Bonnie Cervine



Bonnie Cervine, loving wife and mother of four children, passed peacefully at the age of 89 from natural causes in Santa Cruz, Calif., surrounded by her family on Aug. 31, 2020.

Born on Feb. 22, 1931 in Fresno, Calif., to Lawrence and Eleanor Whitcomb, Bonnie Fern Whitcomb grew up in Southern California, married and raised four children while living and working alongside her husband Delbert Lee Ray Cervine. Their journey took them to the Central Valley where they both held careers as teachers, settling in Atwater in 1963, where Bonnie served as an innovative teacher at Atwater High School for many years.

They moved to Mariposa in 1976, built their family home and taught at Merced Continuation High School. Here they embarked on a creative new phase of life. In 1985, they opened Synchronicity Metaphysical bookstore in downtown Mariposa which she ran for over 25 years. Their home, The Village of Shangri-la, was a magical place for gatherings and developed into a unique bed and breakfast which she enjoyed running with Del until his passing in 2002.

In 2013, Bonnie moved to Santa Cruz to live near her three sons and stayed connected to her daughter over the phone each day. True to form, she created a community of friends through the Louden Nelson center. She even continued exercise with Emilio by Zoom through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bonnie lived a bountiful life, full of love, family, friends and creativity. She was an incredible woman who lived with compassion, joy, perseverance, gratitude and optimism. She was a loving wife, an encouraging mother, supportive friend, teacher, creative artist and lover of animals. She will be greatly missed, forever loved and cherished.

Bonnie is survived by her children: Dane and wife Linda (Kittle), and their children Gabriel, and Kelsey (Tylor Flood); Steven and wife Debra (Artura); Scott and wife Brooke (March), and their children Ocean and Sia, all of Santa Cruz; Denise and (Michael Smith) of The Big Island, Hawaii; sister Eleanor and many other family and friends.

“Even though he may be physically alone, the solitary remains united to others and lives in profound solidarity with them, but on a deeper and mystical level.”

—Thomas Merton

One response to “Bonnie Cervine”

  1. Carol Van Buskirk says:

    Thank you for this beautiful remembrance of Aunt Bonnie’s life. I just wish that my mother (Bonnie’s sister Eleanor mentioned here) would have lived long enough to see this. She passed on October 8, 2020.

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