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Helen Arlene Bonner

Aug 19, 2008

ESTHERVILLE – Funeral services for Helen Arlene Bonner, 79, of Estherville, will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. also at the United Methodist Church in Estherville. 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.

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. They raised their family in Ottumwa, where they lived until 1973 when 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 seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren’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 was always her number one priority. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and working on crafts. Helen will truly be missed by all who were blessed to have known her.

Helen Arlene Bonner passed away, Saturday Aug. 16, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Center in Estherville.

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, Minn., and former daughter-in-law Kim Oelsen of Pequot Lakes, Minn.; grandchildren: Barry (Shanette) Bonner of Emporia, Kan., Jeremy Bonner and special friend Jodi Davis of Graettinger, Jessica Bonner of Breezy Point, Minn., Kellen and Christian Bonner of Pequot Lakes, Minn, Gable and Chase Bonner of Estherville; great-grandchildren: Nydia Bonner and Quintin Marquez of Emporia, Kan.; 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, Dora Sloan and Nora Feagins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Good Samaritan Center or Avera Holy Family Hospital Auxiliary in Estherville.