Bonnie Westergard

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Bonnie Jean Westergard, 95, of Le Mars, was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars.

Bonnie was born on March 8, 1927, in Le Mars, to Frank and Trudy (McGraw) Luken. She was the second youngest of five. On July 18, 1949, Bonnie married her high school sweetheart, Richard J. Westergard at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. They lived most of their life in Le Mars where they raised their four children, Julie, Mike, Pat, and Lisa.

Bonnie was the secretary at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce. One of her proudest accomplishments was starting the Le Mars Chamber coffees which continue to this day. She moved on to be a secretary at Plymouth Electric Co-op REC from where she retired in 1994.

Bonnie was an avid golfer and spent hours perfecting her game and enjoying time with her friends. Her other great joy was estate sales, and she had a keen eye for antique furniture and collectables. She took great pride in refinishing the furniture she bought.

Bonnie loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was fondly known as Grandma Tea Party. The front porch was her domain and she spent countless hours on the porch swing talking with them and her neighbors.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Julie (Allan) Gourlie of Edmonds, Washington, daughter-in-law, Kim Westergard of Le Mars, Patrick (Jody) Westergard of Brier, Washington, and Lisa Foreman of Sioux City; 12 grandchildren, Joseph Ideker, Joshua Ideker, Adam Ideker, Katie Gochev, Daniel Westergard, Megan Miller, Drew Gourlie, David Westergard, Nicholas Westergard, Alex Westergard, Alissa Foreman, and Abbey Foreman; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Westergard; son, Michael Westergard; parents; sisters, Shirley West, and Kitty Rolfes; brothers, Lowell, and Paul Luken.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28, at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. James Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars. The family would like to thank the staff at Park Place Estates for their loving care during momís last years and Good Samaritan during her final days.

The Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars is assisting the family with arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at mauerjohnsonfh.com.