A funeral service was held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Tom Schlund officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery.
Bonnie Mae Bell was born August 14, 1929 to Thomas and Matilda (Baas) Ketelsen in West Bend, Iowa where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1946. After high school she remained on the family farm helping her father, then worked part time at the AFC office.
Bonnie married Loren Bell on May 29, 1953 at Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend. They lived in Algona and Corwith before settling on a farm south of Algona where together they enjoyed raising many kinds of animals for over 50 years. Bonnie was also employed by Diagonal Grocery Store and The Algona Reminder before having a fulfilling 30+ year career working at Good Samaritan Society where she enjoyed taking care of and visiting with the residents.
Bonnie loved spending time with her family and inviting people in for popcorn and Pepsi. She and Loren were excellent dancers who enjoyed a variety of music. Bonnie enjoyed playing cards, baking, cooking, gardening, bird watching, and growing flowers. County fairs and attending 4-H events were always highlights for her. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona.
Bonnie died on September 10, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society in Algona at the age of 89.
Bonnie is survived by her son Bill and his wife Lori of Marshall, MN and their sons, Andrew (fiancé Brittney Schultze) and Jonathon; daughter-in-law, Colleen of Algona; granddaughter, Emily (fiancé Lindsey Cook); sister, Patty Gronbach of Algona; brother-in-law, Bob Bovy of Verona, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; son, Chuck; daughter-in-law, Eileen; parents Thomas and Matilda; and sisters, Elaine Kinseth, Betty Elbert and Kathy Bovy.
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As a co-worker at Good Samaritan, I fondly recall Bonnie's kindness and friendliness. There wasn't anyone that she didn't speak warmly and lovingly to.
Hers was indeed a life well-lived. Barb Vaske
Bill & family, I so loved your parents for the majority of my life. Your mom and I had lots of fun playing cards. I will never forget the 6 hours in the car when I brought her to your home. We laughed so much! God Bless You.
Bonnie was a sweet wonderful woman who loved life to the fullest! Her laugh was infectious to all that were around her, and her love for her family was very evident. Great times at the Bell home.... Rest in peace Bonnie.. Craig and Ruth Ann
So very sorry for your loss! Bonnie was such a great lady and will be missed!
Bill, Lori & family and Emily, What a joy it has been to know Bonnie, always loved her smile and laughter. We are thinking of you with love and keeping you in our prayers. Treasure your wonderful memories and she will be in your heart forever.
Dave and Sandi Markla
I will always remember Bonny for being aptly named because she was a bonny soul, full of life and mirth. Her laughter along with her sister Pat’s & my mother-in-law, Kathy Bovy’s. was always a prominent part of any family gathering. I only knew her for the last 25 years from out of state, but am lucky to have known her warmth and charm.
Bonnie and Loren were always so sweet and special to our family.
Mollie Dettman Baltutat
Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
My memory of Bonnie is this always smiling lady and her friendly greeting when I visited members at Good Samaritan. She was kind and thoughtful toward all.
We thank God for her faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our sincere sympathy to her family.
Pastor Henry and Evelyn Friedrich.
Our prayers, thoughts and condolences to the Bell family...
Mike & Steph
Bonnie was such a sweet lady, and an excellent friend for Karmon. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Bonnie was a really good person.always smiling and joking.we will miss you Bonnie rest in peace
What beautiful family memories you have, Bill & Lori, Emily, Jonathon and Andrew. The party in Heaven this morning must have been one hellava good time! God Bless each of you. We love you and will miss you, Bonnie. Rest In Peace ❤️
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