Rev. Peggy Bonsell
A 1964 graduate from Tyrone Area High School, Rev. Bonsell attended the Manahath School of Theology, Westley School of Theology, and earned an Associate’s degree from Penn State University. Following graduation she taught elementary school for the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese for thirteen years prior to being called into the ministry. She has been ministering in churches in the Altoona district for over twenty years and is now in her eleventh year as the Protestant Chaplain at the Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in Hollidaysburg. She feels this position has truly been a gift from God and she is so blessed to be part of the lives of the residents.
Rev. Bonsell is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Altoona where she has served in several elected offices of the club, including Lt. Governor. She has also served as committee chairman of several different committees, especially those dealing with helping children in Blair County. She belongs to the Altoona Story League, Chi-Rho (Clergy Choir), Tyrone Business and Professional Women’s Club, Tyrone Chapter of the Eastern Star, and serves as treasurer of the Altoona District Clergy.
Rev. Bonsell received the 2014 Kiwanian of the Year for Altoona, The Bishop’s Award, and 2015 WISE Women of Blair County. The greatest award she has received in life are her husband Gary, sons, Karl and Adam and grandsons, Aaron and Drew.
We never know what life will deal us, but we know that someone will always help us with whatever we are dealt, so we need to take what we are given, smile, laugh, appreciate and look ahead. Look ahead at what tomorrow offers us and strive for it, with the help of our family and friend and Creator. For love comes from new hope and new horizons for a better tomorrow. Never give up, you can be whatever you want, it may just come in different wrappings for each of us.