A Tribute to a dear friend, Bonnie Roberts

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Psalm 116

15           Precious in the sight of the Lord

Is the death of His saints.

1 Thessalonians 4

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.


A dear friend of our family went to be with the Lord early Monday morning. Her parting from here, though difficult for those of us who loved her and for her family, was precious in the sight of the Lord. Bonnie Roberts started the Naperville Men’s Glee Club over 30 years ago. 20 years ago, I joined the group and began a friendship with Bonnie that impacted me and my entire family. Four of our children participated in concerts with the glee club, two of my sons were members and one is currently the assistant director. Bonnie loved them all and treated them like they were her family. (We are not unique, she treated other men’s families as she did ours, this was her heart.)


Bonnie loved the children and spent time in focused conversation with them. Throughout her life, Stefani knew that she was important to her. Bonnie’s love for music was something she hoped the next generation would catch from her and develop. In many ways, the glee club was Bonnie’s extended family; we called ourselves “brothers in song” and we felt a family tie with Bonnie leading us to higher and higher performance standards. In retrospect, we knew she cared for us and that care enabled us to be under her leadership in a unique familiy relationship.


While NMGC is a large part of Bonnie’s legacy, secondary to her children and grandchildren of course, I will always appreciate her love for spiritual music. Men of all religious and non-religious backgrounds would whole-heartedly sing songs of faith, songs of redemption, and songs of heaven together. I believe this music was Bonnie’s first love. Yes, the fun songs were fun to do and the classical songs had their unique beauty, but songs of faith and hope in the God of faith and hope brought out her greatest passion. Bonnie loved the Lord Jesus Christ and had placed her faith in Him early in her life. She led church choirs in different places and times. And Bonnie loved to lead us to sing songs of powerful praise. Great hymns like “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “ “Steal Away to Jesus,” “Cantique,” and “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound” were among the favorites of us all. She chose good music, sometimes difficult to sing, but when presented was beautiful in its chords, progressions, highs and lows.


According to the passage above, Bonnie, who went to sleep in Jesus, will come again with Him. No, for the believer, death is not permanent, it is temporary, so while we miss you already, Bonnie, we will see you again in the presence of our Lord. Thank you for your love for music, for spiritual music, but mot of all, for your love for us.



One thought on “A Tribute to a dear friend, Bonnie Roberts

    Bonnie Roberts said:
    November 19, 2019 at 1:35 am

    From Fred Roberts: Pastor Steve, I was looking through Bonnie’s emails and found you had written this tribute to her. Thank you for expressing your love for her and her love for the Lord, her family and you and your family and many others. I believe she was a true servant of the Lord and that He was working through her as one avenue to present His message, and to demonstrate her unwavering love for Him, even while she was suffering from tremendous physical pain and agony, to those whose path crossed with hers. Never complaining or questioning or looking for sympathy, even when these afflictions continued to mount in number and severity until her body could take no more and she was faced with her own death. Not everyone witnessed this aspect of her life, but having lived through this with her day to day for 17 years, I was blessed to witness it and feel it is my responsibility and calling to share this aspect of her great faith and love for Him with others. Fred

    Bonnie Klee Roberts, Conductor Naperville Men’s Glee Club Voices of Hope

    Sent from my iPhone


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