Dr. Bonita KB Patton -- Rochester

October 11, 2018

After a long and private journey with cancer, Dr. Bonita KB Patton, 60, of Rochester passed away early Sunday morning (Oct. 7, 2018) at Methodist Hospital, with her family at her bedside. Bonita was born in Rochester on July 13, 1958, to Arnold and Adeline (Sexe) Boraas, of Roscoe. Bonita grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wanamingo High School in 1976. She went on to earn degrees from Rochester Community College and St. Cloud State and post graduate degrees from Moorhead State, the University of the Pacific (master’s) and the Union Institute of Ohio (Ph.d.).

Bonita married Steve Patton at Lands Lutheran Church in Zumbrota in 1984 and built a home in Southwest Rochester, where they raised their family and continued to live at the time of her passing.

Bonita worked at a variety of jobs while finishing her doctorate, including time as a case manager at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, where she was selected to sing the national anthem at its grand opening. Upon receiving her licensed psychologist accreditation, she joined Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (APP) in Rochester, which she went on to purchase two years later. She has continued to own and operate the business (with offices in Rochester, Owatonna, Faribault and Wabasha) since that time, while also carrying a full caseload of patients.

In 2002, she helped found and operate the Post Town Winery and Patton Family Vineyard in Rochester, and in 2012, she designed and supervised the construction of a new office building in Northwest Rochester for APP.

Bonita loved helping people, whether it was working with patients dealing with mental health issues or sharing a glass of wine with old and new friends at the winery. Bonita also loved traveling to warm places. As recently as September, Bonita enjoyed a girls trip to California that included hiking in the mountains, bike riding and wine tasting.

She is survived by her husband, Steve; three sons, Blake (fiancee, Sarah), Devon (fiancee, Tricia), and Miles; one grandson, Jaxon; along with two brothers, Rodney and Bruce; and a sister, Renae Buck (husband, Allen).

No public funeral or visitation is planned per Bonita’s request. A celebration of her life will be scheduled in the near future.

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