Bonnie Lee Gonzales (1948 - 2018)

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Bonnie Lee Gonzales

Longtime Clam Gulch resident Bonnie Lee Gonzales, 70, died peacefully Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at her home in Clam Gulch.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2–5 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Alaska Roadhouse (formerly the J-Bar-B), 48289 Golddust Drive, Soldotna AK. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Bonnie was born May 29, 1948 in Bethel, Alaska. When she was 8, her family moved to Prescott, WI. Her family returned to Anchorage and Bonnie graduated at East Anchorage High School in 1966. She then attended college and received her degree as a registered LPN. Soon after, she went to California where she met her husband Bob Gonzales. Together they traveled back to Alaska, and lived in Girdwood with their 2 baby daughters.

In 1979 work led the family to Puyallup, WA, where they raised their daughters. Bonnie was the PTA President at Stewart Elementary and earned the Golden Acorn award. She also was a talented entrepreneur and artist. During the Washington State Fair she owned and operated the popular Bonnie's Burgers stand. The rest of the year was spent enjoying pressing flowers and creating custom stained glass art. Bonnie also loved playing softball and was an all-star pitcher. Many years later, after the death of her husband in 2000, she again returned to her beloved Alaska where she settled in Clam Gulch. She was a proud supporter of the Way-Out-Women organization.

She was preceded in death by her father Ronald William Johnson, sister Jeanne Johnson, and husband Bob Gonzales.

She is survived by her mother, Hanna Stormo of Kasilof; brothers Emil, Harvey, Glen and Gary Johnson, all Alaska residents; daughters Sonja Gonzales and Lena Duncan (husband Kelly) of Renton, WA; grandchildren Trevor, Tia, Lauren and Raegan, all Washington residents; longtime companion Mike Hadoc of Clam Gulch; and her beloved Cocker Spaniel Millie.

The family said, "As word spread about your passing, family and friends described you in the same way we have known you as our mother. Hero, amazing, patient, funny, wise, a leader, gracious, kind, generous and most of all a teacher. You left a lasting impression on everyone and will be dearly missed. You did everything with perfection. From organizing our grade school PTA events, being our Girl Scout Leader to all the crafty things you created. Everything you did was nothing short of remarkable. Our best days together included cooking meals all day long with your grandchildren, laughing so hard it hurt and or coarse competitive Scrabble. Godspeed, Mom! Love, Lena and Sonja, both so proud to be your daughters."

Memorial donations or condolences may be made in memory of Bonnie to P.O. Box 106 – Clam Gulch, Alaska 99568.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 20, 2018
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