Bonita “Bonnie” Weidauer
May 31, 1929-Feb. 2, 2019
BALATON — Services for Bonita “Bonnie” Weidauer, 89, of Balaton, are 11 a.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Balaton. Burial be at a later date in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
Bonnie died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Ava’s Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Bonita Belle Peterson was born May 31, 1929, to Marlin “Red” and Beatrice (McDaniel) Paterson in Balaton. She was baptized and confirmed in the Methodist church and graduated from Balaton High School with the class of 1947. Bonnie then attended beauty school in Mankato before returning to Balaton to work in the local café.
On July 15, 1955, Bonnie was united to marriage to Vernon “Bud” Weidauer. The couple made their home in Balaton while Bonnie worked as a school secretary. They were proud members of Trinity Lutheran Church where Bonnie served on the church council for many years. The couple enjoyed camping, traveling to Arizona and occasionally Las Vegas. She and Bud shared over 46 years of marriage together before his death in 2001.
Bonnie inherited her strength and generous spirit from her mother. She always has a very giving nature and looked after the community children as if they were her own. She had a special place for animals, especially her pet cocker-ginger. An avid Minnesota Twins fan, Bonnie spent countless hours following her favorite team. Above all she cherished her faith and her church which fostered so many enduring friendships.
Blessed be her memory.
She is survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, and those who cared for her. They include Ronnie Almjeld, Ron and Marcia McDaniel, Dean McDaniel, and Nyla Nordvick. Also, special friends: Jerry and Beth Terhark, Kent Henkel, Kevin Henkel, and Orlin Lustfield.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon “Bud” Weidauer; son, Dwight; and dear friend, Murlaine Henkel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Fund or the Balaton Fire Department.
Hamilton Funeral Home