Bonnie J. Dobmeier, 59, of Prior Lake, MN, died of lung cancer on February 8, 2013. She was born on June 12, 1953, in DuBois, PA, to Paul and Lucile (Whamond) Uplinger. She lived an active childhood of tree climbing, outdoor adventuring, and splashing in creeks. She graduated from Ridgway Area High School where her infectious zest for life led her to cheerleading for the football and wrestling teams. She was a sports enthusiast her whole life and loved golf, competitive running, biking, softball, and tennis. She began her work life in Brockway, PA, at the corporate offices of Brockway Glass Company, now known as Owens Illinois. She worked in corporate treasury and sales and toward the end of her career specialized in human resource issues. She married the love of her life, Jack Dobmeier, in 1999, and together they moved from DuBois, PA, to Baldwinsville, NY, to Williamsburg, VA, to Toledo, OH, and finally to Prior Lake, as Jack worked in the glass industry. Her special delights beyond her grandchildren included Italian cooking, her Scotch-Irish and German heritages, Florida beaches, and animals, most especially yellow labs. Her beloved Mitchie was her faithful canine companion for twelve years. In 2002 while living in New York, Bonnie was diagnosed with a lung cancer. Subsequent treatment at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic under the direction of Julian Molina, MD, Ph.D., revealed her cancer to be the result of a non-smoker’s mutation. This diagnosis opened the door to many new and sometimes experimental treatments. That she survived nearly eleven years is a testament to the skill and perseverance of her medical team but, even more, to Bonnie’s indomitable spirit. Her willingness to participate in clinical trials not only extended her life, but also benefited other cancer patients. Her positive outlook led her to say and believe, “Every day is a gift.” She is survived and deeply loved by her husband, Jack; parents, Paul and Lucile Uplinger of Brockport, PA; children Jeff Dobmeier (and wife Jenny) of Littleton, CO, and Julie Dobmeier of Dallas, TX; her grandchildren Cole and Reese of Littleton; sister-in-law Mary Dobmeier of Burnsville, MN; and many extended family members and friends. Visitation will be held at the White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 350 Atwood Street, Shakopee, at 11 a.m., preceded by one hour’s visitation at the church. Burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Rosemount, MN, will follow lunch. If so desired, memorials for research into the treatment of lung cancer mutations among non-smokers may be directed to the Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905, or to the donor’s charity of choice. A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date in the spring.
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