Bonita J. “Bonnie” Coltin, 68, Former HHS Instructor of French

Bonita J. “Bonnie” Coltin, 68, of Haverhill, passed away June 25, at her residence. She was a well-known former instructor of French at Haverhill High School.

She was born in Ayer, March 16, 1947, daughter of the late Edwin B. and Lillian F. (Sax) Coltin. She graduated from Ayer High School and went on to receive degrees from Boston University, NYU, Pepperdine University and McGill. She belonged to the American Association of Teachers of French and Seacoast Women’s network. Coltin enjoyed a variety of interests but her two favorites were French culture and language and spending time at Seabrook Beach at her cottage which she loved and maintained in meticulous condition. She had a love for animals especially her two cats Shalom and Simcha.

She is survived by her sister Harriet M. and her husband Richard Dechowitz of Shreveport, La., her brother Fredric J. Coltin and his wife Regina of Epping, N.H.; nieces Amy Dechowitz of New York City, Wendy and her husband Koresh Imany of Israel, and Debra Kira of Houston, Texas; as well as several grand nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was Sunday, June 28, at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St. Haverhill. Interment was in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. A memorial period will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at her residence. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St. Boston, MA 02115 or Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St. Haverhill, MA 01830.