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Bonnie Rae (Lamppa) Shroff

July 26, 1945 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Bonnie Shroff Obituary

Bonnie Rae (Lamppa) Shroff, passed away on New Year’s day, 2024 at the far too young age of 78 years old.  Alzheimer’s clearly didn’t understand the Finnish concept of SISU when it met Bonnie, who stubbornly fought through one final Christmas, her favorite time of year, before ridding herself of the indescribably terrible disease that may have taken her life, but definitely not her spirit. 

Bonnie was born July 26, 1945 in Biwabik MN, the middle child of Iron Range legends Arthur and Evie Lamppa of Embarrass MN.  Growing up on the family farm in America’s “Cold Spot,” Bonnie’s childhood was well spent adventuring with cousins that were closer than most siblings, collecting stories of everything from the fear she felt checking wolf traps with her father to the love she had for the deer she bestowed a cowbell upon and made her pet.  Later in life, to the delight of her two sons, Bonnie would use her limitless imagination to embellish these stories at bedtime because who needs to read storybooks when your mother could write them herself.

Her creativity and love for children would serve her well as she graduated from Bemidji State College in 1967 with a degree in Education. Bonnie used the degree as ticket out of frigid Northern Minnesota for sunny Huntington Beach, California where she taught kindergarten from 1967 to 1973. Bonnie, although very quiet and exceedingly sweet, was a rebel at heart and in California she committed what at the time was a major act of rebellion when she fell in love with an Indian man named Bansi Shroff. On April 3, 1971, just four years after the U.S. Supreme Court had legalized interracial marriage, Bonnie, the proud Finn from a town of hundreds, married Bansi, a “Desi bai” from one of the largest cities on earth. For 52 years their love endured, surviving five moves, two slightly difficult boys, and one dog named Sushi.

Their love also spawned Bonnie’s greatest passion, her two sons whom she described as being of “Finn-dian” descent, but confusingly bestowed upon them very Irish names. No one on earth benefited more from Bonnie’s life than Sean and Brennan Shroff. Bonnie was a prettier Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart was Martha Stewart. She kept a home that was tasteful and cheery, as clean as an operating room and full of handmade centerpieces and homemade baked goods. Bonnie was such a ridiculously good baker that her brief membership in a neighborhood cookie club was not due to Bonnie’s inherited distaste for most social gatherings, but instead as a result of the intimidation felt by the other members upon tasting Bonnie’s superior church bars, tarts and Finnish Biscuit. 

Prone to fits of laughter brought on by her youngest son’s tantrums or the neighbors’ infidelities, her biting sense of humor, inherited from her mother, was a trait she only shared with a lucky few. In a world where everyone claims to have had the best wife and best mom, Bonnie truly was the best of those things. She was at every practice, every doctors’ appointment, every school play and bake sale. She was goofy and available and creative and loving and always made not only her family, but everyone she met feel important, protected, and cared for, unless you were a Republican, then boy did she let you have it. Bonnie leaves this world a better place and it is for good reason that everyone who ever was lucky enough to know her, loved her.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Bansi Shroff; sons, Sean and Brennan; and her grandchildren, Baron, Waylon, Sadie, and baby Tadhg. And by her brother Gary Lamppa and his children Zach and Courtney.

She was preceded in death by her sister Donna and her parents Arthur and Evie Lamppa.

As per her wishes Bonnie will be cremated at 9 am on January 12, 2024 at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in Altadena, CA.  A celebration of Bonnie’s life will take place at 11 am on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia, MN.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you make a generous donation in Bonnie’s name to the Alzheimers Association.

A tribute page in Bonnie’s name has been set up at:

https://act.alz.org/goto/bonnieshroff

Family Services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online; visit www.baumanfuneralhome.com

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Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM
Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church
901 4th Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

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Alzheimers Bonnie
Web: http://act.alz.org/goto/bonnieshroff

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