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Bonnie Charlene (Rich) Grahn, 79

Bonnie Charlene (Rich) Grahn, 79, passed away on June 9, 2023 in Hallock, Minn., after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Bonnie was born in Inglewood, Calif., on March 21, 1944, the daughter of Robert and Ruby (Locken) Rich. Bonnie attended school in Staples, Minn., Needles and Highland, Calif. Her high school years were in San Bernadino, Calif., where she was very active in school activities.
She married Lorin Grahn on Aug. 21, 1964. Bonnie was very artistic, involved in painting, ceramics, sculpture and scrapbooking. She was an accomplished musician, playing piano and organ for church, and giving piano lessons. Bonnie and Lorin moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in the fall of 1965 where Lorin was a science teacher in the Los Angeles school system. They moved to Sutter, Calif., in 1967 where Lorin took a position as a high school science teacher. In Los Angeles, Bonnie worked in a savings and loan bank in Hollywood, which provided many interesting memories. While in northern California, Bonnie had many jobs in addition to being mother and wife. She drove school bus, worked for Bank of America, worked as a school aide at a continuation school and finally as a resource aide at Yuba City High School. Their son, Robert, was born in June 1968.
Lorin and Bonnie remained in the Sutter/ Yuba City area until 2007. They retired, both on the same day, and moved to Lake Bronson, Minn., spending the summers in Minnesota and returning to California for the winter. We were very fortunate to be able to travel to most of the states in the USA as well as to travel to Europe and embark on a River Cruise for their 50th anniversary, one of the highlights of their life together.
Bonnie is survived by: her husband of 58 years, Lorin; a son, Dr. Robert Grahn (Jennifer), Woodland, Calif.; brothers, Robert (Eunice) Rich, Lake Bronson and Bernard (Debra) Rich, Wells, Maine; sisters, Bonnie Sloan, Yuba City, and Tamara Rich, San Louis Obispo, Calif.; granddaughters (her pride and joy), Katherine Grahn and Sarah Grahn, both of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Allan Grahn, Karlstad, Minn.; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many very close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; nephews, Sam Rich and Ryan Grahn; a great nephew, Sam Rich Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Eldonna Grahn.
Bonnie will be remembered as a kind and compassionate woman who never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was always willing to help where needed. She loved to cook and prepare meals for friends and guests and she was really good at it. Bonnie loved playing bingo and card games with friends and family. Bonnie was able to take her granddaughters to Hawaii in April of this year. This was an especially joyful time for her. She will be missed, she was loved by all.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Bronson. Private interment services will be held. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, is in charge of arrangements.

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