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Bonnie Baldrun Paetkau

April 21, 1938 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Bonnie Paetkau Obituary

PAETKAU, Baldrun “Bonnie”
April 21, 1938 - December 4, 2023

Bonnie Paetkau (Johnson) died peacefully at home surrounded by family. The eldest of four sisters,
Bonnie was raised in the Icelandic community of Siglunes near Lake Manitoba, on her family’s large
farm.

At 16, Bonnie taught grades K-12 in a one room school house but left Manitoba at age 17 to attend
Ryerson University in Toronto. During the summer of 1956 Bonnie ventured to Hay River, NWT, where
she helped organize a festival and ended up falling for the young man she recruited to play the horse’s ass
in a skit. His name was Eric Paetkau. Eric and Bonnie were married in San Diego in 1959 before finding
their way to the Sunshine Coast that same year.

Bonnie was a business owner, mentor, great friend, exceptional cook, and an active member of her
community. As a pillar of the Anglican Church, Bonnie was an early and powerful advocate for
inclusivity and played a pivotal role in St. Hilda’s (Sechelt) being one of eight parishes within the Diocese
to support same-sex unions. In 2012, Bonnie was awarded the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster.
Pre-deceased by her parents Oskar and Olga Johnson, her sister Olof, her daughter Ingrid (1966), and her
granddaughter Soren (1994), Bonnie is survived by her sisters Alda and Heather.

The much loved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and “Amma” of our family, Bonnie leaves behind her loving
husband Eric, her children Karin (Karsten Kydland), Carla (Jack Bryson), Guy, Mark (Nicola), and David
as well as her beloved grandchildren; Molly, Lydia, Bjorn, Malcolm, Duncan, Ingrid, Owen, Brynja,
Rhys, Blythe, Zya, Lauren, and Oskar.

To know her was to love her
Samuel Rogers

In lieu of flowers please support donations@sthilda.ca “Outreach” to help locals in need.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring.

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