Pastor Bonnie Jones Witthuhn
Phone: (715) 307-1182 (Texts or Voice calls welcome – voice messaging available)
Pastor Bonnie is available to our Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls in the capacity of Pastoral Care. In that role she supports and meets with our UU Caring Circle and the Church Board. During the past months she has visited members of UU who have been hospitalized or in a nursing home. As individuals have gone through challenging transitions she has supported individuals and families through home visits, neutral site visits, and phone calls. She has been present with us for two funerals this past year and is available as needed in this capacity. She welcomes your phone calls and suggestions for who might need a caring word or a comforting presence on behalf of all the good folks of UU. She is happy to join with us in the journey of faith and life. Please contact her at the following email or phone/text number. Or just call her to meet and chat.
Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-307-1182 for phone call or text
Rev Bonnie JonesWitthuhn is an ordained United Church Christ clergywoman who has served churches as both interim and settled pastor in Minnesota and Wisconsin since her ordination in 1980. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in history and a Master of Social Work degree from UW-Madison. She is a graduate of the United Seminary of the Twin Cities and has also done continuing ministerial education in a number of settings including Boston University Theological Seminary.
Pastor Bonnie and her husband Richard were married in 1974. He is our local River Falls veterinarian. They have one daughter, Sarah, who was born in 1989 and is s dentist in Albertville, Minnesota. Sarah was a blessing in their midlife and after her birth Bonnie decided to be at home and reflect on finding a daytime-no weekend profession so one parent would be home evenings and weekends. Bonnie taught English at Prescott High School until her 2016 retirement.
Retirement opened doors to do volunteer work. Bonnie helped organize and open and chair the board for Among Friends, a one day social respite program for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. She also serves on the Wisconsin State Dementia Leadership Team and participates in local groups organized around care of individuals with dementia. In addition, she serves on the Pierce County Human Services board and is vice-president of the local River Falls chapter of Wisconsin Retired Educators Association.
Several days a month Bonnie works as a substitute teacher in the River Falls school district., saving funds for travels–her favorite pastime of traveling with her family. But summers are mostly spent at their lake home on Spirit Lake near Siren, Wisconsin..