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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Bonnie Wilkens

Bonnie Jean Wilkens (Brooks)

Thursday, February 3rd, 1944 - Saturday, December 26th, 2020
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Bonnie J. Wilkens, 76, of Marcus passed on December 26, 2020 at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus, Iowa with her family at her side. A Celebration of Life Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Marcus, Iowa. Rev. David Doellinger and Rev. Don Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Bonnie Jean Wilkens was born on February 3, 1944 in Pocatello, Idaho to Harold and Rosalia (Helmbrecht) Brooks, and was the oldest of 3 siblings.

As a child, Bonnie attended schools in Round Prairie, Minnesota and in Bancroft, South Dakota before her family settled in Grand Meadow, Iowa in 1956, where her father was a school custodian and her mother a school cook. Bonnie was part of the first graduating class from the new Marcus High School in 1962. As a young woman, Bonnie worked at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa as a nursing assistant.

Bonnie married Fred H. Wilkens on July 19, 1964 at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. Bonnie was also baptized and confirmed into her faith at Peace Lutheran on December 6, 1964. Bonnie and Fred made their home in Marcus where the couple raised two children, Paul and Diane.

Bonnie very much enjoyed being a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, crafting, and cooking. Family favorites include her goulash, Thanksgiving stuffing, and homemade banana bread. (Her banana bread recipe is in the Marcus Centennial Cookbook and it is amazing.)

After her husband retired, the couple enjoyed traveling with the travel group “Alice and Jack”. They enjoyed car trips throughout Iowa and nightly drives around Marcus were a part of the couple’s routine. Bonnie and Fred entered the Heartland Care Center together in October of 2016.

Bonnie loved and adored her grandchildren and was thrilled to have them visit. Sleepovers at Grandma’s house were a big deal.

Bonnie is survived by a son Paul (Mary Ellen) Wilkens of Marcus, a daughter Diane (James) Sumner of Watertown, South Dakota, three grandchildren, Dylan Sumner, Sarah Sumner, and Christina Wilkens, as well as various nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred on December 15th, 2020, her sister Mary J. Deters, and her brother Michael A. Brooks Sr.

Memorials may be directed to The Marcus Fire Department or Heartland Care Center, Marcus, Iowa.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    5289 C Ave
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Saturday, June 19th, 2021 10:30am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    5289 C Ave
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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    Rev. David Doellinger
    Rev. Don Meyer
  • Interment

    Marcus Amherst Cemetery
    E. Highland Drive
    MARCUS, IA 51035
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Rebecca Nonnweiler

Posted at 01:08pm
Bonnie was such a sweet lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her and was always amazed by her artistic abilities. Of course, she would say that she wasn't good, but her finished projects always showed otherwise. I looked forward to hearing Bonnie's latest baking idea or baking inspiration ideas that she found in magazines. I will forever cherish the towels Bonnie made for us and think of her beautiful soul when using them. Praying for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Nancy Pick

Posted at 07:36pm
Thoughts and prayers for you all. Many fond memories with them years ago. They are at peace and in good hands.

Donna (Deters) Geisenhof

Posted at 05:55pm
Bonnie will be missed by many. Growing up it was alawys a joy to go and spend time at Bonnie and Freds. She always had something yummy she baked. When it was time to leave she would be the first one crying saying goodbyes. I will cherish the memories they have left me. Keep up on the baking Bonnie until we meet again. Lots of love.

Steve Smith

Posted at 12:51pm
Sorry to learn Bonnie has passed.. I think she and Fred were partners all the way and God has joined them again in heaven. Sympathy to all of the family. Steve and Linda Smith

Debra Jorgensen

Posted at 10:32am
Bonnie was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed seeing her at Heartland. You are in my prayers.

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