Bonnie Pike of Atlanta peacefully passed away on Nov. 20 at age 76. Services were held on Nov. 23, at The Temple, with Rabbi Peter Berg officiating, and followed by a reception celebrating Bonnie’s life. Burial followed later in the week at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.
She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Larry; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Jake Sadowsky; sons and daugthers-in-law, Doug and Sunny, and Scott and Kim; grandchildren: Alex, Bekah, Avery, and Braque; sister, Elly Welt; brother, Marty Haykin; and her devoted caregivers, Juliana Gyekye and Corlene White.
She was born in Omaha to Pauline and Harry Haykin. Bonnie graduated from Central High School in Omaha in 1956, and she received her B.A. from S.U.N.Y. in 1979. She was an acclaimed playwright, winning the National Play Award in 1984 for Three Brass Monkeys while a resident playwright at The Theatrical Outfit. She also was an accomplished lyricist, teaming up with composer Michael Fauss for Pigs, The Judgment of Dec. 23rd, Sweet Sweet Auburn, and Pinocchio. She edited an English libretto of Franz Lehar’s Merry Wives of Windsor for Atlanta Lyric Opera, and she taught humanities at The Paideia School. She loved her family and friends, her work, music, food, and travel.
Memorials may be made to the Pike Family Organ Fund at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.