Obituary, Stories and Condolences for the late Bonnie Buhr
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March 17, 1954 - February 2, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bonnie on February 2nd, 2016 at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her parents James and Kathleen and survived by her daughters Jennifer (Ian) and Erin (Chris); sons Stephen and Nicholas; brothers Terry (Ines) and Randy; sister Lori (Brent) and grandchildren Eloise and Jackson.
Bonnie was born and raised in Winnipeg, but spent time living in Vancouver, Ann Arbor, and Waterloo before returning to Winnipeg. Ever since she was a young girl, she enjoyed the outdoors spending time with her family at War Eagle Lake in the Kenora area, swimming all the time or fishing with their dad.
Bonnie shared her love for the outdoors with her children. The family spent summers at Lester Beach and camping throughout the Whiteshell area, swimming, going for walks and picking blueberries. Bonnie was a loving mother, and she dedicated her life to her family. She was a compassionate and empathetic person who always put her children first, and was a second mother to her children's friends.
Bonnie loved to travel. When she was little she would lay on the grass and watch all the planes fly by and dream about the places in the world she would one day visit. During her lifetime, Bonnie travelled to many places including Mexico, Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, Quebec, Boston, Nova Scotia, and the southern states.
Bonnie was a beautiful and bright woman – inside and out. She cared greatly for her children, family, and friends who all knew that they could always count on her to be there for them. She will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank staff at the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Riverwood Square, and Victoria General Hospital for providing such great care and loving support for Bonnie after she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
A service in celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Video Tribute which was played at Bonnie's celebration of life service. Click the arrows at the bottom right to see it full screen.
From: Karen Smart Medeiros
February 5, 2016 @ 12:28 a.m.
One of our cherished memories with your family is Lester Beach. Bonnie was always a gracious host and didnt hesitate to invite us up every summer. She always took wonderful pictures. Windy days were especially fun on the beach! Thx for the memories!
Valley Fair is another fond memory! The drive was exhausting (and no devices on on the drive, imagine!). Minniapolis is so huge. I cant believe we camped! I was terrified! James has never forgiven me that he wasnt old enough for the roller coasters! We had a blast!
Remember the little window in the mud room? Compliments of James starting my car and hitting the house. Thank God no one was hurt! Lol, the car I bought from your mom, tough little car. It was good to James and I.
There are so many memories to share...your mom is the biggest blessing I could ever have asked for. I will miss her beautiful soul and kind heart!
RIP my dear friend... until we meet again.
From: Cathy Olive
February 5, 2016 @ 10:58 p.m.
My sincerest sympathy to Bonnie's family during this sad time of loss.
May the wonderful memories of Bonnie, along with the love & support of family & friends help you all through this most difficult time
From: Naomi Grayda
February 6, 2016 @ 6:06 a.m.
My condolences to Jenn and her family.
I pray you find peace in the beautiful memories you shared together.
From: Mary-Ann Roy
February 6, 2016 @ 2:14 p.m.
Bonnie had a wonderful calm gentle way about her. I remember the interest she would show as we spoke and how much she loved sharing about her children.
The last time I saw her she was showing signs of disorientation and forgetfulness but was still so sweet and attentive.
What a wonderful reception she will have received upon arriving Home.
From: Wendy Whitmore and family
February 6, 2016 @ 10:50 p.m.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.
Your Mom had one of the most kind and gentle spirits of any person I have met to this point in my life. Though we had drifted apart over the last several years, Bonnie and I were close friends when your family first arrived in Winnipeg in the 1990's. We religiously attended aerobic classes at RKCC three times each week, went on a weekend shopping trip to Grand Forks with a few other women friends from our Y Neighbours Group, and I also fondly remember spending a few days at Lester Beach with Bonnie, Stephen and Nicholas, and my 3 girls who were ages 5, 3, and 1 at the time.
I have a couple of pictures of Ellen and Kelly holding some very cute bunnies....I think Stephen and Nick were looking after the bunnies for the summer. I don't think Bonnie could ever say "no" to looking after any cute, cuddly animals!
I will also never forget when your Mom came to my rescue after an outbreak of head lice at St. Avila School. Ellen, Kelly and Sarah all had it, and I was at my wits' end because the lice had built up a resistance to the medicated shampoo that was recommended at the time. I thought we were never going to get rid of the problem, but your Mom suggested I soak the girls' heads in tea tree oil and that did it! No more lice!
I will always remember your Mom....I'm so very grateful our paths crossed in each others life's journey.
From: Lisa Deakin
February 8, 2016 @ 8:24 a.m.
Jenn and Ian, please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.
From: Mike Robson
An old school friend. Bonnie had a gentleness ,that I see in the photo, she never lost. Also, a smile on her lips and in her eyes that was evident in the video throughout her life.with her children and friends.
Peace be with you.