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Bonnie Bett Bahr
February 28, 1943 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Bonnie Bett Bahr (Olsan) died at age 80 on October 7, 2023, in Appleton Wisconsin with her loving husband and daughter by her side. Her late parents Robert Charles and Betty Jane (Burdick) Bahr welcomed her into their lives on February 28, 1943 in Champaign, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her brother David and son, Scott Robert Bahr.
She was the salutatorian of the first graduating class of Waukesha South High School in 1961 earning a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She graduated early with a BA in Fine Arts and started her career as a stained glass artist. She shifted careers a few times throughout her life before retiring from her longest job as an administrative assistant in a marketing firm. Throughout her life and careers, her love of the fine arts, performing arts and appreciation of art throughout her travels remained a constant.
She is survived by her loving husband David Olsan, daughter Heidi (William) Schueller, step-daughter Heather Olsan and step-son Jason Olsan. She will be missed in so many ways by her grandsons Joseph, Sebastian, Kaleb and Dexter Bahr and granddaughters Isabel, Claudia, and Laurelei Schueller. Spending time with her family during the holidays and summer get togethers, GNO (girls night out) with her closest friends, and enjoying retired life with her husband and schnauzer (Cricket) were very important to her.
Although she loved the arts, her true passion was traveling. Her most memorable trips were to Africa on safari with her mother Betty, enjoying the continent of Australia with her friend Barb, traveling to Ireland with her husband David to visit her life-long high school friend Gloria and spending an entire week in Italy at the Mosaic Art School studying traditional mosaic art making with her daughter Heidi.
Her love of reading had her routinely going to the library for another book-on-tape. She enjoyed writing and had a knack for words. Bonibet also found puzzles, word searches and a variety of games to be greatly entertaining. Her mind was always planning her next trip, craft, movie, activity, vacation, etc. She had a zest for life and family. Her wish was not to have a funeral. However, Bonibet's request was to please consider making a donation to either St. Jude Hospital or the Humane Society in honor of her.