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Penelope Stockton Bonsall

August 20, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Penelope Stockton Bonsall, 66, of Cape Coral, formerly of Arlington, Va., Anchorage, Alaska, and Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Cape Coral. Born Oct. 20, 1947, in Philadelphia, to Rodney and Mary Bonsall, now deceased, Ms. Bonsall was baptized Episcopalian in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

A former Alaska election official and data processing expert, Ms. Bonsall served as director of the Office of Election Administration, Federal Election Commission, for nearly 20 years prior to retirement. She was one of the select few members chosen to make up the U.S. team to visit Russia to observe the first democratic elections held in the mid-1990s.

She is survived by her sisters, Ellen (Isabel) Bonsall Fernandez (and her husband, Alvaro Fernandez), Frances Bonsall Marshall (and her husband, H. James Marshall), her brother, Stephen B. Bonsall (and his wife, Donna Leimkuhler Bonsall); her aunt, Patricia Bonsall; nine cousins; seven nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and nephews. She sadly leaves behind her best friend from her days at George Washington University, Vivienne McConnell Collins, and the love of her life, the Hon. Bruce S. Mencher, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge of Washington, D.C.

The family has planned a memorial service Oct. 18 in Valley Forge, Pa. The time and location will be announced via

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL, 33909.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, FL is entrusted with final care.



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