In Memory of LaVohn "Bonnie" Alice Tietsort

LaVohn "Bonnie" Alice Tietsort
LaVohn "Bonnie" Alice Tietsort
Born: August 10, 1929
Died: July 19, 2020
Age: 90
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LaVohn "Bonnie" Alice Tietsort
August 10, 1929 - July 19, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort, age 90, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa.  Visitation will be held on Thursday July 23, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are strongly encourage and social distancing rules will apply.  

LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort, the daughter of Louis Arthur and Margaret Carolina (Rief) Sales was born on August 10, 1929. She grew up on the island between Onawa, IA and Decatur, NE, until the age of 11 when her family relocated to Woodbine, IA and then to a farm south of Battle Creek, IA.

Bonnie met the love of her life Lyle Raymond “Dutch” Tietsort and the couple were united in marriage on January 17, 1947, at Aunt Nellie’s house in Omaha, NE. The couple farmed around the Woodbine, Ida Grove, and Salix area before moving to California in 1955. While there, Bonnie kept herself busy raising her children and selling Avon. They relocated back to the Woodbine area in 1958 where they farmed until they bought their own farm in 1962 south of Battle Creek.

In 1992, Bonnie took over the store known as Next to New that her two daughters had started.  All of their wonderful customers remember the store in Ida Grove and Bonnie’s friendly face peeking from behind the counter. This store made many families lives easier offering slightly used furniture and clothing.  Not only did it help the residents of Ida Grove and the surrounding areas, but Bonnie’s family made many fond memories. From attending auctions, taking consignments, to a trip out to eat after a long day, Bonnie continued operating Next to New until she retired and closed its doors.

After 61 years together, Dutch passed away in 2008. The farm got quiet and Bonnie looked forward to her dear friend Irene Van Houten coming out to take the girls to the casino. These two remained steadfast friends until Irene’s passing in 2017.

In her younger years Bonnie enjoyed square dancing with Dutch and they were members of the Danbury Dancers for many years. An accomplished seamstress, Bonnie handmade many of the couples matching square dancing outfits. She also liked camping, road trips, tending to her flowers, playing cards, sewing, making fleece blankets, bundling garden produce, and watching her favorite T.V. shows: Baggage, Family Feud and Days of Our Lives.

Bonnie was her grandchildren’s biggest fan. She relished in attending all of their activities and continued to enjoy attending her great-grandchildren’s activities when she was able. Family was everything to Bonnie and she loved a full house. She would throw together a big pot of noodles, a chocolate cake, and put the coffee pot on in no time if she heard word that company would be stopping in. Oh, don’t forget those coffee tins full of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and warm buns straight from the oven.

Bonnie was proof that true unconditional love, compassion, and devoted friendship could come in small sizes. She always used to kid around by saying “I just a little old lady”. Well little old lady you will be dearly missed.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Lyle (Sue) Tietsort, Jr. of Irwin, IA, Beverly (Al) Loof of Jefferson, SD, Kenny (Sherry) Tietsort of Battle Creek, IA and Debbie (Doug) Van Houten of Battle Creek, IA; 13 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren and 1 step great-great grandchild; brother Lou Dale Sales of Battle Creek, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Margaret Sales; husband Lyle “Dutch” Tietsort; sisters Waunitta (Ormand “Shot”) Kinning, Kathern “Katie” Kessler, Ina (Duane) Maxwell and Margaret “Midge” (Harold) Austin; brother Kenneth Sales; and nephew Butch Kinning.


10:30 a.m., Friday, 
July 24, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Reverend Kevin J. Freese


David Tietsort
Darian Tietsort
Marvin Miller
Darwin Miller
John Tietsort
Matt Tietsort
Joshua Van Houten
Aaron Van Houten
Justin Van Houten

Honorary Pallbearer's
Janet Ladehoff
Janice Calhoon
Carmel Berglin
Keely Goettsch


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"In The Garden"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"The Old Rugged Cross"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM
“Bonnie was such a sweet lady. so very sorry for her family and many many friends.

- Fern Krayenhagen
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:25 PM
“Dutch and Bonnie used to square dance with my parents, Eldon & Mabel Skou of Galva, and they all had such fun and shared a special friendship. Bonnie was such a sweet lady and I know you will all miss her very much. Take comfort knowing that she is united with the love of her live and is at rest and peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Pat Mildenstein-Rector”
- Pat D Mildenstein-Rector
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:25 PM
“We would like to extend our sympathy to Bonnie’s family! She was a very fine lady and a joy to take care of! Always a smile on her face!!”
- Micki and John Fischer
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:25 PM
“Thinking of all of the family and friends of Bonnie. She wa

s such a very nice lady. Cherish the wonderful memories that were made.
- Sheila Petersen
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:02 AM
“We want to offer our deepest sympathies to all of Bonnie's family. She was a very special lady--so kind and considerate. Always thinking of others. My folks enjoyed so many dances with Dutch and Bonnie over the years. She will be missed but not forgotten. She is in a wonderful place and now home with Dutch once again. Grace & peace. Carl & Gaylene Lee”
- Carl & Gaylene
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:02 AM
“To the Tietsort family: Bonnie was a sweet lady, she will be missed. She went to sleep and woke up with God and family. Her and Dutch are back together. God bless all of you.”
- Byron Hartwig
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:02 AM
“Such great memories of Bonnie when I was growing up. She created an entire family of friendly, happy people. My heart goes out to the entire family. ”
- Jim Modrell
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9:51 AM
“Bonnie was such a neat lady. We enjoyed her company. She always had a smile . Our prayers to all the families.”
- Marie & Robert Baker
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 9:51 AM
“I want to extend my sympathy to Bonnie's family. She was a very kind lady. She taught Ray and me how to square dance. I'm sure she's smiling down from heaven. God Bless ”
- Connie Dirksen
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