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Bonita Shimmin

July 19, 1942 — February 12, 2021

Bonita (Bonnie) Marianne Shimmin (Burke) Age 78 of Duluth passed away on Friday February 12,2021.

She was born on July 19,1942 to Joseph and Lyna Burke.  She graduated from Duluth Central High School.  Earned her B.S degree from The University of MN Duluth, and spent several years as a counselor for the Center of Alcohol and Drug Treatment and the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gerald and former spouse, father of her children Larry Shimmin.

She is survived by Her children:  Kevin (Sheri) Shimmin, Kyle (JodiBelle) Shimmin, and Kory (Teri) Shimmin.  Grandchildren, Ashley, Brandon (Kim), Trevor (Sara), Brittany (Robert) Isabelle, Ben and Austin.  3 great grandchildren and one due in July 2021.

Siblings:  Jolynn Spaulding, Sheila Jackson and Carol (Richard Jacobs) Meldahl and their families, many extended family members and longtime friends.

A special thank you to all the people that have helped Bonnie stay in her own home over the years.

Private family services to be held

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555, please visit to sign the online guestbook.

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