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 Grada Wilemina “Mickie” <I>Keunen</I> Bonnema

Grada Wilemina “Mickie” Keunen Bonnema

Gelderland, Netherlands
Death 10 Mar 2010 (aged 94)
Hills, Rock County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Steen, Rock County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 100129691 · View Source
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Minnie "Mickie" Bonnema, 94, Steen, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at the Tuff Memorial Home in Hills.

Funeral services were Monday, March 15, at the Reformed Church of Steen in Steen. The Rev. Dan Kuik officiated. Burial followed at the Eastside Cemetery in Steen.

Grada Wilemina Keunen was born on Dec. 30, 1915, to Ben and Johanna (Veldhorst) Keunen near Varseveld Gelderland, Netherlands. When she was 10 years old, she moved with her family to Sioux Center, Iowa. In 1934 the family moved to Steen. While growing up, she helped on the family farm and did housework for friends around Steen.

On Feb. 2, 1938, she married Nelson Bonnema at her parents' home. After their marriage they farmed northeast of Steen for four years. They then moved to a farm east of Steen and lived there for 38 years. In 1980 they retired and moved to Steen.

She was a member of the Reformed Church of Steen, where she was active in Ladies Aid Society and taught catechism. She enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, sewing and tending her flowers. She loved music and often sang with her husband. She especially enjoyed playing games with her grandchildren and telling them stories.

Mrs. Bonnema is survived by six children, Beth Sakurai, Yokohama, Japan, Donald Bonnema, Rock Rapids, Iowa, Stan (Gloria) Bonnema, Waconia, Ginger (Jim) France, Sioux City, Iowa, Mark (Eva) Bonnema, Federal Way, Wash., and Mike (Jodie) Bonnema, Steen; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jo Aykens and Mildred Keunen, both of Steen, a brother-in-law, Arnold Bonnema, George, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Nelson; a son-in-law, Akira Sakurai; and a sister, Bertha Bosch.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Hills was in charge of arrangements.

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