Bonnie M. Church, 87, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.
She was born on Feb. 19, 1931, in Burwell, to Charles and Elma (Krause) Cronk, the oldest of four children. Bonnie attended school in Burwell, graduating with the Class of 1948. After graduation, she taught in a rural school near Burwell.
On Dec. 16, 1949, she married Royal Church in Burwell. Seven children were born to this union: Chuck, Cliff, Clint, Cheryl, Carolyn, Connie and Carol. Royal’s work as a cowboy/ranch hand took them to many ranches in western Nebraska. They eventually moved from Brady to Lexington in 1978, where Bonnie was a homemaker and worked in retail at Pamida and Wal-Mart. She was employed at Wal-Mart for over 25 years, retiring in 2010.
Bonnie loved playing cards, enjoyed gardening, word search puzzles, westerns on TV and the Huskers.
Survivors include three sons, Chuck Church of Borrego Springs, California, Cliff (Karmin) Church of Imperial and Clint Church of Bowie, Maryland; four daughters, Cheryl Church of Roseville, Minnesota, Carolyn Graves of Bowie, Maryland, Connie Linder of Hastings and Carol (Mike) Meyer of Gibbon; two brothers, Lawrence Cronk of Lexington and Loran “PeeWee” (Sandy) Cronk of Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Carol Hilts of Lansing, Michigan; along with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Royal; two grandsons, Jeff and Chris; sister, Betty Nekuda; and sister-in-law, Bernice Cronk.
Visitation was held Tuesday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, with Pastor Nathan Rhea, officiating.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Mt. Carmel Home Keens Memorial in Kearney.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting reynolds lovefuneralhome.com.