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

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

She 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 two 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.

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

She 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. 

She 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.

A celebration of her life will be held from noon-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 at Bonnie and Mike’s home in Onamia. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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