Helen Arlene Bonner
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 19th from 4pm
to 8pm also at the United Methodist Church in Estherville, Iowa.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to services.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 20th
at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Estherville, Iowa.
Funeral services for Helen Arlene Bonner 79 of
Estherville, Iowa will
be Wednesday, August 20th at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church
in Estherville, Iowa. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
also at the United Methodist Church in Estherville, Iowa. Visitation
will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment
will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville. Kulow Funeral Services,
Redwood Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. E-mail
condolences may be sent via: www.redwoodvalleyfuneralhome.com
Helen Arlene Bonner was born June 1, 1929 in West Grove, Iowa (Davis
County), to Jack and Dorothy (Herbert) Saner. She grew up in
southern Iowa , one of 14 children. She attended numerous country
schools as her dad was a coal miner, so they moved frequently. She
helped her parents raise her younger siblings. Helen met her future
husband Virgil Bonner in Eldon Iowa.
Helen was united in marriage by Pastor Forbes at the church
parsonage, to Virgil L. Bonner on Dec. 19, 1951 in Eldon, IA They
raised their family in Ottumwa, IA, where they lived until 1973
Virgil was transferred to the Estherville Morrell's plant, where
they have lived since. Helen was a loving wife and mother devoting
her life to raising her children. She was active attending their
activities from dance to ball games. She continued to follow her
grandchildren and 2 great grand-children's activities, rarely missing
an event until her health began to fail. She was proudly known
around town as 'Grandma Bonner.' Helen was a member of the HFH
Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Legion Auxiliary, Weight Watchers, TOPPS,
Monday afternoon Bowling League. She delivered Meals on Wheels and
enjoyed square dancing and supporting 'Family Ties' Relay For Life
Team. Helen was well known for all the salads she made over the
years at the VFW. She enjoyed going for walks with her good friend
Hazel Hood and never seemed to miss a family reunion, as family
always her number one priority. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles
working on crafts. Helen will truly be missed by all who were
blessed to have known her.
Helen Arlene Bonner passed away , Saturday August 16, 2008 at the
Good Samaritan Center in Estherville, Iowa.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Virgil; Children: Don
(Tammy) Bonner of Estherville, Joyce Bonner of Waukee, Ralph Bonner
of Forest City, daughter-in-law Julie Bonner of Estherville, Darrell
Bonner of Breezy Point, MN, and former daughter-in-law Kim Oelsen
Pequot Lakes, MN; Grandchildren: Barry (Shanette) Bonner of Emporia,
KS, Jeremy Bonner and special friend Jodi Davis of Graettinger,
Jessica Bonner of Breezy Point, MN, Kellen and Christian Bonner
Pequot Lakes, MN, Gable and Chase Bonner of Estherville; Great
Grandchildren Nydia Bonner and Quintin Marquez of Emporia, KS;
Sisters Shirley Depue of Ottumwa and Icel Fisk of Eldon; and numerous
nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, son
Richard, brothers Everett, Donald, Ralph, A.J., Howard and an infant
brother; sisters Bertha Kerns, Anna Mae Spears, Nina Marie Knox,
Sloan and Nora Feagins.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Avera Holy Family
Hospital Auxiliary or the Good Samaritan Center in Estherville,