In Memoriam: Coleen Bohnsack

PL Jays, Mudcats and PLABA share thanks for Coleens leadership and contributions. Photo: TEX

The PLABA is saddened to report the passing of Coleen Bohnsack, former PLABA, Jays, and Mudcats board member and tireless volunteer.  Coleen has been missed at Veterans Field in recent years as she battled Alzheimer’s.

Don & Coleen Bohnsack at Jays fundraiser 1989. Photo: Lois Haglund

Coleen and husband Don (as well in-laws Leroy, Karen, and Mother-in-law Emma) were fixtures at Memorial Park, and both served various board and leadership positions for the PL Jays when they started up for the 1987 season, as well as for the PL Mudcats when they formed in 1991. The resulting establishment of the PLABA has grown and continues to coordinate park operations and improvements to the present day.  Many of the procedures guiding Vet Cafe operations came directly from Coleen’s leadership enabling local teams to serve thousands of fans annually and positively benefitting players and area fans at Veterans Field/Memorial Park.  Sons Brent and Bryan, as well as grandson Cooper, have played townball in PL.  Sundays dating back to the “new” PL Jays forming in 1987 have been a family affair to the present for the Bohnsacks.

Coleen was a well-known and popular teacher of Spanish at PLHS, serving students in District 719 for almost 30 years.  Her smile, sense of humor, and engaging nature have been missed and will always be remembered by those fortunate to know her.

The townball PL Jays and PL Mudcats hope to work with the Bohnsack family to coordinate a more formal recognition for Colleen later this season at Veterans Field/Memorial Park from our teams.  The PLABA requests that local baseball fans send positive thoughts, love, and THANKS to the Bohnsack family for Coleen Bohnsack’s dedication to our educational and baseball communities.  She has been missed and her contributions will never be forgotten. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, June 10, 2022, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 5643 Luther Road SE, Prior Lake. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00 AM with a visitation 1-hour prior at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.