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Celebrating the life of

Bonnie Sue Hosti

October 01, 1952 - January 01, 2022

Bonnie Sue Hosti

Bonnie Sue Hosti passed away on January 1, 2022 at her home on Tybee Island with her husband and daughter at her side. Bonnie was born on October 1, 1952 in Savannah, GA to George and Faye Hosti. She attended St. James School, St. Vincent’s Academy, and the University of Georgia. She was married to Norbert Chandler for forty-four years. They lived at Tybee Island.

Bonnie was a speech pathologist with the Chatham County Board of Education for thirty years, with the majority of her career spent at May Howard Elementary School. She loved her work and her students. She loved the outdoors, especially kayaking, boating, biking, and walking on the beach and in the woods-anywhere she could feel the beauty of nature. She was an integral part of the Tybee community. Her friends and family have lost a kind soul who was known as a giving and loving person.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Norbert Chandler, her daughter, Kelsey Hosti Chandler, her son-in-law John Anagnost. She is also survived by her sister Helen Hosti and brother-in-law John Etheridge of Winterville, Georgia, as well as numerous cousins and dear friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Faye Hosti, also of Tybee Island, with whom she shared an extremely close relationship. Their example of love, resilience, and compassion remained a constant influence throughout her life.

A private graveside service will be held in Bonaventure Cemetery with a celebration of life to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.

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Norbert, I am soo sorry to hear about Bonnie passing yesterday - to say I was shocked is an understatement— was she sick ? Just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers my friend - if there is anything we can do please don’t hesitate to let us know. She was a beautiful spirit and a good friend way back in the day and I will miss her

- Frederic G ( Rick) Doyle III , Richmond Hill, Ga

Norbert , Helen and Family I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing . My heart aches for you. Sending Thoughts and prayers Janet Doyle Dunnington

- Janet Dunnington, Arlington, Vermont

Norbert we are so sad to hear about Bonnie. She was the kindest person we know. Our prayers & thoughts are with you & Kelsey.

- LENOARD & Debbie Motes, Tybee Island , Ga

I am saddened to hear about Bonnie. Having known her since we were little kids, she was always so sweet and kind to everyone. God bless your family.

- Cathy Lyle Reams, Mandeville, LA

Undoubtedly one of the sweetest, most kind souls I have ever known. Rest in Peace Bonnie.

- Jane Patricia Harte , Savannah , Georgia

We will all miss sweet Bonnie. If she was doing anything it was for someone else. Norbert, love to you and your family.

- Patsy Shows, Savannah, GA

Norbert ,Kelsey, and Family I am so saddened by the loss of Bonnie. What a Beacon she was as she entered a room. That sincere sweet smile and always a hello. We grew together from 1st grade and graduated from St Vincent's in 70. Bonnie was Always kind and soft spoken. May she enter Paradise with the Angels at her side.

- Julia A Dyer Strickland, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

- Julia A Dyer Strickland, Savannah, GA

Norbert & family, I am so sorry to hear about Bonnie. What a sweet soul she was. Always smiling. I know that my brother, Lee, up in heaven, has welcomed her with open arms & a big hug. You know they are catching up for all the time Lee’s been gone since 2005. Norbert, Lee will take care of Bonnie. You can count on it.

- Debbie Stewart Beverly , Atlanta , Ga

Ben and I are deeply saddened to learn about Bonnie's passing. What a wonderful and kind person she was. My heart goes out to Chelsey and Norbert. Our prayers go out to you.

- Donna Stewart Thomas, Atlanta, GA

When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind. Bonnie left a lot of love behind!

- Arnie & Sandra Correa, Tybee Island, GA

My condolences to you and your family Norbert.

- Tim Tramell, Savannah , Ga

No words can express how much Bonnie will be missed by her family and friends.She always was so kind and will never be out of her friends thoughts.God please guide the family through this

- Bobby Byrnes, Savannah, Georgia

My sincere condolences to all of you in the loss of Bonnie. I'm sure there was a group of SVA Class of '70 members waiting for her at heaven's gates. A very accomplished lady with a radiant smile. May you find comfort in knowing she is being remembered in prayer

- Klair Kenney Snellbaker, Fort Myers , FL

Rest In peace, sweet Bonnie! (Laurie-SVA Class of ‘70)

- Laurie Anderson, Jacksonville, Fl

I can’t believe she is gone. I’ll still expect to see her out in her yard or driving out of her driveway in her car. I’ll especially miss her when playing spades. She was always the life of the party - whooping the loudest whenever she had a really good or a really bad hand! She was such a light - such a sad loss for everyone who knew her.

- Nancy V. Bain, Tybee Island, GA

My love goes out to Norbert, Kelsey and Bonnie's extended family. I will miss her so much.

- Chris Garbett, Tybee Island, GA

So sorry to hear this sad news. She was always friendly and kind and warring a big smile.

- Donald and Wanda Howard, Sav., Ga

Nobert & Kelsey So sorry but she’s getting a room ready for us. I know she went straight to Heaven. What a kind and loving soul. She will be missed terribly and always remembered. Her smile will be on the minds of all. Bonnie my classmate at St.James may you Rest In Peace. Thanks for letting me say goodbye

- Mark & Ginger Schroder, Tybee Island, Ga

So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. During our days at SVA I never saw her without a beautiful smile. May all the classmates of the class of SVA '70 be at the gates of heaven to welcome her into her heavenly home. My condolences to her family. Claire Moore Tackett, SVA '70

- Claire Moore Tackett, Pooler, GA

Norbert, Kelsey and Helen, I have spoken to many about the loss of your beautiful and wonderful Bonnie. Everyone says the same words - she was the brilliant pearl of the sea. She was the beach girl. She was the best friend to so many. She was a loving and devoted mother and sister. She was an excellent sailor. The crew will pay honor and tribute to our dear friend with the ringing of eight bells and the laying of roses upon the flow of the ebbing tide and rising moon. She will be remembered with special thanks for a life well lived and the sharing of her boundless love with so many. Rest in eternal peace dear friend until we all sail together again. Love from all of us.

- John Mulligan Family & Friends, Savannah, Georgia

I was so saddened to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She was one of the sweetest persons I know. Tybee has lost another treasure. May she RIP.

- Margie Shiver, Savannah, Georgia

Kelsey and Norbert, I was so shocked and heart broken when I heard of Bonnie's passing. My eyes have filled with tears so many times since hearing the devastating news. My heart breaks for you both. Such a great loss for you and the Tybee community because she was such a huge part of it and is someone everyone loved. I loved seeing both of you, Norbert, when I returned to Savannah. I will always treasure when you both came to Panama City for my retirement and the time you two came to see me work my dog at the seminar I attended in Savannah. My love and prayers for you and for you, Kelsey. I am so sorry for your loss.

- Judy McKee, Panama City Beach, Florida

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We were so sorry to hear about Bonnie's passing. Our sincerest condolences.

- Vivian Correa, St. Petersburg, Florida

Norbert and Kelsey, we are so very sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. She certainly was one of the sweetest persons we knew. God’s blessings to you both.

- John and Sherry Crowell, Tybee Island, GA

So very sorry to our neighbor and friend Norbert and Kelsey. We are stunned of the loss of your wife and mother. Bonnie is now a beautiful Angel in Heaven. Bonnie was definitely one of the most loving and caring people I have known. She did not meet a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile. Again sorry for your loss, but Heaven apparently needed her.

- Ronald and Patsy Jones, Tybee Island, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this sad time. Bonnie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

- Phyllis Saunders , Tybee Island , GA

Norbert, I’m very sorry for you and your family’s loss. May Bonnie Rest In Peace.

- Bobby Sauers, Richmond Hill, Georgia

Norbert, Kelsey and family I was heartbroken when I learned of Bonnie’s death She was one of the kindest persons I knew. She always had a kind word for everyone and we should all live by her example. I will miss her very much

- Lisa Cosnahan, Columbus, Ga.

Norbert, Kelsey and family I was heartbroken when I learned of Bonnie’s death She was one of the kindest persons I knew. She always had a kind word for everyone and we should all live by her example. I will miss her very much

- Lisa Cosnahan, Columbus, Ga.

Norbert, Please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of your Dear Bonnie. May her soul rest in Peace and you be given the strength and courage by Almighty God to bear this loss.

- Chris Desa, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with Norbert, Kelsey, Helen and family during this difficult time. Bonnie’s smile will never be forgotten. May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times you spent together as you celebrate a life well lived. Love Anne and James

- Byerly, Kansas City, MO

Norbert, Our deepest sincere to you and your family for the loss of your wife. Our prayers will be with you at such a time.

- Jaudale Banks & family, Savannah, Ga

Such a beautiful colleague and friend. Sincere condolences to Bonnie’s family.

- Paula Walket, Tybee Island , GA

Norbert, Danny and I are sadden by the news of your wife's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Jennifer & Danny Keener, Savannah, GA

Norbert I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. We worked together many years ago at Eli Whitney School when she was pregnant with Kelsey. She was so happy to be a mother. Bonnie was such a talented speech pathologist and loved her students. She was so kind and always willing to help others. I admired her so much. I am sending you and Kelsey love and peace.

- Beth Nelson, Savannah, GA

I knew Bonnie professionally as a fellow Speech Pathologist. She was a gifted clinician and a wonderful person. The world was blessed by her in do many ways.

- Christine Bright, Savannah, GA

In all the years I’ve known Bonnie I can’t recall not seeing her beautiful smile. I will always remember it. Please accept my sympathies and I will pray for peace for all of you.

- Bill Lewis, Savannah, GA

Norbert, I’m very sad and shocked to hear about Bobbie Sue. What a super sweet and contagiously happy person - my prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

- Lynn Brown Sammons, Atlanta, Ga

I'm so sorry to hear about Bonnie! She was a beautiful person. Betty Walden

- Betty Walden , Savannah , GA

Norbert Helen and family so sorry for your loss. Bonnie was so beautiful in so many ways. A true loss to Tybee and Savannah. God rest her soul.

- Cliff welch, Savannah , Ga

We were so sad to hear about Bonnie. She was such a sweet person with a beautiful smile. Love and prayers for Norbert, Kelsey and your entire family. She will be missed.

- Armond and Vickie Souza, Tybee Island, Georgia

Uncle Norbert, Kelsey, Helen, We wanted to express our sincere condolences and how much we all loved Aunt Bonnie. We appreciated her sharing her love with us over our lifetimes. She made a real difference in my life and I will always be grateful. She was a great Godmother to Vincent and Veronica. We enjoyed all the time we spent with you all. We will miss Aunt Bonnie very much.

- Catherine Chandler Hoang (Kate) , Gainesville, Fl

Her smile was as warm and bright as the sun. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Earl Hagan & Beth Barrow

- Earl Hagan & Beth Barrow, Savannah, Ga

Sorry for your loss..l am now in Costa Rica ,working on my house .Norbert and Kelsey,Bonnie always had a smile ,and was a wonderful soul .We will miss her !

- Alan Roach, Tybee Island , Ga

Our family very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.

- Doi Hoang/ Thang Hoang , Savannah , Georgia

Norbert, Kelsey and Hellen, my family and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Bonnie. Although it came as a shock, we take comfort that she is pain free and reunited with her parents.. Bonnie was one of the kindest, sweetest persons we knew and we will always be grateful that she was Jadeh’s Godmother. May she rest in eternal peace..

- Candice Simplis, Savannah, GA

Sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.

- Dominick Candebat, New Orleans, Louisiana

Norbert and family, Chuck and I are heartbroken for your loss, whether seeing Bonnie walking, biking or kayaking she was a ray of sunshine! We will miss her contagious smile and pleasant greetings,may you find comfort in your memories. Lisa Linton

- Lisa Linton , Tybee Island , GA

So very sorry to hear of Bonnie's death, I have fond memories of her from our days at SVA Class of 1970. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace and happiness.

- BARBARA O WESTERFIELD, Mount Pleasant, SC

A candle has been lit!

- Jan Holland Ethridge, Alpharetta , Ga

Norbert and Kelsey my condolences on the loss of Bonnie. I am praying for y’all during these difficult times. God Bless

- Scott McDonald, Ingleside, TX

So we’re sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to your family. Bonnie made a difference in so many lives!

- Mike, Dean, and Erin Lowe, Tybee Island, Ga

Dear Norbert, We are so very saddened to hear of the passing of your sweet Bonnie. May she rest in paradise.

- John and Kathy Gaudry Cliett, Metter, GA

I am so sorry. One less ray of sunshine. Our prayers are with your family. Jackie and Richard

- Jacqueline Sauls Royal, Poulsbo, Washington

Norbert, I was stunned this morning to read of Bonnie's passing. I am so sorry. You were truly blessed to have each other for so many years. Your love for and devotion to Bonnie was emphasized to me when we worked together and you were asked why you didn't want to go out with "the boys". Your response, which has stuck with me for all these years was, "I'm not married to the boys." I'm happy that you and Kelsey have each other for comfort.

- Patrick Martin, Richmond Hill, GA

I was so sad to hear of the passing of Bonnie. I was fortunate to have known her from May Howard School. She was such at kind and caring colleague who was always so dedicated to her students. Every year she would find me to give me the clothes that her daughter had out grown because she knew that I as a School Social Worker I would know of children who could use them. It was a joy to run into her in the years after we had both retired. That was every year on St Patrick’s Day at Calhoun Square and often at the many outdoor musical events we are so lucky to have in Savannah. Whenever I saw her, the love she had for her family and friends and her kindness to everyone was always so apparent There will be less joy in our community without her. Rest In Peace, sweet Bonnie. I will play for peace for your family and friends.

- Julie Watson, Savannah , Ga

Bonnie was most assuredly a kind soul who did leave behind lots of love to each of us. She definitely brought joy to others. She and her spirit will be missed by everyone who had the fortune of sharing her time here on earth. May we find comfort and happiness in our fond memories of Sweet Bonnie.

- Karleen and Vincent Grevemberg, SAVANNAH, GA

Bonnie was a huge part of our daughter’s success with her speech device. She made it possible for her to attend a special camp and accompanied her on a trip to Colorado for a national program. She was a major part of her life at May Howard and a huge reason for her happiness in school. Lindsey had severe cerebral palsy and was non verbal. But not in Bonnie’s eyes. She was determined that Lindsey would be able to communicate with others and because of Bonnie’s determination Lindsey was successful. Lindsey passed away in August at 35 years of age and I’m sure she and Bonnie have connected again. Our love and prayers are with you all

- Donna and Jon Hart, Savannah , GA

Dear Norbert, Kelsey and the family. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time but I will always remember Bonnie’s smile and kind disposition. Please take care of yourselves as I am sure she would want you to do.

- Gayle Arberg, Marietta, GA

No way to say, or to say it any way, how much this hurts

- Youmans, Richmond Hill, GA

Norbert, Helen and family, Bud and I are so sad to hear of Bonnie's passing. She was the sweetest and kindest friend ever! She has so many families and friends that will truly miss her. Especially on St. Patrick's Day! She loved that day and everyone she could spend time with to celebrate. Our deepest sympathy.

- Bud and JW Sauers, SAVANNAH, GA

A candle has been lit!

Continued prayers for peace and comfort at this difficult time. Your family is in my prayers.

- Lee Moore, Savannah, Georgia

The world was a better place with Bonnie in it. Thank you for sharing her with us. Arms around you all .

- Kathleen Ramee, Savannah, GA

Norbert & family, we are so sorry for your loss. Bonnie will be missed by all. You all are in our thoughts & prayers. Bill & Tricia Lewis

- Tricia & Bill Lewis, Tybee Island , Ga

Bonnie was a dear sweet friend who I was blessed to know for 40+ years. Memories will remain forever in my heart. Love to Norbert and Kelsey Sail on dear Bonnie

- Debbie Moeller, Savannah , GA

Bonnie lit up a room with her laughter and smile. Norbert and Kelsey may her smile and love shine down upon you.

- Chuck Moeller, Savannah, GA

Hosti Chandler sincere and heartfelt condolences on your loss! May God’s love be with you all! Judy Orvin

- Judy Orvin, Savannah , Ga

Norbert, Kelsey and family, we are so sorry to learn of your wife and mother’s passing. Bonnie was always so full of life, with the biggest smile, from the time we met at SVA through all the reunions that followed. May she be welcomed into God’s Heavenly Kingdom. Our prayers

- Joyce and Clifford Hardwick, Atlanta , GA

We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for comfort! She always wore a beautiful smile on her face every time I saw her!!

- Haley and Jeremy Counihan , Savannah, Georgia

We are so very sorry to hear of Bonnie's death. You are all in our prayers. Tom & Maureen

- Tom & Maureen OBrien, Savannah, Ga

To Norbert, Kelsey, Helen and family. Sorry to hear about the lost of Bonnie. You are in our prayers. Sabrina, Ashlynn and Mary Chandler

- Mary Chandler, Tybee Island , Georgia

Norbert, we are saddened to hear about Bonnie’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and we will be praying for you and the family.

- Steve and Rebecca Peterson, Westville, FL

I know words don't do much with such a loss, but we really liked Bonnie, enjoyed her company, and we also like what Arnie and Sandy said below.

- Cooper & Deborah Glenn, SAVANNAH, GA

Norbert, our prayers are with you and your family during this time! Please accept our condolences and if you need anything don't hesitate to reach out. Praying for healing for you all.

- Wayne Kennedy, Yulee, FL

If ever there was an example of how to spread joy to the world, it was dear Bonnie. We'll do our best to pay it forward, sweet girl.

- Linda and Jeff Koenings, Tybee Island, GA

Norbert ...We are so very sorry at the loss of your Bonnie. We understand her choice to face her challenge without being a burden to anyone and that we respect. We will miss her genuine love for all she met; she knew no strangers. Our deepest sympathies to you and Kelsey and family. God Bless you all I'm this difficult time. Michael & Angela

- Michael & Angela Phillips, Savannah , GA

I am so sorry to hear about Bonnie. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family in this time of great sorrow.

- Carol Hohnerlein , Savannah, GA

Pray for me, as I will for thee, that we may merrily meet in Heaven, My Friend

- Mary Ann Cosnahan, Fortson, GA

I’m just now learning of Bonnie’s passing and my heart goes out to her family and friends. I had the privilege of working with Bonnie at May Howard and observing her love for the students she served. As a teacher, Bonnie was a natural; it was her calling. Always a team player, never an unkind word, always willing to offer support, totally organized, devoted to her students, an unparalleled example of teaching at its best and a blessing to have on staff. It was truly a joy to work with her. At this sad time, my prayer is that the peace of our Lord and Savior will abide with you now and in the days to come. Lillian Akins

- Lillian Akins, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

I am in total shock to learn of Bonnie's death. She has always been one of the most beautiful, warm hearted people I have ever know. She always brightened my day whenever I saw her. Dear Norbert and Kelsey, I cannot even express the depth of sorrow I feel for you.

- Venetia Butler, Tybee Island, GA

We just learned about Bonnie’s passing. So so sad to hear this news. Mickey remembers Bonnie living w her in Augusta while she was studying at MCG. Recalling what a truly sweet person she was. Condolences to Norbert and the family.

- Adamcaks, Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

Our world has lost such a special person who always had a smile on her face. I met her 35 years ago while working as the Lead for SLPs. She was so helpful & supportive to me as an outsider to the Savannah-Chatham schools. Bonnie was an outstanding clinician who also shared her time and talents with students from Armstrong State University. I was lucky to keep in touch with her over the years when we reconnected at various Tybee events. I will definitely miss her and my heart & prayers go out to Norbert, Kelsey & family.

- Conni Wambold, Savannah, GA

Norbert, I'm deeply saddened to learn of Bonnie's passing. I've been thinking about the time I met here. She was kayaking back behind Little Tybee with a friend and I was kayaking as well. I kept hearing this person talk about Norbert this and Norbert that. And I thought, "There can't be that many Norberts around Tybee" so I asked her if she was talking about you and she was. Such a nice and friendly person and I enjoyed knowing her through the years. May God walk with you in this time of grieving. Sincerely, Geoff

- Geoff Bowden, Savannah, GA

Norbert, Kay, and I were shocked to hear of the passing of your and our beloved Bonnie. What a wonderful person. Over the years, as we came to know you and Bonnie and the sweet care you gave Jim and Ann we so cherished Bonnie's lovely smile and sweetness. May God's grace comfort you and your family. With our love and hugs we offer our sincerest condolences. Darryl and Kay Armstrong

- Leland Darryl Armstrong, Eddyville, Kentucky

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200

  • A private burial will be held