June 25, 1954 – October 18, 2010
Elizabeth “Beth” Bonham, died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital. There will be a visitation from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Memorial Service will be at a later date.
Beth was born in Bertha, MN to James and Marianne Potratz. She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1972. Beth married Dale Bonham on August 6, 1976 in Cloquet. The young couple lived in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota and Beth graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She worked for several Health Care Institutions in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, bringing caring competence to her profession.
They were blessed with a son born in 1983, and when he was a toddler, the family moved to Cold Spring, where they have made their home for the past 25 years. Beth loved to cook for her family and friends, delighted in tending her flower gardens, and enjoyed music and attending concerts, scrapbooking, traveling and entertaining. She also loved taking brisk walks with her dogs and she appreciated the little details of nature. Above all, she dearly loved her family, and her gentle, thoughtful, and caring ways will be forever treasured by those she left behind. Beth was a member of American Physical Therapist Association and the American Brittany Rescue.
Survivors include her loving husband, Dale; son, Matthew of Sartell; parents, James and Marianne Potratz of Park Rapids; sisters, Rebecca (Nicholas) Kemp of Buffalo, Julie (Scott) Hokeness of Lakeville; nieces and nephews, Lexi, Sam, Harry, and Joe; special friend, Sara Patton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Coborn Cancer Center, American Cancer Society, or the American Brittany Rescue are preferred.