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Bonnie Spahn - May 26, 2011


Bonnie Jean Spahn was born Aug, 8, 1925 and went to be home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 23, 2011.
Bonnie was born in Imperial, Neb. to Andrew and Alma Banks. She was their youngest child as she had two older brothers, Don and Herman and a sister, Dorothy Deselms. All of these have preceded her in death.
She graduated valedictorian from Chase County High School in 1943 and then taught one year in a country school near Imperial. Bonnie left teaching to attend nursing school at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. and graduated in 1947 as a registered nurse.
While in training she met Lyle Spahn and they were married in January 1948. The newlyweds moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where their six children were born.
In 1961 the family moved to Lincoln.
While raising her family, Bonnie worked at Lincoln General Hospital two nights a week. Bonnie loved being a nurse and went back to college to further her education at Nebraska Wesleyan receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1977. She retired from nursing in 1987.
For over 20 years, Bonnie served as camp nurse at Iowa Bible Camp. She provided nursing care, comfort and candy to 100 to 200 children (and the counselors) each June. Camp week was a highlight of Bonnie’s summer and she cherished her many friends from camp.
Lyle and Bonnie moved to Omaha in 2007.
Bonnie opened her home to extended family and friends who knew they could stop in while traveling and knew they would be welcomed by a hug, great dinner and a place to stay. All of the family has very fond memories of the wonderful times spent around the dinner table.
Bonnie and Lyle’s children remained her greatest joy. Even in her last days, she would ask for an update on how they were doing. Their children are Randy (Sibyl) of Norfolk, Neb.; Gary (Arlene) of Glen Haven, Colo.; Jim (Kelly) of Munds Park, Ariz.; Andrea (Terry Cooney) of Omaha, Neb.; Timothy of Lincoln, Neb.; and Susan of Omaha, Neb. In addition to her husband and children, Bonnie is survived by 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be today, Thursday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. at Roeder Mortuary.
Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Neb.
Roeder Mortuary, Inc. of Omaha is in charge of arrangements.