Vivian Bonsack-LangtonMarch 28, 1963 ~ November 4, 2017 (age 54)
Vivian Bonsack-Langton. Born March 28, 1963 in San Jose, California. Left too soon on November 4th, 2017 in Broomfield, Colorado while surrounded by friends and family.
Vivian. To know her was to love her. This was true for her family, her countless friends, and even those who had only met her once. No one knew this better than her husband and the love of her life, Timmy. They met while playing on a co-ed softball team in California. Timmy told her, “Don’t get serious, I’m moving to Colorado”. Once he moved, they talked on the phone so much that he said a plane ticket would be cheaper than the phone bill. He flew her out for a visit and she never left. They were married on April 2nd 1994. The following year they welcomed their son, Daniel. At the age of 3 1/2, Dan was diagnosed with leukemia. Viv and Timmy refused to give in to the disease. Viv never missed a step. She kept her head held high with a smile on her face and was a rock to everyone around her. Dan made it through five long years of treatment. Eight years after his diagnosis he was considered cured. As a result of the whole experience, Viv became extremely involved in the fight against Leukemia and became a huge advocate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
She was a natural at talking to anyone she met and making them feel like a friend. There was something about Viv that made one immediately think this was a person they could trust. She was compassionate and empathetic, with an overwhelming willingness to help those less fortunate or anyone who may need a hand or a voice. She was a fighter and an advocate for herself, her family, her friends, and those who needed such a strong ally. Her life’s mission was to help and teach others. She had a truly generous spirit of love, light and laughter that had the ability to heal and nurture.
Viv’s education was in non-profit and her dream was to start her own organization. She always played the lottery with the hopes that winning would provide her an opportunity to start a non-profit organization and help others. While she was waiting for her numbers to hit, she volunteered her time and energy to her community. Some of the organizations she was passionate about included Meals on Wheels, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU. Viv also loved to volunteer at her son’s schools. One of Viv’s favorite ways to go above and beyond was by feeding all of Dan’s cast mates whenever it was needed. She loved to play mom to all of Dan’s friends. She even sent some of them care packages when they went off to college.
Viv was an avid traveler and had the opportunity to see much of the world. One of Viv’s favorite trips was visiting family in Germany. Good thing she had Google Translator because Viv never learned German. Some of her other favorite travels included road trips with family and friends. She also loved international cruises and lots of rock-n-roll trips. Music was a huge part of Tim and Viv’s life and culture. They met many of their very good friends through concerts and music events.
Those that knew her best described Viv as a real life super hero, a soul sister and a forever friend. Her intense and deep personality drew others in and made them want to know what she was thinking and how she was feeling. She was wise and intuitive with a strong energy. Viv was an angel amongst men. She left behind a legacy of life lessons: make everyone you meet feel special, make every minute count, fight for what you believe in, live your life on your own terms and live like the rock star you are. Everyone who knew Viv felt it was an honor to be part of her entourage.
Although Viv is no longer physically a part of this world, she is still with every single person that has ever known and loved her. And instead of feeling sad, Viv would want us to celebrate her life and smile when we say her name.
The outpouring of condolences, love and laughter has been appreciated more than you know. If you would like to share any memories or stories of Viv, please feel free to post them on this site so that we can all share them with you. In lieu of flowers, Viv’s family asks that you consider making a donation in Viv’s name to one of her favorite causes. These organizations include Meals on Wheels, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU. Supporting any, or all, of these organizations would make Viv extremely happy. But the greatest honor we can all do in her name is to #livelikeviv.
Meals on Wheels
1550 Crystal Drive, Suite 1004, Arlington VA 22202
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook NY 10573