Source: News-Journal, January 26, 1953

Frank Bonewitz Died Late Sunday
Lifetime Grocer in North Manchester

Lewis Franklin Bonewitz, retired North Manchester grocer, died at 6:22 Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ora Goff, 2202 Thompson Avenue, Fort Wayne, where he and Mrs. Bonewitz went about a week ago to spend the winter. A stroke last Thursday was the immediate cause of death, but he had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Bonewitz from boyhood was identified in the grocery business in North Manchester, starting first with J.M. Jennings. He was employed at various times both in the Jennings and Daniel Sheller groceries, then with J.M. Jennings & Son, and for a time managed a chain grocery that was the forerunner of the Kroger store in North Manchester. For a number of years he operated a grocery on North Wayne Street, and still later on West Main, retiring a few years ago. Mr. Bonewitz was a son of Esli and Mary Elizabeth Chasey Bonewitz and was born at Wooster, Ohio, August 9, 1870. He married Martha McFann March 4, 1893. She survives together with the daughter and two grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Don Ross, preceded him in death. He was a member of the North Manchester E.U.B. Church and of the Masonic lodge.

The body was brought to the Bender Funeral Home where friends may call and where the funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. Walter House will conduct the service and burial will be in Oaklawn cemetery.