In Memory

Bonnie Burstein (Burstein)

A sad message from Cathy Dreyfuss about our friend and classmate Bonnie:

Classmates, I just heard from Dan Burstein that Bonnie passed away in March. Not virus related, but due to serious health problems. I will post info about a virtual memorial that is being planned in a few weeks. More sad news to deal with and another loss to our class.

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04/03/20 06:37 PM #1    

Patricia (Pat) (Raffie) Warner

Funny how some things hit you.  I never saw Bonnie after we graduated, and yet I truly feel her loss in this moment.  Perhaps because I'm remembering Bonnie with my heart.  There's a vividness about that that defies the years and how "uncharted" we still were in those days.  I have no doubt that the Bonnie I knew as a  lovely teenager grew into an awesome adult; someone I would still admire for how she blended her intelligence and sense of conscience, and for her empathic heart.  

I hope that whoever among us is in touch with Dan or another member of Bonnie's family -- Cathy? -- will let them know that I'm wishing them well through this difficult period.

It's certainly a heck of a time to have to "come together," isn't it?  Isn't it like you, Bonnie -- who, as I recall, was one of the first students, along with your brother, to bring organizing against the war in Viet Nam to our high school's steps -- to take us to a new level?  To motivate the people who loved you to figure out how to genuinely provide one another with comfort during this weird chapter of social distancing and virtuality.  To those of you who were part of Bonnie's circle, I'm sorry that in your time of grief you have to use a part of yourselves for that.

Bonnie-la, may you rest in peace and in your power.  If the past 50 years are any measure, your memory will steadfastly remain a blessing.

In sadness and in gratitude,


04/04/20 10:37 AM #2    

Steven Lavender

I mostly knew Bonnie through my friendship with Dan but also remember her great intelligence and ardent enthusiasm for everything that she was involved in.  My sympathies go out to Dan and Julie and all of her friends.  She will be missed.

04/05/20 07:34 AM #3    

Gary Raymond

Bonnie and I were in Mr. Ubick's 5th grade class together at El Rodeo. I remember her as intelligent and charming. She also made a big impression on me as she was the first classmate I had who asked me for one of my Art pieces to keep. So sorry to hear she is gone, but not in memory.

04/05/20 10:24 AM #4    

Dan Burstein

Thank you to the people who have posted here and who have emailed me with their memories of Bonnie and their condolences. Much appreciated. Sorry I was not able to make it for the 50th Reunion but hope everyone stays well and safe during this extraordinarily difficult time in the world and looking forward to the next occasion.

--Dan Burstein

04/06/20 08:48 AM #5    

Karen Kessler Goodman (Kennedy)

When I think back to Mr. Ubick's 5th grade class and so many others I remember Bonnie vividly. She was always so smart and well spoken.  It saddens me to think, in these historical and perilous times, we have lost another classmate. Sending comfort and virtual hugs to all of Bonnie's family and friends. 

04/23/20 11:00 AM #6    

Cathy Dreyfuss


Today's zoom memorial at 1 pm. 

04/24/20 10:25 AM #7    

Patricia (Pat) (Raffie) Warner

I was pleased to be able to attend the Zoom memorial for Bonnie, and found it both lovely and touching.  Dan and Cathy, I was moved in a special way by your contributions.

Bonnie-spirit:  it is clear that your life had great meaning.

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