Evelyn G. Bonnema was born June 21, 1920, on the family farm in Preston Township, rural Le Mars, the daughter of Harry and Dora (Mohlman) Bonnema. Evelyn was baptized at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She attended country school near her home on the farm and when the family moved to Le Mars she continued her schooling in town.
Evelyn was united in marriage to Hilbert Ludwigs May 10, 1942, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Evelyn was proud to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her children. For a number of years she provided child care services in her home.
Evelyn was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Le Mars, where she enjoyed participating with the Dorcas Circle. For many years, she sewed baby gowns for the layettes distributed to missions.
She will be remembered as a talented cook and gardener. She enjoyed baking her "famous" white hot milk cake and decorating many cakes for birthdays and anniversaries.
Evelyn also enjoyed her garden and canning vegetables for family and friends. Evelyn also enjoyed sewing and quilting; having made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her three daughters: Dianne Roepke and her husband, Ed, of Zimmerman, Minn., Karen Connelly, of League City, Texas, and Kathy Carlson, of Winona, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Mary Bonnema of Chandler, Ariz., Joan Bonnema, of Orange City, and Barbara Brown, of Portland, Ore.; her in-laws, Gerd and Phyllis Ludwigs, of Akron, and Irene Ludwigs, of Le Mars; several nieces and nephews; and close friends, Cleo and Jake Ahrendsen and Betty and Ron Pedersen, all of Le Mars.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Dora (Mohlman) Bonnema; her husband Hilbert on Feb. 26, 2004; five brothers: Harry Jr. (Dollie) Bonnema, Orville Bonnema, Gerald (Louella) Bonnema, Marlyn Bonnema, and Franklin Bonnema; and a grandson David Carlson.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with the Rev. Greg Gabriel officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 4 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 7 p.m. prayer service Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Shannon Roepke, Shane Roepke, Samuel Roepke, Skip Roepke, Thomas Carlson, Adam Carlson, Daniel Carlson, Matthew Carlson, Troy Connelly, and Timothy Connelly.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.