Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — KEWADIN — Bonnie M. Nothoff, 71, of Kewadin, passed away at home on July 9, 2013. She was born on May 28, 1942, in Flint. She was the daughter of Reinhart “Rad” and Evelyn (Christensen) Radke.
Bonnie graduated from Flint Central in 1960, went on to attend MSU and later Delta College in Saginaw, where she graduated with her AAS in dental hygiene.
She married her high school sweetheart, Jim Nothoff in 1969 in Flint.
As an RDH she achieved numerous prestigious awards and helped many people in need. For many years Bonnie was a clinical instructor educating the future generations of dental hygiene. In 2005, she formed Nothoff Legislative Research and Consulting, LLC, which allowed her to advance legislation for the dental hygiene profession in Michigan. Bonnie was also the president of the MDHA, (the Michigan Dental Hygienists Association), chair of the Antrim County Republican Party and the Antrim County Republican Women, among other leadership positions.
Bonnie was also an active tennis player, jogger, boater, and sang in the church choir with her close friends.
Bonnie inherited the best from both of her parents, a keen business sense, charm, grace and poise. She was loved dearly by her colleagues, friends and family, whom she also loved. She came alive in the presence of people and people came alive with her. She would light up a room when she entered it!
She is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Jay and daughter-in-law, Marie Olivier; sister, Carol and brother-in-law, David Symons; sister-in-law, Peg and brother-in-law, Don Smith; brother-in-law, Tom Nothoff; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Henry Nothoff; mother-in-law, Helen Nothoff; and brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Nothoff.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids, with the Rev. Andrew Martinez residing. Burial will take place on Tuesday, July 16, at 1 p.m., at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the MDHA PAC or American Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.