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Bonnie Donahue

Sept. 12, 1922 - Sept. 12, 2013

September 13, 2013
Estherville News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Bonnie Donahue, 91, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Elrod officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in


She died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Rosewood Manor in Estherville.

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Bonnie Donahue

Bonnie DeVee (Bammer) Donahue, the daughter of Howard and Pearl (Mase) Bammer, was born Sept. 12, 1922 in Le Mars.

Bonnie spent the majority of her life in Estherville, graduating from Estherville High School and then attending Estherville Junior College. She also attended EIB in Des Moines.

Bonnie has been employed at various businesses over the years including: Estherville Junior College, Northwestern National Life Insurance, Iowa Lakes Electric, Dan Sanderson City Assessment, Hammond Oil and Super Valu. Bonnie was an involved member of the Estherville community. She ran for office, was a committed member of the Democratic Party and volunteered for various charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Relay for Life.

Bonnie was an active member of the Many Voices Choir, Beta Sigma Phi sorority and the First Presbyterian Church where she participated in the choir and bell choir. Bonnie's love of animals was well known throughout the community. She continually advocated for the humane treatment of animals and took in dozens of stray cats and dogs over the years.

Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Christy Johnson of Greeley, Colo. and Darcy O'Connor and her husband, Daniel, of Denver; and two grandchildren, Alexandra Johnson of New York City and Brandon Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo.

She has been preceded in death by her husbands, Elvin Cody and Francis Donahue, and parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Bonnie's name to the Emmet County Animal Shelter. Donations can be made online at: or by mail to P.O. Box 335, Estherville, IA 51334.

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