Carolyn Bohnet
Friday
15
June

Visitation at Main Service

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, June 15, 2018
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
604 Sunrise Avenue
Sanborn, Iowa, United States
Family will be present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.
Saturday
16
June

Memorial Service

10:30 am
Saturday, June 16, 2018
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church
604 Sunrise Avenue
Sanborn, Iowa, United States

Final Resting Place

Roseland Cemetery
Hwy 18 West
Sanborn, Iowa, United States

Obituary of Carolyn Bohnet

 

    Joining an older sister and brother, Carolyn Kay Wittmeier was born on March 21, 1940 to August and Ella Handel-Wittmeier. As a farm child in South Dakota, Carolyn enjoyed riding horses, swimming in farm ponds, and helping her Mother in the kitchen. She loved music, and learned to play the piano, flute, and piccolo.  Anyone who was around Carolyn, knew she loved to play the piano and sing. She attended school in Tyndall, South Dakota, and graduated from The Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota where she studied education and music. 

    On October 4, 1959 Carolyn was wed to Gary Robert Bohnet. Early in their 58 years of marriage, they were blessed with 5 children, and she focused her life on being an amazing at-home Mom. She sewed, she cooked, she baked, and she cleaned. She could open the refrigerator, assemble the left-overs, and make an incredible casserole. Carolyn valued thrift, and nothing was ever wasted. She taught piano lessons out of her home for years, sang in the church choir, and supported her children. The Sanborn High School booster club could always count on quickly selling out of Carolyn's baked goods, especially her meringue pies (her coconut cream meringue pie was the best)! As Carolyn’s kids grew up, she started teaching in a preschool program and eventually Middle School English at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Sheldon, Iowa.  In her retirement years, she continued to substitute with the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school district and played the piano regularly for the United Methodist Church. Carolyn’s life was always about serving others. She served God, her husband, her children, and her community. Her faith in God and her prayer life was unwavering. Carolyn loved praying for (and bragging about) her 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

    Carolyn loved the outdoors, whether it was riding her bicycle, gardening, or mowing her yard. She could be recognized a block away as she pedaled up the street to ride the trail, get the mail, or head to the grocery store. In the winter, she focused on creating her patch-quilts and designing memory books. Carolyn also loved watching sports! On Sunday afternoons, you could find her in front of the television watching the Minnesota Vikings, and many evenings were spent cheering on the Minnesota Twins.   

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary; brother, Lornell Wittmeier;  sister-in-law, Gail Genzlinger; two brothers-in-law, Richard and Ronald Bohnet; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Stark.

    Carolyn is survived by her children: David (Luann) of Jefferson, IA, Mark (Denise) of Sanborn, IA, Steven (Robin) of Midland Park, NJ, Jeffery of Palmer, MA and Anne Stuart (Michael) of Sandston, VA; grandchildren: Neal, Jacob, Bethann, Justin, Rebecca, Ashley, Eric, Evan, Zackery, and Michael;  great-grandchildren: Sophie, Brody, Cole, Cadence, Henry, Benedict, Harrison, Theodore, and Madelynn;  sister, Renee Wittmeier of San Lorenzo, CA; brothers-in-law: Thomas (Mary Lou) of Burke, SD, Donald (Syndi) of Yankton, SD, Lowell of Pierre, SD; sister-in-law, Barbara (Greg) Drees of Gregory, SD; sisters-in-law: Mary Lou Bohnet of Winner, SD, and brother-in-law, Vern Genzlinger of Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

Celebration of Life

 

Carolyn Kay Bohnet

 

Born ~ March 21, 1940 

Died ~ June 10, 2018

Age ~ 78 years    2 months    19 days

 

Memorial Service

 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

10:30 a.m.

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church

Sanborn, Iowa

 

Clergy ~ Rev. Marvin Lindley

 

Organist ~ Pat Wachtel

 

Songs of Praise

 

Processional ~ "How Great Thou Art"  #77

                          "Amazing Grace"  #378

                         "Because He Lives"  #364

Recessional ~ "Spirit Song"  #347

 

Ushers

Gary Japenga  ~  Jim Morfitt

 

Interment

Roseland Cemetery

Sanborn, Iowa

 

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