Clara Bonestroo

Clara D. Bonestroo, age 88, of Sheldon,Iowa passed away onFriday, June 15, 2012 at the Sanford Health Center Senior Care in Sheldon,Iowa.

Her service will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 19, 2012at the United Methodist Church in Sheldon with Rev. Marvin Lindley ~ Officiating. Burial will be in the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation will be after 3:00 P.M. Monday, June 18, 2012 with the family present from 6 to 8 the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon is in charge of arrangements. Online memorial condolences may be sent to:

Clara D. Bonestroo was born November 18, 1923to Herman and Reintge (Hamstra) Dirksen on the family homestead near Ireton, Iowa. On October 28, 1943, she was united in marriage to Fred Bonestroo in Perkins,Iowa. After Fred was discharged from the service they resided inRock Valley,Iowa until 1956 when they moved to Sheldon where they raised their family. Fred and Clara enjoyed traveling together and wintering in California and Texas. They had worked together at the Christian Retirement Home in Sheldon. Fred preceded her in death on November 14, 2001 in Sheldon. Clara had made her home in the Christian Retirement Home, Fieldcrest and for a few days at Senior Care. Clara passed away on Friday June 15, 2012at Senior Care reaching the age of 88 years, 6 months and 27 days.

Clara was a member of theUnited Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting with other church members and was known for her beautiful crocheted afghans. She gave dozens away and all of her children and grandchildren have at least one of her afghans. She also made baby blankets for her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as numerous friends. She also enjoyed bowling and reading.

Clara will always be remembered for her generous heart. She loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them.

Left to cherish her memory are four daughters: Arlene and Bob Sterler of Sheldon; Lynn and Dean Seivert of Sheldon; Pat and Larry Snyder of Fremont, NE.; Pam and Darrell Kruger of Tea, SD; eleven grandchildren: Karen (Craig) Christians, Blue Earth, MN; Shelly(Russ) Palmer, Rock Rapids, IA; Bill (Renee) Sterler Sanborn, IA; Troy (Dawn)Seivert, Sheldon, IA; Robbie (Darrin) Korthals Rock Rapids, IA; Kerri (Bryan) Peterson, Lincoln, NE; Tim (Amy) Snyder, Lincoln, NE; Rachel (Adam) Jorgensen; Gilbert, AZ.; Dave (Sally) Snyder, Omaha, NE; Darrell Kruger Jr., Tea, SD; Elizabeth Kruger and fiancée, Zach Smith; Tea, SD; twenty one great grandchildren; Cody, Brandon and Courtney Christians; Travis and Ryan Sterler; Dayna and Dalton Korthals; Dominic and Sierra Seivert; Kirsten and McKinzie Peterson; Nick, Riley, Tyler Deubelbeiss, Eli Brown and Lily Snyder; Will and Sean Snyder; and Dale, Davis and Drew Jorgensen, a sister, Rena Niemeyer; brother-in-law, Gerald (Gert) Bonestroo; sister-in-laws, Anne Bonestroo, Agnes Bonestroo, Betty Bonestroo, Henrietta Bonestroo and Alberta Rozeboom, also many nieces, nephews and friends.

Clara was preceded in death by Fred, her beloved husband of 58 years, a great granddaughter, her parents, two brothers and three sisters.