In Memory of Bonita "Bonnie" Boerner

Bonita  "Bonnie" Boerner
Bonita "Bonnie" Boerner
Born: August 5, 1920
Died: April 25, 2018
Age: 97
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Bonita "Bonnie" Boerner
August 5, 1920 - April 25, 2018
From: Odebolt, IA

Bonita “Bonnie” Boerner, age 97, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Pastor Ken Miller will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018 at the United Methodist Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Bonita (Bonnie) Viola Nelson Boerner was born on a farm near Kiron, Iowa, on August 5, 1920, the oldest of the seven children of Sidney and Sophia Nelson. She died peacefully after a brief illness at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, Iowa, on April 25, 2018 at the age of 97. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

Bonnie grew up on a farm near Odebolt, and graduated from Odebolt High School in 1937 at the age of 16. She took “normal” training during and after high school to prepare her to teach country school, and taught at the Levy Township #5 school for two years.

She first met Ralph Boerner, the youngest of the five sons of John and Lena Boerner, when she worked as a “summer girl” for Mrs. Boerner. They were married on September 8, 1939, in Cherokee, Iowa and enjoyed 67 years together before Ralph’s death in 2007.

Bonnie and Ralph farmed near Odebolt for the next 44 years, retiring to a house in town in 1984. During that time they raised four children. Bonnie enjoyed gardening and always had a large vegetable garden, but her real love was flowers.  She was proud to have been awarded the Yard of the Month for rural Odebolt in 1976. She was a good bowler and was in a women’s bowling league in Odebolt for many years. She also enjoyed many fishing trips with Ralph and their friends.

Bonnie took great delight in her grandchildren, and they all have fond memories of her. She and Ralph enjoyed attending many of their sports and other activities over the years. During her long life she was privileged to have the opportunity to enjoy great-grandchildren and even a great-great-granddaughter.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Diane B Boyer (Stan) of Charleston, SC, sons Gary J Boerner (Diane) of Gowrie, IA, Merle D Boerner (Jean) of West Des Moines, IA, and Randy R Boerner (Gail) of Dundee, OR; six grandchildren: Peris Brodsky, Michele Kenney, Jeff Boerner, Wendy Stanley, Brad Boerner, and Brian Boerner; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; a sister, Carole Skarin of Lake View, IA and a brother, Sidney Nelson, Jr. of Wall Lake, IA.  She will be greatly missed by all her family.

Memorial gifts in Bonnie’s name may be sent to the Odebolt United Methodist Church, 301 S. Walnut St, Odebolt, IA 51458.



10:30 a.m., Friday
May 11, 2018
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Pastor Ken Miller


Brad Boerner
Brian Boerner
Peris Brodsky
Dalton Boerner
Jeff Boerner
Brent Stanley


9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Friday, May 11, 2018
United Methodist Church
Odebolt, Iowa


"Morning Has Broken"
"Amazing Grace"
"Abide With Me"


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 9:08 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to Bonnie's family with special thoughts to Merle, Jean and family. May God's Peace and
Our thoughts and prayers to Bonnie's family with special prayers to Merle, Jean and family. May God's Peace and comfort be with you on your mom's call Home.

- Randy and Marilyn Schmitt
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11:05 AM
“Merle, Jean, and the Boerner family; I'm really sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.”
- Paul Ross
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 9:20 AM
“Jean, I am sorry for your loss. Farrah had told me that was your mother-in-law. When I think of you, I have fond memories of our school days, 4-H and your lovely mother. God bless you. ”
- Gloria Sykes
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