Bonnie Roeszler

Bonnie Roeszler
Date of Birth: June 16, 1931
Died on: August 06, 2017

Aberdeen, SD-Memorial service for Bonnie Roeszler, 86, of Aberdeen will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. Rev. Marcia Sylvester will officiate.

Burial at 3:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Ashley, ND.

There will be visitation Tuesday, September 5, 2017 from 5-7 pm at the church with family present.

Bonnie died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Aberdeen Health and Rehab.

Bonita “Bonnie” Evangeline, daughter of Orrin and Martha (Tasche) Starr was born June 16, 1931 at Deadwood, SD. She was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from Deadwood High School in 1949. Bonnie attended one year at National School of Business in Rapid City, SD. While in school, she met her future husband, Willis Roeszler, who was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City.

Bonnie and Willis were united in marriage on September 10, 1950 at Ashley, ND in Zion Lutheran Church. They made their home in Ashley. Bonnie worked at McIntosh County Bank until the fall of 1951, when they moved to the Roeszler homestead southeast of Ashley where they raised cattle and small grains until 1971. They then sold the farm and moved to Aberdeen, SD. Bonnie worked at Hub City Iron Store until 1974 and then for South Dakota Department of Social Services until her retirement in 2004. After Bonnie retired she took care of her great-granddaughter which was one of her greatest enjoyments and they developed a very strong bond and enjoyed spending time with each other. In 2009 Bonnie joined Foster Grandparents and helped at Zion Lutheran Pre-School until this year.

She enjoyed tending to her yard, flowers and garden or just spending time sitting on her deck. Bonnie and her son enjoyed traveling to Branson, MO, Hawaii, cruising to the Bahamas and Alaska and attending her grandkids graduations. Family would always joke with Bonnie that her truck could pass anything except a bingo hall as she was an avid bingo player. Bonnie always looked forward to the holidays and the family looked forward to her great home cooked German meals and pastries.

So as her family looks up at the night sky they see the newest, brightest and the last of the Orrin and Martha Starr’s children shining down on them, finally at peace and reunited with her parents, husband, brothers and sister for eternity.

Grateful for having shared Bonnie’s life are three sons, Terry (Jean) Roeszler of Warner, SD, Curtis (Cindy) Roeszler of Marysville, CA and Dennis (Patty) Roeszler of Aberdeen; one daughter, Rhonda (Jay Tolzman) Roeszler of Hillsboro, OR; seven grandchildren, Sandra (Karl) Moen of Bemidji, MN, Michelle Hagan of Aberdeen, Aaron (Melody) Grady of Marysville, CA, Adam (Amber) Roeszler of Marysville, CA, Jenna (Mark) Shinn of Olivehurst, CA, Amanda (Mark) Llewellyn of Portland, OR and Chris (Michelle) Roeszler of Fargo, ND and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, six brothers, Lyle, Marvin, Dale, Dean, Gene and Wayne, one sister, Betty and one grandson, Loyd.

The family prefers memorials to American Cancer Society or Aberdeen Foster Grandparent Program.

Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.


  1. Roger Roeszler says:

    Terr, Curtis, Dennis, Rhonda,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. One of my best memories of your mom was when some friends and I rode motorcycles to Ashley to visit all of you. Your mom prepped an incredible meal and we had a great time. Your mom used to kid me a lot – I’ll always remember her spirit and sense of humor. Our thoughts are with you.
    Roger and Tracy Roeszler

  2. Cindy Beard, Senior Corps Assistant Director of Foster Grandparent Program says:

    Bonnie was such a sweet lady with a love for children which is why she was such a great Foster Grandma. I know she will be missed by her teacher, the children and the Foster Grandparent Program staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. I’m sure you have many great memories to wrap yourselves in.

  3. Roger Roeszler says:

    Terry, Curtis, Dennis, Rhonda,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. One of the best memories I have of your mother is when some friends and I rode motorcycles to Ashley to visit all of you (about 1969?). Your mother prepped an incredible meal and we had a great time. All the while your mother teased me (in a good natured way) – I always enjoyed her spirit and her sense of humor.
    Ou thoughts are with you.
    Roger and Tracy Roeszler

  4. Debbie Higgins says:

    To children of Bonnie:

    We lived just north of your farm. I clearly remember your family and your mother. Glad to see that Bonnie apparently remained quite busy and productive well into her older years. As I recall, Bonnie was a character – the kind of person suited for raising three rambunctious boys! My condolences and prayers for all four of you kids.

    Debbie Vanourny

  5. Connie Vanourny-Grabow says:

    Curtis – Sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I remember her as a very busy mother of four very energetic kids. She knew how to “tell it like it is”. Your farm was the closest neighbor to our farm. Many memories!!! My thoughts are with you and your Family.

    Connie Vanourny-Grabow

  6. Connie Vanourny-Grabow says:

    Curtis – So sorry to hear about your mother, Bonnie’s passing. I remember when she was a young busy woman corralling 4 very energetic children. Bonnie knew how to “tell it like it is”. Your farm was our closest neighbor to our farm in North Dakota. With my mother passing last October and now your mother’s passing, the old neighborhood is about gone. Just to let you know I am thinking about you and the rest of your family.

    Connie Vanourny-Grabow

  7. Carmen Nelson says:

    Dear Roeszler Family-

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bonnie. I remember many times visiting at your house and you coming to ours! I can still hear laughter as our families shared evenings on our farms. Please know you are in our hearts..

    Mike and Carmen Nelson

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