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Bonnie J. Thooft

August 5, 1928 — March 5, 2021

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She hath looked well on the paths of her house. Proverbs 31:27

A tiny woman with an enormous heart danced her way to Heaven on March 5, 2021.
Bonnie was mother to 13 and second mother to the endless flow of neighbor kids and relatives in and out of her home, a place where everyone was welcome. Throughout her life, beginning at a very young age, she took care of everyone around her and up to the minute she left us she was still teaching us the ways of life. She loved her family, she loved her friends, and most of all she loved God.

Bonnie Thooft was born August 5, 1928 to Charles and Alice DeRider in Russell, MN. She attended and graduated from the Russell School. Bonnie was confirmed in the Catholic Faith in July, 1948. Bonnie was united in marriage to Fritz Thooft on August 27, 1947 at St. Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Fritz and Bonnie farmed all their married life side by side as partners and best friends. As a member of the St. Dionysius Catholic Church, she was active in many of the church groups and functions of the church, teaching catechism, distributing communion, lector, parish council member and helping in the kitchen. Bonnie loved camping with her family, playing cards, dancing, reading and being anywhere her family was. She was a familiar face in the community as the Avon Lady.

Bonnie Joyce Thooft passed away March 5, 2021 at the Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler, MN at the age of 92. She is survived by her five sons: Michael (Julie), Kim (Barb), Donnie (Betty), Tony, and Jack (Jennifer); seven daughters: Michele (Fran) Lamote, Becky (Frank) Engels, Cynthia (Steve) Henderson, Debra (Kevin) Mitchell, Joann (Terry) Petersen, Jane (Dana) Larsen, and Lisa (Sam) Bode; 38 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fritz, daughter Jacqueline, grandson Brett Thooft, great-grandson Cordell Sanderson, brothers: Merlin, Charles, Jr., Don, and Jim and sisters: Betty Moat, Charlotte Smith, Carol Lang, Shirley Buechner and Joan VanLerberghe.

We are sad to say goodbye to this wonderful, generous lady and we are eternally grateful for her influence on our lives. May she rest in peace.

Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28

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Visitation

Thursday, March 11, 2021

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler

213 Linwood, Tyler, MN 56178

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Visitation

Friday, March 12, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler

213 Linwood, Tyler, MN 56178

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, March 12, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Dionysius Catholic Church - Tyler

213 Linwood, Tyler, MN 56178

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Graveside

Friday, March 12, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery - Tyler

44.288146,-96.120093, Tyler, MN 56178

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