Just heard of this sad news and my prayers go out to you. I was Bonnie's roommate for a year at UMD. She was so sweet and quirky. I will never forget kind listening ear or her late night homemade carmel making!
Ellefson Family, When my kids were very young I would bring them to Nike to visit their father who worked in the same building as Bonnie. Bonnie always stopped to talk to my kids, and often sent them off with a fun little trinket to take home. She was always so sweet and kind, with such a gentle presence. They were always so tickled by the attention she gave them. We are incredibly saddened by the loss of such a beautiful person, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Bonnie will forever be such an indomitably bright spirit to me and to those whose lives she touched. We got to know each other at UMD and the words that come to mind when I think of Bonnie are "sweet & kind." I was so sad to hear about her passing. Thinking of Bonnie's friends and family at this time.
Dear Ellefson Family ~ I was a classmate with Bonnie for almost my entire school career and we shared a Birthday =) I will always remeber her as a kind and caring girl and my heart goes out to you with this loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
My heart goes out to the family for the deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Bonnie. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer and one another.
Bonnie touched my life as my first Nike friend and teammate. One of the many things I loved about her was her youthful vitality and curiosity. She loved exploring Portland (no one better at keeping it weird—in the best way!) , volunteering at the Children's Center and Hood to Coast relays, mixing with friends at fun Nike events, and being the braniac on our meet-in trivia team. She made good friends so easily because she was a caring and beautiful soul. She affirmed you, saw the good in you, and supported you. She was in your corner all the way.
Her memory inspires us to be kinder, to encourage us to listen to our inner voice, and be strong for each other. Bonnie, in every kindness and grace, you're here.
Hope and peace.
My deepest condolences on the loss of your Bonnie. My heart aches for all of you and for her. Her beautiful eyes, ever present radiant smile and generous heart will be sorely missed. You are all in my thoughts.
To the Ellefson Family-
My thoughts are with you. I was a classmate of Bonnie from high school. I remember her as a such a kind friendly girl.
Its so sad when someone that was loved by many, and touched the hearts of others is no longer here. Please accept my condolences. Please draw comfort from 1 John 4:8, God is love.
Dear Ellefson Family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Bonnie was a classmate of mine at NHS, and I always remember her as being a friendly, kind person. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
While I didn't know Bonnie, I know her father and always loved the stories he told of his girls when I would relay stories of my young children. He always speaks so fondly of his family. I am happy and saddened at the same time to hear all the sweet words about Bonnie in this guestbook. Prayers for the family and much love.
My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. You are in my prayers
To Jenny and the Ellefson family:
My deepest sympathies for your lost. I'm very sad to hear this and my heart goes out to Bonnie's family and friends.
Although Bonnie and I never met she was always kind and helpful when I had issues with SAP at Nike.
I was very saddened to hear of Bonnie's death. She was a wonderful person who always brightened up those around her and she will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to her family.
I am so saddened to hear of Bonnie's death. She was truly one of a kind -- with a generous spirit and a big open heart. She made a difference in the lives of all around her, and she will be missed. My sincere sympathy to her family.
Bonnie was the sweetest soul I have ever known. She made everyone feel welcome, and brightened our office with her smile, and her collection of tchotchkes. She loved kids and would send me home with trinkets and little toys for my daughter. Her desk was the most fun on the tour. Our hearts are broken. Peace to you, Bonnie. It won't be the same here without you.
I will miss you bright eyes. Your beautiful smile and sweet sweet soul. Your selfless acts of kindness and your light always shining so bright. We kniw you lived life full on this earth but now you can live to the fullest. I love you Bonnie
Bonnie I will miss your sweet smile, the way your laughter lit up a room and the warmth and kindness you always showed to others
You are loved and will be dearly missed
No one was ever sad or alone when Bonnie was around. She was always the one that grounded us in the most important thing - celebrating and appreciating each other. She will be missed -
Bonnie was my first RA at UMD. She was always so positive, thoughtful and a very genuine person. I know she will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Bonnie was such a kind, caring, loving, compassionate person. I have very fond memories of Bonnie and her joy and love of life. She loved kids and animals and inspired me all the time. Her crafty side is something we bonded over and she is the reason I started to crochet again. I will definitely be thinking of her on my next project. The world needs more people like Bonnie and I just feel honored that we met and became friends. Rest in Paradise my dear friend and know how very much you have impacted each and every person you came in contact with.
My greatest memory of Bonnie will always be when I took a new job at Nike. I left behind my little faux Christmas tree because I knew Bonnie would better use of it in the department than I would. She was just a happy soul. Rest easy... and be at peace.
My deepest condoleneces to Bonnie's family. I'll always remember her upbeat/unique personality. Her cube with its toys and trinkets were a must-see. Allow yourselves to grieve.
Thank you for being a wonderful colleague and friend. You were a great listener and teacher. Your friendly demeanor and expertise built almost immediate trust and respect. Your smile will be missed by those who knew you. My deepest sympathy for your family.
Bonnie was that fun and quirky bright light, I always enjoyed being around her energy. Always upbeat, a lovely woman. I am very sad for her family at their loss of this shining star. I know she has touched more people with her kindness and generosity than anyone will ever know.
What I'll always remember about Bonnie (when I mistyped her name as Boonie, she always laughed and never got angry) is her outgoing spirit. She was everybody's friend, always sharing goodies, telling a story that would bring a smile to your face...she was THAT kind of person. I believe she was the "one" who left army men...then animals...randomly on people's desks for about a month. We all tried and tried to figure out who it was and what it meant...Boonie, I FINALLY get it - it meant you cared about us. Rest in peace, and know that your presence is missed.
My deepest condolences to Bonnie's family. I knew Bonnie at UMD and will always remember her as a bubbly, kind, and goofy, in the best way possible, girl.
In our last visit during a project presentation, Bonnie expressed very positive and inspiring stories about her journey to living a healthy lifestyle. She was very happy with everything she had accomplished and will be missed by her Nike family.
I will miss Bonnie, we all will. She was a genuine, caring, and happy person. I feel lucky having had the opportunity to be her friend and coworker. She touched my life permanently.
What a tremendous loss. Bonnie was one of those cheerful people that I loved to be around. I have fond memories of our working together, the team rafting trip, how she always spoiled my boys with treats when they came to the office and listening to her wonderful accent. She will truly be missed. I will be praying for peace over her family during this difficult time.
Although I only met Bonnie a short time ago I was touched by her warm and caring personality anytime we crossed paths she was always smiling and had something nice to say, she was also a very giving person and will truly be missed...my deepest sympathies.
I was so happy to have been able to work with Bonnie, she always had a smile on her face. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family
Bonnie was so genuinely sweet to everyone. She was one of the first people that made me feel welcome at Nike and I will miss her dearly. I hope her family and friends know how much she loved them.
Stunned to learn of the loss. Bonnie was a joy - I loved the smiles, the knowledge, the willingness to help. Many thouhgts & prayers for family & friends at this time - reflecting on a great teammate, solid professional, and above all, an exemplary human being.
Bonnie continues to inspire me as one of the most genuine, truly caring, and emotionally intelligent people I've ever met. Her strength of character and bright disposition encouraged the best in everyone she encountered. I'm lucky to have worked with her at Nike. Love to all.
Bonnie -- smiling, thinking of the good things in the world, willing to share a kind word, bringing people together, and taking interesting pitures. We need to be more Bonnie like and I am better person for knowing her.
Such a wonderful person! I wish there will be many more people like Bonnie in the world.
Bonnie was always a cheerful and kind person. She will be greatly missed....this makes us all very sad, but we are all better people for having crossed paths with her. Our prayers are with you in this extremely difficult time.
I am sorry for your loss. Bonnie was a wonderful human being and will be missed by many.May the memories of Bonnie help you find peace.
Thank you for your spectacular kindness and being a beatiful example of how we should treat each other. You will be greatly missed.
I first met Bonnie at work about 8 years ago when I had the chance to work with her on a project. What struck me at the time was how she was so enthusiastic and eager to learn. What has struck me even more over the years is how kind-hearted, happy, and giving she was. Even when she was having a rare bad day, she was more concerned about how other people were doing.
I regret that I did not get to know her better. Her legacy is having been a living example of how to be a good and kind person.
I have only been at Nike for a relatively short time, but I quickly learned that Bonnie was one of those people that everyone loved and respected. She had a kind heart and gentle soul, and I know a lot of people here will miss her very badly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and we hope you all know how much Bonnie was loved in Oregon.
To Bonnie's Family: I am sorry for your loss of beloved Bonnie. She lit up every room she entered. Although I did not know her well, she always had a smile, a joyfulness, a kindness towards everyone. The Meet In Portland group activities is where I met her and I know many Portlanders are sharing in your grief. What a delightful person Bonnie was, may we all take lessons from her brief time here on eath. God Bless and Keep you especially during this time.
Always loved following you on facebook, to see what you were up too on the weekends, always out and about around Portland You were such a huge addition to our department, often helping me when I had questions. And then there was your candy drawer!! You will be missed. God bless you!
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May you rest in peace. Lighting a candle in your honor.
You are missed. The department will not be the same. I'll remember you. Kids will always remember you. The delight and happiness you passed on to others was the greatest gift.
Bonnie always had an infectious smile and sparkle in her eyes. She will be missed by many.
RIP Bonnie...you were such a sweet friend to me back when we worked at Nike in 2006. I will never forget when we ate lunch together almost everyday in each others cubicles, or on the couch in between your department and mine. Your kindness and thoughtfulness touched my heart.You reached out to me and became my friend when I didn't know anyone yet at Nike. My heart aches for your family. I love you Bonnie.
I grew up with Bonnie and Jenny. Bonnie was the first friend I made in the neighborhood. She was a great friend and always a happy. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
Work will not be the same without you Bonnie and all of your friends will miss you terribly.
Prayers for your family and loved ones.
The work place will be less sparkly and bright without Bonnie. She always had a smile and would always take time out to chat. You will be missed terribly, Bonnie. :(
I was fortunate to be a teammate of Bonnie's on our high school Mock Trial team, as well as a part of a number organizations that screamed Bonnie... Including Youth Helping Youth. Bonnie was always so sweet and had a smile for everyone. She had such an amazing view on life. My prayers for her family and the close friends she left behind.
Bonnie was a dear friend. We met at her first day at Nike and have been good friends since. I am still cant grasp that I wont share a laugh with you again here on earth. I hope you are there to meet me in the light when my time come my friend. My heart is better for having known you.
I was so blessed to have had Bonnie as a friend. I have missed her since she moved to Oregon, and still held out hope that she'd come back to Minnesota to stay, but not like this. Bonnie was my first friend in our church community, and she always treated everyone like a friend. She was a kid at heart, and always made me smile. Bonnie, you will be missed terribly.
I thought about you on St. Paddy's Day and remembered all the fun we had last year. I am so heartbroken that you are gone. I still have the adorable shirt you bought me when you knew I was struggling. You will always be one of the kindest, most beautiful people I have ever met. Rest easy my dear friend.
Sweet Bonnie. I'm grateful to have been your friend.