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Bonnie Lynn Zea, of Onamia, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at her home.  She was 70 years old.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held from noon-3:00 pm on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Bonnie & Mike’s home in Onamia.  A time of remembrance will be held at 1:00 pm.

Bonnie Lynn (Goldsmith) Zea, of Onamia, Minnesota, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at home with her family by her side.  She was 70 years old.

Bonnie was born on May 4, 1950, in Mora, Minnesota to parents Robert and Marilyn (Herr) Goldsmith. She attended Mora Schools for 2 years, and then moved with her family to Onamia, Minn. She attended Onamia Schools and graduated from Onamia High School in 1968. 

Bonnie attended St. Cloud State University from 1968-1972 to obtain her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and art.  In 1972 she began her career teaching second grade at Cove School on the south end of Lake Mille Lacs.  She taught there for 2 years before the new Onamia School was built.  She spent her 35-year career teaching second grade for the Onamia School District before retiring in 2007.

Bonnie was united in marriage to Michael Zea on July 24, 2004 at their home in Onamia.  Bonnie and Mike loved to travel to tropical destinations and enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, Grenada, and Belize.  Bonnie loved to snorkel, even though she couldn’t swim, and was able to feed and pet sharks and stingrays during her adventures.  

Bonnie loved getting together with her friends and just being able to laugh.  She was an avid reader, and enjoyed taking art classes and painting.  She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Marilyn Goldsmith. 

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Michael Zea; daughter, Erin Schenk (Jeremy Haugen); grandsons, Grayson and Alden Haugen; brother, David (Linda) Goldsmith; father and mother-in-law Larry and Patricia Zea; siblings-in-law, Pam (Dennis) Flynn, Rebecca Green, and Jeff Zea; special nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

3 thoughts on “BONNIE L. ZEA”

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bonnie, who was our oldest son’s teacher, and the Goldsmiths are a big part of our memories from our Onamia years. She will be missed

    Marlene and Darwin Nelson (Onamia Vocal music teacher 1971-81)

  2. Rest in peace my friend. Although we haven’t seen each other since graduation in ’72 I have vivid memories of all the years we roomed together at St. Cloud. In many ways the three of us (You, Judy and I) matured together. Of course that assumes we were immature when we all met at Hill Hall the fall of ’68. In hindsight I was the only one with no clear direction, I turned out OK Bonnie. I left Minnesota shortly after graduation and have lived on the west coast ever since. I regret we never got together to relive those years and now we wont. You and yours are in my prayers this sad sad day. Love you Bonnie
    Susie Felix-Mueller

  3. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie’s family and friends. I rented the upstairs of Bonnie’s Milaca house before Erin came along and some year later became their backyard neighbor. Spent many evenings laughing with her and Sharon W. on their patio. Such a great lady who touched the lives of so many in her teaching carrier. Rest in peace dear Bonnie. Until we meet again – Pam Novak

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