Bernice P. (Gray) Schonbeck

PENOBSCOT — Bernice P. (Gray) Schonbeck died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, under hospice care at Penobscot Nursing Home after a brief illness with her daughter, Carol, and her best friend, Sandy, at her side. She was born March 3, 1923, in Cape Rosier, daughter of Gorham and Helen (Cheyne) Gray. She graduated from Brooksville High School and Becker College in Worcester, Mass.

Bernice (Bunny, “the Great Bundoon,” GG) was predeceased by her parents; two of her brothers, Gordon Gray and Roderick Gray; sister, Phyllis and brother-in-law William Glynn; and her son-in-law, Dana Holbrook. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Holbrook; granddaughter; Kristin Fontaine her husband Paul; and her two great-grandchildren, Blake and Morgan Fontaine. She also leaves her brother, Harold Gray and sister-in-law Joan Gray; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Gray and Ivadel Gray; several nieces and nephews; dear family friend, Jean Devereux; and her very dearest best friend, Sandy Nevells.

Bunny loved life, a good time, a good joke, a good book, a good meal, her friends and her family. She drove a fiery red Thunderbird until she was 87, was full of personality, and will be sorely missed by all that loved her.

A private graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Cape Rosier. Those wishing to remember Bunny may consider making a contribution in her name to Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice – EMHC Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Arrangements are under the care of Direct Cremation of Maine, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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