Bonnie J. Anderson

November 21, 1923October 14, 2020

Bonnie Jean Anderson, 96 of Longmont passed away October 14, 2020 on the family farm where she had been living with her daughter, Shelly for the past 4 weeks. Bonnie was born November 21, 1923 in Hastings, NE to Raymond & Hazel (Sherman) Nelson. She was raised in Hastings where she graduated from Hastings High School & attended Hastings College before moving to Ft Collins, CO with her family and attended the CSU music school. She & her sister Patti worked at the family photography business, Nelson Studios during high school & college years. The family moved to Longmont & Bonnie was named Miss Photographic Dealer of 1947 out of 500 contestants. On December 28, 1947 Bonnie married Craig Anderson from rural Longmont at the Longmont Presbyterian Church. They lived in Longmont for a short period before moving to the family farm in the Rinn Community. Bonnie was very active with the Rinn Methodist Church in many capacities. Bonnie was an accomplished pianist & piano teacher where her theme-based recitals were the highlight of her students, especially during Halloween where she would decorate the house. Bonnie & her students wore elaborate Halloween costumes & they all played Halloween music. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Craig of 62 years, her son Bobby, her parents & sister, Patti. She is survived by her children, Launa (John) Thompson, Brad (Kelley) Anderson, Scott Anderson & Shelly Anderson. 5 grandchildren, Craig, Katie, Mark, Richard & Benjamin & 8 great grandchildren, nephews Steve Nygren, Dan Dolton, Doug Dolton & niece Debra (Dolton) Smith, and her dear friend Lydia Folger whom has been a part of her life the last 10 years. Thank you to all the staff at Life Care Center & a big thank you to caregivers, Tricia Guntle & Suzanne Thompson & Suncrest Hospice Care. The service will be on Saturday November 7, 2020 at 10am at Rinn Methodist Church 3783 Bella Rosa Parkway, Frederick CO 80504. Due to Covid restrictions, seating will be limited & livestream will be available through the church website at In lieu of flowers, Memorial gifts can be made to Rinn UMC in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel 326 Terry Street Longmont, CO 80504. Friends may leave condolences on the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel website. Cremation has been entrusted to the Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory.


7 November

Memorial Service

10:00 am



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Roylene Phillips

October 21, 2020

She was such a sweet person and very sweet to Patti when they both lived at Millbrook. The last picture of her waving in the sunshine just lifted my heart.

Janet Erickson

October 21, 2020

Brad, Launa, Scott and Shelly, I'm sorry about your mothers passing. She was such a special lady, always so kind and loving. I always looked forward to my weekly piano lessons growing up and spending time with your family.
Bonnie will be greatly missed and thought of fondly.
My deepest sympathy and love,
Janet (Johnston) Erickson

Claire Sandford

October 20, 2020

Thinking of you during this time of loss and healing. Love to you and your family.

Fred Goheen

October 19, 2020

So sorry for your loss Shelley. Your mom was so special and so enjoyed chatting with her when I came to tune her piano. Always upbeat and really cared about her piano students and very creative when it came time for her recitals. She will be missed.

Jennifer Holderby

October 17, 2020

Shelly and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Her spirit was as beautiful as her smile. May she rest in peace in the arms of her beloved Lord Jesus. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.


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