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Bonnie Jean Anderson     February 5, 1928 – July 1, 2023        Buffalo, Minnesota

Bonnie Jean (Logan) Anderson passed away peacefully in hospice at Lake Ridge in Buffalo, Minnesota on July 1, 2023.

Bonnie was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Hale Roberts Logan and Thirza Cecelia (Mason) Logan and raised in the home of her grandparents Patrick William Mason and Eva Nellie (Huntington) Mason.  Her only sibling, Robert Hale Logan, passed away in 1961. Her husband, Morris Edward “Ed” Anderson preceded her in death in 2021 as did a son, Edward Robert Anderson, who died in 1966 at age 2.

Surviving are two daughters: Erin Walsh of Buffalo and Elin (Dan) Zaccaro of Cary, NC; five grandchildren: Cora Walsh (Luke Hollenkamp) of Minneapolis, Eva Walsh (Jon Dorn) of Fairhaven, MA, Logan Walsh of Madison, WI and Warren and Kevin Zaccaro of Cary, NC; and three great-grandchildren who brought her much joy.

Bonnie attended the University of Missouri at Columbia, earning a BA degree in journalism. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at the encouragement of her aunt, Evalyn (Mason) Dolph. Bonnie worked as a newspaperwoman in Springfield, Illinois and Lafayette, Louisiana before joining the US Navy and serving as a cryptographer at the Pentagon. At the WAVE officer training program in Rhode Island, she met naval officer Ed Anderson, and they were married in Harbert, Michigan in 1955 before moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana where she was again a journalist.  A few years later, they moved permanently to Kettering, Ohio, living there for 60 years before moving to Buffalo, MN in 2018.

When her husband became a private pilot, Bonnie decided to earn her license too, completing her IFR rating with the Mound Flying Club near Dayton, Ohio.  In 1977, Bonnie and Ed hosted an AFS exchange student from Finland, Päivi Leppänen Fonsén, currently of Helsinki, who remains close to the family.  Through the years their home was opened to many international visitors. Later, at an age when most people considered retirement, Bonnie enrolled in Wright State University, earning a B.A. in Spanish and a certificate to teach English as a Second Language. She spent many years as a volunteer ESL teacher in the Dayton area.

In Buffalo, Bonnie enjoyed accompanying Erin to music rehearsals and arts events and was affiliated with the Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Bonnie cherished “worthwhile”  literature, NYT crossword puzzles, swimming, and spirited discussions on wide-ranging intellectual topics. Bonnie was a life-long feminist, lover of the arts, devoted “Mormor”, “G.G.”, and “Grammar Police”, an epic Bananagrams player, and respected matriarch of the family with whom she loved spending time.

A private family remembrance is planned at a future date to honor both Bonnie and Ed Anderson.

 

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  1. Sandy Haegele

    Erin, you have my deep sympathy at the passing of your beloved Mother. I remember her so well from the times she came to rehearsals, performances and cast gatherings. I will always remember her advice to me following BCT’s first production. In a matter-of-fact voice she said: “Don’t quit your day job!” She always knew what was right. May she rest in peace.

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