Bonnie Harriet Wilson, the daughter of Otto and Elsie (Lambrecht) Skjelver, was born May 31, 1921 on her parents’ farm north of Inavale, Nebraska in Webster County. She departed this life October 3, 2018 at Colonial Villa Nursing Home in Alma, Nebraska at the age of 97 years, 4 months and 2 days.
As young girl, she attended the New Virginia country school, and graduated from Red Cloud High School in 1940. While attending school Bonnie and her sisters lived in an apartment in Red Cloud during the week and would spend the weekends back on the family farm. She continued her education to receive her teaching certificate and taught for several years at North Star and Harmony county schools. She told stories of building fires to keep warm and also hauling water into the schools.
On October 3, 1942, she was united in marriage with Johnny Robert Wilson in Smith Center, Kansas. To this union they were blessed with three children, Teresa Ann, Robert Leroy and Jayne Jo.
Bonnie was a very active farm wife and enjoyed helping out on the family farm and ranch. She would prepare and serve meals to all the farmhands and family always with a freshly baked desert. On Wednesday afternoon you could find her working on a quilt with the ladies in the church basement. And in the evenings, Johnny and Bonnie enjoyed playing cards with their many neighbors and friends.
Bonnie was active in the UMVV Church group, Ladies Aid and the Ladies Extension Club. She was also a 4-H Leader for many years and helped with many 4-H projects for her kids and grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny, on November 27, 1994; a daughter, Teresa Wilson; her parents and a sister, Eloise Sanford.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Robert Wilson and wife, Diana; daughter, Jayne Hogeland and husband, William; 5 grandchildren: Laci Dinkler and husband, Scott; Amber Gibson and husband, Wade; Geoffrey Hogeland and wife, Kelli; Grant Hogeland and wife, Tiffany, and Gillian Hogeland; 11 great grandchildren: Makayla, Morgan, Jacob and Janaya Dinkler; Lee and John Gibson; Ian, Isaak, Emerson and Elliett Hogeland, and Everly Hogeland. Also surviving are her sisters, Doris Padovan and Ila Young and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Funeral services were Monday, 10:30 a.m., October 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Bladen with Rev. Dan Albers and Rev. Jim Bendorf officiating. Interment was at the New Virginia Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the New Virginia Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
Phone (402) 746-2500