Bonnie Edelstein

March 16, 1941 ~ July 3, 2021 (age 80)



Bonnie Edelstein, age 80, of Albany, New York, passed away at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital on July 3, 2021, after a brief illness. Bonnie was born and raised in Chicago before moving to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin. She would spend the next 32 years in the Madison area, raising two children there while building a successful real estate career. In 1992, she moved to Albany to accept a role with Niagara Mohawk Power (now National Grid). Bonnie later founded PeopleWork, a management consulting company focused on non-profit effectiveness. She was most proud of her work with Planned Parenthood of New York. In 2015, Bonnie founded the Albany chapter of Death With Dignity, and spent much of her time recently providing education and advocacy on end-of-life issues. Bonnie was a singer and a sailor, loved her garden, and treasured her many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rew and Florence (Kahn) Godow. Bonnie is survived by her brother Rew (Elizabeth) Godow of Charleston, SC, son Mark (Janet) Clear of Madison, WI, daughter Jayni (Anselmo Alegria) Edelstein of New Rochelle, NY, grandchildren Sierra and Naomi Clear, Amanda and Jayson Alegria, and step-grandchildren Austin and Andrew Alegria.

Private burial will be in Madison, Wisconsin with a memorial service to follow at a later date at Congregation Berith Sholom in Troy, New York.


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