LaVonne E. “Bonnie” Boelman, 93, died June 6, 2019 at the Solon Care Facility. Services were held June 10 at First Reformed Church in Meservey. Burial was in the Meservey Cemetery.
Bonnie was the 10th of 11 children born to Jacob and Rosa (Pals) Dorenkamp. She excelled in basketball and softball at Meservey High School. Following graduation in 1943 she went to Chicago and made parts for B-17 bombers. She married Benjamin Boelman in 1945 and shortly after was offered a scholarship to play basketball at AIB in Des Moines, but she turned it down.
Bonnie was the ultimate people person. She drove a school bus for 25 years, enjoyed fishing with her husband, loved making quilts for her children and grandchildren, and making crafts and embroidered tea towels for family and friends. After her husband died in 1984 she worked at Unisys in Clear Lake for 10 years, then took classes as a nurses aide and hospice caregiver. She was the mayor of Meservey for 12 years starting in 1990. Bonnie was a member of the First Reformed Church all her life and active in the RCW.
In 2004 Bonnie moved to the Belmond Retirement Apartments. She moved into the Family Living Center in North Liberty in 2012. She enjoyed being close to family and sharing in their lives. While in Belmond, she traded her car for a scooter and put many miles on the bike paths of Belmond and North Liberty enjoying the outdoors and visiting with others.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Nettie Watermiller, Martha Heykants, Ethel Dorenkamp, Luella Boelman, Ruth Suntken, Marie Schott and Leona Lieberknecht; and brothers Lewis, Lester and Robert Dorenkamp.
She is survived by daughters Roberta (Terry) Donahue and Rebecca Sheldon, both of North Liberty; grandchildren Jason (Kristie) Donahue, Heather (Travis) Skiba, Melissa (George) Meints, Aaron (Brandy) Schroeder and Seth (Erin) Schroeder; and 13 great-grandchildren.