Get to Know Your Neighbors: The First in a Series of Profiles of Lomond Residents

Patti Golden: Preserving and Enhancing Lomond’s Beauty
Patti GoldenIt should come as no surprise to those who know her that Patti Golden, whose home and garden exemplify her appreciation of beauty, would generously volunteer her time to enhance the quality of Lomond’s natural environment. She serves on the Lomond Association’s “Beautification and Preservation Committee,” chaired by David Thal, the committee responsible for the hanging flower baskets on Lomond Blvd., the plant exchanges in spring and fall in Sussex and at Gridley Park, the renovation of Gridley Triangle Park, and other projects which have helped to improve and sustain the beauty and livability of our Lomond neighborhood. Patti takes pleasure in seeing Lomonders walking and jogging along Lomond Boulevard with its baskets overflowing with red begonias and families happily gathering at Gridley Triangle to visit and play.

Patti, husband Bob Bonthius and their two daughters Becca and Liza moved here from Cleveland Heights fifteen years ago to benefit from the Shaker Heights public school system, Shaker’s cosmopolitan blend of residents, and the convenience of the neighborhood. Bob, a lawyer with Legal Aid, is able to ride to work quickly on the rapid, while Patti works nearby at the Shaker Heights Main Library. Both daughters, now young adults, feel comfortable in a wide world of differing cultures. Becca resides in Paris, France, while Liza lives in Cleveland.

Patti with her fondness for the wildlife in our neighborhood feeds the birds and squirrels with peanuts and seed. If she might want to sleep late on weekends, the blue jays station themselves on the wires by her window and squawk to wake her if the feeding stations are empty. Goldfinches, red throated grosbeaks and even a hawk visit the Bonthius garden. During this interview friendly squirrels were happily munching on peanuts.

It should be noted that Bob’s mother, Betty, formerly a Counselor at the High School, had also lived in Lomond and that Bob’s brother, his wife and their children live catty corner from Patti and Bob also on Lomond Boulevard. The Lomond Association appreciates the contributions of Patti and her family to the quality of life in our community. Thank you, Patti!