Bonnie L. Wardell, age 71, of Omaha, Nebraska and formerly of Yankton, South Dakota passed away on June 9, 2015 after a short battle with lung cancer.
Memorial services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Ken Lulf officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at church. Inurnment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton.
Bonnie was born September 8, 1943 in Sioux City, Iowa to LeRoy and Marie (Kirkpatrick) Barry. She was the second of six girls. She lived in Danbury, Iowa until she was 10 and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Bonnie graduated from Holy Name High School in Omaha in 1961. She then attended the College of St. Mary in Omaha where she earned her degree as a medical technologist in 1965. Bonnie moved to Colorado where she lived and worked before moving back to Omaha in 1970. Bonnie met and married the love of her life, Larry Wardell on August 12, 1972. Bonnie and Larry lived in Nebraska, Minnesota before moving to Yankton, South Dakota in 1999. Bonnie worked at Scotland Memorial Hospital, Burger King and the SD Department of Labor. In September of 2014, Larry and Bonnie moved to Omaha. Throughout the years, they enjoyed fishing, boating, and sitting by the water. Bonnie enjoyed life to the fullest with Larry, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Larry Wardell; two children: Christina Conklin and Brad Wardell; five grandchildren: Alexis (Brandon) Johnson, Tyler Conklin (Chanda Lammers), Adam (Catherine) Hamm, Tommie Hamm and Josh Wardell; four great grandchildren: Ava, Ryker and Sofiya Johnson and Carter Wardell; four sisters: Connie Gudenrath, Shirley Barry, Linda Wiegel and Patty (Jim) Kitchen; a brother, Leo (Bonita) Kane; brother-in-law, Jerry Becker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Becki; and sister, Nancy Becker.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Yankton Pink Ladies at 1505 W. City Limits Road in Yankton.
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Dear Larry and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We so enjoyed knowing Bonnie and will miss her smile and hugs and seeing her at St. Ben's!
Roger & Barb Heithoff
I am so sorry to hear the loss of your mother and grandmother. Prayers to you and your family.
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