Bonnie Jean Sears (Schultz), age 72, of Holmes Flat, passed peacefully in her home with family by her side on December 27, 2022.

Bonnie was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the United States Naval Hospital, to Benny and Genevieve Schultz on August 24, 1950. She was the only daughter and oldest of three children. As the child of a Marine Sergeant, Bonnie lived in many different cities and states around the United States. Bonnie presented a fun loving personality and made friends easily everywhere she went.

Bonnie met the love of her life, John Sears, while living in Anaheim. They moved to Humboldt County in 1973 and were married in 1978. In 1979 Bonnie and John purchased their home in Holmes Flat where they raised three daughters — Michelle, Erica and Patrica.

Bonnie is best known for her fun personality and ability to make a meal out of anything. She was an amazing cook who didn’t need recipes or measuring spoons and always made the best meals. She worked at several restaurants throughout Humboldt County. Some of Bonnie’s favorite workplaces included the Redcrest Cafe, Hansen’s Truck Stop, the Fortuna Bowling Alley (where she met two of her dearest friends, Phyllis Branstetter and Billy Toller), the Country Kitchen, and the kitchen at Redwood Memorial Hospital.

Bonnie was always up for a good time and living life to the fullest with her friends and family. In her spare time, Bonnie loved to garden, boss around her oldest daughter (ha ha), watch movies with her youngest daughter, and watch Gunsmoke and cowboy shows with her husband.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, John Sears, daughters, Michelle Brazil (Eric), Erica Ferreira, and Patrica Sorci (Jeremy), and nine grandchildren: Stephen, Allen, Christian, Dustin, Serena, Trinity, Trinidad, Sam, and Ben, and two brothers, Steve Schultz and Mike Schultz. She is preceded in death by her parents, Benny and Genny Schultz.


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