Bonnie Jane Burkhalter Rodenburg was born October 17, 1937, in the Philippines where her father was stationed. She died on February 5, 2022, in Safety Harbor, Florida. She grew up in the Air Force, moving numerous times when her father was transferred. One memorable assignment was in Nome, Alaska, where Bonnie attended school wearing parkas and mukluks. When Bonnie was 14 years old her parents added her little sister Ann to the family much to her delight.
Following graduation from high school, Bonnie attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri. She subsequently married and was blessed with 2 sons, Steve and Mark Schultz. In July 1969 she married Charles (Charlie) Rodenburg, the love of her life until his death in 2004. Bonnie and Charlie welcomed their son Jim in 1978. The family lived in Farmingville, New York, while Charlie was employed at Grumman Aerospace Corporation. Charlie retired and they moved to Lynn Haven, Florida, in 1996 to be close to her sister and brother-in-law and to Gainesville where Jim attended college. Bonnie was employed by the IRS while in New York and was a volunteer and then part-time employee at the Visual Arts Center in Panama City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven, Florida.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, Harry N. and Ruth T. Burkhalter, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hayo and Mena Rodenburg and her beloved husband, Charlie. She is also preceded in death by her step-niece, Robin Lotane. She is survived by her sons Steve Schultz (Melissa), Mark Schultz, and Jim Rodenburg (Claudine); her sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Jim Fyfe; grandchildren Amy Gums (Tyler), Chris Schultz and Brian Schultz; and great grandson, Ethan Gums. She is also survived by step-nieces Karen (daughters Ashley and Abbie) and Jeanie.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 5 at the First Presbyterian Church of Lynn Haven, Florida, with Rev. Lisa Martin officiating. Her ashes will then be interred by her close family next to her husband, Charlie. Because of her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to an animal welfare group of your choosing.
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