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Bonnie M. O’Leary

June 13, 2018
Emmetsburg News

A Funeral Mass for Bonnie M. O'Leary of Emmertsburg was held Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. The Joyce Funeral Home inEmmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Marie O'Leary, daughter of Everett and Violet (Robinson) Knudson, was born March 30, 1934 in Emmetsburg. Her family moved to Pasadena, CA for eight years, and at the age of 14, the Knudson's returned to Emmetsburg.

On Aug. 19, 1952, Bonnie was united in marriage to Robert O'Leary at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. They farmed for five years, then moved to town and built a new home. They grew out of their home and moved to a six bedroom home across town where they raised their four boys.

Bonnie cooked at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg for four years. Then she cooked and cleaned for the local priests for 12 years. They were totally spoiled with her delicious meals. Bonnie loved to camp, cook, babysit grandchildren, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy life.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish for 65 years.

On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Bonnie passed away at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Robert, Sr.; sons: Robert Jr. (Yvonne) of Sibley and Daniel (Gloria) of Emmetsburg; grandchildren: Janell, Jay, Daniel, Wendy, Ken, Pete, Chrystal, Mike and Jennifer; 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evertt and Violet; two sisters, Bettty Fordyce and Beverly Thiel; two sons, Peter and Kenneth O'Leary; and her great-grandaughter, Hayley Ann.

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