Bonnie was raised on a farm in a very small town in Northwest Ohio. She was fortunate to attend a Catholic grade school and high school.
After spending some time in Virginia, Bonnie and her husband moved to the tri-cities area to raise their family. Their 4 children all attended St. Mary’s, keeping them active in the school activities. In 1994, there was an opening in the hot lunch program that she applied for and was able to start that year as their youngest was starting school.