So sorry for the loss of Bonnie, I'm sure her mom and dad has welcomed her in heaven ;
I was so surprised to see Bonnie's obituary in our local paper. Bonnie and I were childhood classmates and friends in Palmer, MI. She taught me to draw when we were kids - even then she had an amazing talent! She was a quiet girl but we always had something to giggle about when we had sleep overs! We lost touch after elementary school but I often thought about her through the years and am so sorry I never got in touch with her again but she will remain a treasured childhood memory. My deepest sympathy to her husband and family - Betty Burke-Coduti
Bonnie and I were cross-hall neighbors in the Ruthven Museum for more than 20 years. She took delight in helping me with maps, illustrations of plants, and in sharing her art with me. She had that magical touch that make her pieces never grow old. Thank you so much for lighting my life Bonnie!
I grew up with Bonnie in Suomi Location and even though I had not seen her for many years, I remember her as a very talented person and wish I could have seen her more often.
-Her cousin, Bette
Bonnie was incredibly kind. She graciously tolerated every question and interruption from an inquisitive undergraduate in the Museum of Paleontology. A genuinely sweet person with a subtle, wicked sense of humor! I will always be grateful for everything she taught me.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie, and working with her when "Pippa" first came out. She was truly a sweet person, and a woman of enormous talent. My thoughts and prayers for serenity to her family and friends.
Bonnie, you made the world a more interesting and beautiful place. You will be missed by many, including me.
Bonnie was without a doubt one of the sweetest and most talented people I met while I was a graduate student studying paleontology in Ann Arbor. She was always willing to help me with figures for presentations and manuscripts, and I feel privileged that I was able to collaborate with her on a reconstruction of a fossil whale that was the subject of my Ph.D. research. I also fondly remember discussing our love of dogs and how we would often bring our dogs by to say hello when they were in the building. Bonnie was a gentle soul and will be dearly missed!
Bonnie and I worked together at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology for nearly 25 years - she had a gentle and kind spirit - as an artist she saw life from a different perspective than most - I learned a great deal from her view of the world. She was also one of only a few people I ever knew who had a pet bat, a remarkable relationship between human and animal that lasted nearly 20 years. I will miss Bonnie very much.
Bonnie and I started at the same time in the museum, and worked together for 25 years--she was unquestionably the nicest person in the building, and a great colleague and friend. I will miss her sense of humor, sharing pfeffernusse cookies with her around the holidays, her skill and wisdom at scientific illustration, and most of all the quiet, kind way she touched the lives of so many of us. She will be deeply missed.
As a fellow scientific illustrator who worked in the same building with Bonnie, I was lucky to count her as a friend and colleague. Along with her many interests, she was a movie buff—Bonnie and I often compared notes on films we'd seen. I'm really going to miss her and her gentle spirit. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.
I remember Bonnie as an extremely gentle, kind, helpful, and supportive co-worker at the Ruthven Museum (I was a secrtary in the Museum of Zoology). My heart is grateful for having had her as a friend, even for such a short time, and sad that she has passed on. I will remember her always as a very special lady. I send my condolences to all who mourn her loss.