Bonnie Lynn Shepherd

September 29, 1963 - January 2, 2002

09/29/1963 - 01/02/2002

Past Services

Wednesday January 02, 2002
Princess Anne Memorial Park
1110 N. Greatneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA
757 481-1097 | Directions
Monday January 07, 2002
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Tuesday January 08, 2002
12:00 pm
Spring Branch Community Church
1500 N. Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA

Bonnie Lynn Shepherd, 38, of Virginia Beach, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend passed away and entered heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002.

Bonnie was a native of New Jersey, born in Passaic, New Jersey. She was the owner of the Steps Ahead Hair Design Studio in Virginia Beach. She was also a member of the Salon Owners Association, the Aveda Salon Owners Association and the Spring Branch Community Church.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, William Paul Shepherd; and their 18 month old son, Grant Lucas Shepherd; father and mother, Michael and Verna Fedoriw; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas and Joan Shepherd of Capon Bridge, WV; three sisters, Denise Fedoriw of Virginia Beach, Kathy Brown and her husband, Robb of Frankford, NJ, and Shelley Montanio and her husband, Michael of Hopatcong, NJ; brother, Russell Fedoriw and his wife, Carrie of Wilson, NC; sister-in-law, Sydney Shepherd of Arlington, VA and two brother-in-laws, Stephen Shepherd and his wife, Debbie, of Little Rock, AR and Lawrence Shepherd of Seoul, Korea; along with a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends and clients.

A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002 at 12:00 PM in the Spring Branch Community Church at 1500 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Entombment will follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach Chapel, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. At Bonnie’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Spring Branch Community Church for the Grant Lucas Shepherd Education Memorial Fund, 1500 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

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Dee Akright
8 years ago

Bonnie breezed into my life when she hired me to photograph her & Willie’s wedding day. Over the years we tried in our hectic lives as 2 business women to stay in touch.

We referred clients to each other, & of course bumped into each other at the weddings of her many friends. We always promised to get together, but never really did. But that didn’t matter to Bonnie. Whenever our paths did cross, she always greeted me like an old friend. It was just her way.

Bonnie was vibrant, open, fun, & loved by many. When it came to those she loved, she was brave & self-less. She was a breath of fresh air & I will miss her so very much.

To Willie, if there is anything I can do, please ask. I wish we could’ve taken that family portrait.

To Grant, you are blessed with a strong & loving father, & a mother who loved you so very much. May you inherit her heart & soul.

To everyone, take the time to be with the people you care about…Bonnie’s watching.

Dee Akright

Dee Akright Photographers

William and Gloria Fedoriw
8 years ago

Bonnie, you will never be forgotten as being the shear joy to be with. Your energy and goodness in life has touched us all. God be with you.

Bill and Gloria

Andrea & Christopher Shearer
8 years ago

Dear Denise & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

I would like to share a verse with you that has comforted me in years past:

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

With our deepest sympathy,

Christopher & Andrea Shearer

Peter and Jill Sardella and family
8 years ago

Dear Denise and family,

Words cannot express our sorrow. Please know that your friends are thinking of you and praying that Bonnie finds peace.


Peter, Jill, Madeline and Alex Sardella

Lisa Gilbert
8 years ago

Dear Willie & family:

I was a client of Bonnie’s before she became the owner of the salon. We spent some very special times talking, laughing & sharing. She is one of the most courageous people I have ever known and always had a kind word for everyone. She spoke often and lovingly of her family Her eyes lit up when she talked about Willie and Grant!. She touched so many lives-I feel lucky to have known her. I hope that you will be able to find peace in knowing how much she was loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.


Lisa Gilbert

Dana Stewart
8 years ago

Denise, my thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you during this sad and difficult time.


Barbara Burgess
8 years ago

I just want to say how very much Bonnie will be missed. As one of her clients, I always enjoyed seeing Bonnie. She had such a way of making you feel so much better. My husband has been dealing with cancer during the same time as Bonnie and we would talk, sometimes, about how things were going for both of us. She always had such a positive attitude that I would come away feeling much more positive about our situation. Bonnie was just a wonderful person and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to know her.

Christina Underwood, Chris Horn, Marcus Fuss
8 years ago

I only knew Bonnie through our church SBCC and we have prayed for her tirelessly. Our wishes for her were to have a full recovery and now that she is with her Lord, our prayers were answered in that there will be no more pain and she will live in eternity. She will no longer have to fight to live, she lives eternally. To her family that is grieving, she lives on in all of us, especially Grant and she is with God now, that is the most comfort that anyone could ever ask for in the midst of this type of sorrow. My sincerest condolences and prayers are with you in this time of need. God Bless and Keep You.

Linda Dragas-Hall
8 years ago

I send my deepest sympathies for your devastating loss to all of Bonnie’s family. I only knew Bonnie from the perspective of a client, but I always looked forward to seeing her lovely face and exchanging some family chit-chat with her. She loved and respected all of her family and often said that they all meant the world to her. Bonnie shared many beautiful stories about her son’s antics and I know that she will be close to him in spirit as he faces all that is ahead of him. Much love to you all, Linda

Eleanor McRae
8 years ago

My condolences to the family. When i met Bonnie she was being watch over by the best.God,Mom, and Mom-law.I told her she had the best. E.McRae CNA at DePaul Hospital

Harry and Terrie Tully
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time in your lives.May your loving memories help give you comfort.We will continue to ask for peace from our Lord. Sincerely, One of your Spring Branch family members.

Kimberly Lane
8 years ago

Thank you for the opportunity to know Bonnie for a short time during our search for a nanny for Grant. Please accept our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. You are in our prayers.

Heaven’s Hands Nanny Research Agency

Karal Gregory
8 years ago

To the family and friends of Bonnie: My thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked with Bonnie briefly at Steps Ahead in 2000; her friendship, laughter and caring attitude made such an impact on me at a difficult time in my life. I am thankful that I knew her, and my thoughts go out to you.

Sincerely, karal gregory

Bryan McFarland
8 years ago

To the Sheppard and Fedoriw families,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Bonnie’s Passing. I share the tremendous grief and pain that exists when losing a loved one so young in life. I reflect to remember Bonnie with her smile and giggle and will remember how she and the Fedoriw family has touched me in life. I will pray that you may find the strength to endure this painful time and live to allow Bonnie’s glow enlighten your life. I did not know her of late, but know that she brought a smile to those she touched.

With deepest sympathy, Bryan McFarland

Tom Nichols
8 years ago

To Willie and Family,I never met Bonnie ,but I have known Willie for many thoughts and prayers are with you.

respectfully ,

Tom Nichols

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Molly Mugler Williams
8 years ago

To Willie and family:

There are no words to ease the pain in your hearts at this time. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers,. Willie, you have always been there for my brother, Pat, please lean on him now to help you threw this…I know he thinks the world of you……Molly Mugler Williams

Nancy Fedoriw, Julia Fedoriw
8 years ago

We were sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jennifer Welsh
8 years ago

Willie and Grant,

I am so sorry that Bonnie is gone. She made the world a happy and better place. I was a client of hers for the 5 years that I lived in Va Beach and I am so glad that I got the opportunity to know her. Grant, I pray that you will know what a wonderful person she was and how very much she loved you and your dad. She always used to joke that with the two of you she would never have anything on the tv but sports!

She will be missed by so many. God bless you both.

Jenny Welsh

Mike Dopp
8 years ago

Willie- our deepest sympathies for you and your family. You are in our prayers. Mike and Darlene Dopp

Terrina & Linc Thomas
8 years ago


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Grant during this sad time. Please let us know if we can help with anything!


Terrina & Linc Thomas

Joan G, Ware
8 years ago

Willie, Grant & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She was a great person, wife and a wonderful mother. She will sincerely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Sincerely, Joan Ware

Keith R. Calhoun
8 years ago

Willie, I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. If I can do anything for you, please call me. You and your family are in my prayers.

Chris and Susie Bourne
8 years ago

Willie, we are so sorry to hear about Bonnie. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. We are thinking about you and Grant, Chris and Susie