Bonnie NothoffBonnie M. Nothoff, 71, of Kewadin, passed away at home on July 9th, 2013.

She was born on May 28, 1942 in Flint, MI. She was the daughter of Reinhart “Rad” and Evelyn (Christensen) Radke.

Bonnie graduated from Flint Central in 1960 and went on to attend MSU and later Delta College in Saginaw, MI where she graduated with her AAS in dental hygiene. She married her high school sweetheart, Jim Nothoff, in 1969 in Flint, MI.

As an RDH, she achieved numerous prestigious awards and helped many people in need. For many years, Bonnie was a clinical instructor educating the future generations of dental hygiene. In 2005, she formed Nothoff Legislative Research and Consulting, LLC, which allowed her to advance legislation for the dental hygiene profession in Michigan.  Bonnie was also the President of the MDHA, (the Michigan Dental Hygienists Association), Chair of the Antrim County Republican Party, and the Antrim County Republican Women, among other leadership positions.

Bonnie was also an active tennis player, jogger, boater, and sang in the church choir with her close friends.

Bonnie inherited the best from both of her parents; a keen business sense, charm, grace, and poise.  She was loved dearly by her colleagues, friends, and family, whom she also loved.   She came alive in the presence of people and people came alive with her.  She would light up a room when she entered it!

She is survived by her sister Carol and brother-in-law David Symons, son Jay and daughter-in-law Marie Olivier, husband Jim, sister-in-law Peg and brother-in-law Don Smith, brother-in-law Tom Nothoff, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law Henry Nothoff, mother-in-law Helen Nothoff, and brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Nothoff.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm at Covell Funeral Home in Elk Rapids.

A funeral service will be held on Monday July 15, 2013 at 11am, with visitation one hour prior, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids, with Rev. Andrew Martinez residing.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the MDHA PAC or American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.