Bonnie Gruber, age 65, of Cambridge died March 17, 2013 at Cambridge Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 21st at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Rev. Don Genereux officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 20th also at our Cambridge Chapel.
Bonnie Gruber embarked on her life exploration from Montevideo, MN on February 4th, 1948. That journey concluded and a new passage began on March 17, 2013 in Cambridge, MN.
“Go in peace…the journey on which you go is under the eye of the Lord.” Judge 18:6 (English Standard Version)
Bonnie searched for new paths to explore. Her youthful spirit, smile and giggle accompanied her down unfamiliar yet exciting roads. Her journeys inspired her love to explore state parks, hiking, and travelling with Paul and at least one Chihuahua at her side.
Bonnie shared her love of exploration through her teaching and tutoring, as she inspired students to explore their own new paths.
And, now a Bonnie begins a new journey, exploring a new path filled with light, love and joy. And, the path she now explores will take her farther and farther away from her pain, her suffering and her illness, until it is a speck of a memory. The path ahead of her is far brighter, with infinite curiosities to explore, than the one behind her.
Bonnie’s exploration here will be continued by her husband Paul Gruber; children Andrea (Tony) Alferness and Patrick (Karen) Gruber; sister, Carol Sandberg and her grandson Alex Johnson. She is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Welcoming Bonnie into her new journey are her parents Lawrence and Cora Hendrickson.
Bonnie’s family have an appreciation of flowers, but suggest that a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name would better honor her life, her journey and her courage.
Jim and Ginnie Richardson says
We were so sorry to hear Bonnie had passed away. We hope that you know we are here for you and that we care about you and your family.
Ginnie & Jim
Darrel Allen & Ceil Aker says
Paul and Family,
Just heard of Bonnie’s passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Darrel & Ceil
Judy Pickett says
Patrick and family,
So sorry to hear about your mother. May the family feel the love and peace of Christ surroung you all during the days, weeks and months ahead. May you hear her laughter in the children, and remember all the laughter, fun and life lessons she taught each of you.
Kari Meyer says
Paul, Andrea and family –
My deepest sympathy to you all. I am happy to have met Bonny and worked with her many years ago. Her “youthful spirit, smile & giggle” were my favorite things about her. Everyone in her path on her new journey will be touched and enriched by her friendship. Gods Peace. Kari Meyer
Tony & Andrea says
We will miss you very dearly, we love you. May God bless you on your new journy.
Love Tony and Andrea
Deb Graphenteen says
I worked with Bonnie for many years at Anoka Technical College. I was the receiver of many of her hugs daily, which enriched and encouraged me.
Bonnie was very passionate about her students learning and working out a way to acheive it by doing whatever was necessary.
Bonnie was one of God’s angels on earth and she will be welcomed with open arms in heaven.
May God Be with you through this difficult time.
Bob & Carol Kumbera says
We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
Bob & Carol
Karen Bronshteyn says
This write-up about Bonnie is so beautiful and perfectly suited to her spirit. Bonnie was always ready to go for a walk and see what she would find and who she would run into. I really loved that about her.
Donovan Jackman says
Bonnie enriched my life, like all she touched. She will always remain in our hearts and our dearest memories. So sorry for your loss.
Gwen Morales says
Dear Paul and family, I am sorry for your loss, yet happy that such a wonderful woman shared her life with you. I worked in the college and had occassional contact with Bonnie. When I think of Bonnie, I remember her as in the above photo. She was ALWAYS smiling and often, a giggle and an expressive twinkle of an eye accompanied her conversation. Students loved working with her. She came into our class once, along with her coworker, to demonstrate how NOT to dress and act during a job interview. We had tears coming out of our eyes, we were laughing so hard. It was a refreshing, engaging presentation. May you be comforted by her loving spirit, which even now, may bring you peace. ~~Gwen M.
Marie & Terry Wilson says
Dear Pastor Patrick and family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. The write up is perfect and she truly is on a new journey.
Terry & Marie Wilson
carol haack says
I had the privilege of working with Bonnie for ten years. She was a supportive colleague who loved our students. Because of her efforts instituting College Success seminars, students became aware of support services right away. Without her tutoring and caring, many students would not have succeeded. She made a huge contribution to all of the lives she touched.
I learned about Prescott from Bonnie. “It’s dog-ville,” she told me, “and, if it snows you just wait an hour or two and it melts.” Mana from heaven to Minnesotan ears. I feel profound sorrow that she never got the opportunity to show me trails that she had discovered there. It would have been so wonderful to have had the opportunity to continue our friendship in Arizona. I will think of her with love when I walk my dog Frits around the town square.
I am sorry that I won’t be able to attend her service in person but will be present in spirit. Love, laughter and learning is what sustains us. Bonnie experienced all three in spades.
Ervin and Jean Stubblefield says
Pastor Pat and family,
May God embrace all of you with his love. Our love to all.
Ervin & Jean Stubblefield
Glenn Larson says
Paul and family, Sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing, we all will miss her smiles. Glenn Larson
Bonnie Gruber says
Paul and family, we are so sorry to hear about Bonnie. It has been many tears snce we last saw Bonnie but I will always remember her great smile. May God guide you through this diffecult time and bring you pease. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary & Karin Evenson
Brian and Linda (Eid) Schliep says
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Jo Billings Meier says
Paul and family….so sorry for your loss.
Jane Blakesley says
Andrea and Family ~~
I am so very, very sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I have so many very fond and loving memories of growing up from a very young age with all of you and spending so many years so close. I will always be able to close my eyes and hear Bonnie’s laughter and see the joy in her eyes. We had some wonderful time. I know she was deeply loved and will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you these days,