it until after Easter.

  6. Robin. May you find peace in your memories. Sorry for your loss. She is in a beautiful place.

  7. Robin I was saddened to hear of Bonnie’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am praying God’s comfort for you and yours. I remember Bonnie as a spunky, very pretty teenager with a lively spirit and lovely smile.

  8. I am so very sorry to hear about this. Bonnie and I spoke often via internet and she often shared pictures of her pets which she loved very much. She ragged on me regularly for being her prom date. I loved her.

  9. To Robin and family, so very sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Life’s heartaches just do we not seem to stop. Know my thoughts and love for your healing heart are with you. Your friend, Shirley

  10. So sorry about Bonnie.She led a very hard life and did it with courage. I will always wonder what could have been if not for that fateful accident. RIP Bonnie, you were always kind to me and a good person to talk to. love Laura

  11. Sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie. I felt like I knew her from listening to your mother talk about her. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. So sorry Robin on the loss of your sister and my great friend. We should have been sister we was always in to something we wasn’t suppose to be doing. Hugs to you big sister

  13. I am so sorry for your loss, Robin. Although I never really knew Bonnie, I do remember her as a cute little girl. I hope you and Kenny are doing well. It would be great to catch up sometime.

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