September 6, 1946 – May 29, 2019
Bonita (Bonnie) Frank, age 72 died on May 29, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona.
Bonnie was born on September 6, 1946 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to parents Leo and Clara Benoit. She has four sisters (Lucy, Phyllis, Joan, and twin sister Connie) and two brothers (Mike and Pat). She graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1964. She married Brian Frank on June 11, 1966 and the couple had one child together, Julie.
Bonnie and Brian were married for almost 53 years. Throughout the years, they lived in several states including Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Arizona. They also enjoyed traveling the world with their friends. In her free time, Bonnie enjoyed reading, playing cards, coin collecting, genealogy, watching her Cubs play baseball on television and spending time with her family.
Bonnie is survived by her husband Brian of Surprise, Arizona; her daughter Julie of Surprise, Arizona; her two grandchildren Katie and Nick of Surprise, Arizona and her six siblings. She is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Clara Benoit of Rockville, Minnesota.
A funeral is scheduled for Bonnie on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Surprise Funeral Care with a reception to follow at their home located at 15523 W La Salinas Ln. in Surprise Arizona. We would like to thank family and friends for the generous help and support over the past two years.
- Memorial Celebration Thursday, June 6, 2019
Chris Kortan Olmschenk
June 9, 2019
I have lots of great memories of spending time with Bonnie and her family. I remember taking a few car trips as a little girl to go and visit the places were Bonnie, Brian, and Julie lived. A few times I remember Grandma and Grandpa coming along so I would have to squeeze into the back of the station wagon with all of the luggage and bags. It was so much fun.
We went visiting in Chicago and then got to go to the huge JCPenney store where Brian worked. I also remember Bonnie being so nice to me and Harry the dog whom I was attached to since I didn’t have a dog at home. They made lobster one night for dinner which was really yummy with the melted butter. They played lots of cards.
I remember Michigan as well. Bonnie took me for bike rides into which seemed like a huge wooded forest with lots of curvy and hilly paths. One time I saw a porcupine climbing a tree. We also went to Mackinac Island which was really fun too. Brian’s store was much smaller in Michigan too, but I do remember buying a new swim suit there. A mono-kini which is in fashion again.
Bonnie was a very kind hearted and generous person. She always had a happy smile on her face. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to Brian, Julie, and family and especially her siblings as they say goodbye to a fantastic sister.
❤️ Chris Kortan Olmschenk
June 5, 2019
My prayers are with You; Bonnie, and your family.
May God bless you at this difficult time.
June 5, 2019
Truly a beautiful person, didn’t know her than my working relationship with my dear friend Brian, but every contact she was cheerful and full of life. My sincere and loving condolences to members of family; all shall be in my thoughts and prayers . May God grant you his peace in time. Brian, you will always be special to me.
June 4, 2019
I remeber my aunt Bonnie with her smile and laugh. I remember her as a young lady spending time with us when we lived in Minneapolis. She was always the cool blonde aunt. One time in fact she even convinced my mother to dye my hair blonde. I still have a picture of myself in approximately fourth grade with blonde hair and black roots.
When I was in seventh grade I went with Bonnie Brian and Julie to their home in Minneapolis to take care of Julie while they worked for a week. In exchange I got to go shopping and bought a red bean bag chair for my bedroom. It was so much fun! I also remember that trip as Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown song was on the radio and I to this day can still sing every word.
We will miss you and love you much Brian & Julie 💕. Mary Kortan Glavan
Bruce and Linda Hill
June 4, 2019
Dear Brian and Families,
We were saddened to hear of your loss Brian. Although, we did not know Bonnie, the way you spoke of Bonnie it's like we did. Sounds like she was surrounded by her loving family these past few years.
It will take time, however, Bonnie's many positive memories will live on in a new and meaningful way.
Take care my friend.
Bruce and Linda
June 3, 2019
I always enjoyed spending time with Aunt Bonnie throughout my childhood. She once gave me one of her Chicago Cubs t-shirts and in exchange I gave her one of my Minnesota Twins t-shirts. We talked about that for years. Bonnie also gave me my first camera as a birthday present. I remember the good time Chip Koran and I had when we stayed at her house in St. Louis Park, MN as kids. I loved it when she came to visit.
I will remember Bonnie as having a terrific smile and bubbly personality. She was always kind and took an interest in others. She told great stories too!