Bonny M. Pawelk, age 85, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the Legacy in Delano.
She was born Sept. 17, 1930, in Franklin Township, the daughter of Clarence and Goldie (Keplinger) Matter Sr. Bonny was baptized and confirmed at the Methodist church in Delano.
She was united in marriage to Orville A. Pawelk June 8, 1949, at the Methodist church in Delano.
Bonny was a long-time member of St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood, and an active member of the Ladies Aid.
She was a very hard worker, and held various jobs throughout her life including babysitting while moms bowled at the Hollywood Sports Complex, getting up at 3 a.m. to bake delicious donuts and cakes at Econo Grocery Store in Watertown, serving food samples at Mackenthun’s with a smile, and cleaning houses, making sure everything was spic and span.
The job most important to Bonny was being a wife and mother. She helped Orville on the farm by driving the tractor, and fed her growing family by raising and butchering chickens, and canning and freezing produce from her enormous garden.
Bonny was an excellent cook and was always cooking up a feast for her family and extra farm help. No one ever went away hungry!
She had a love for challenging 1,000-piece puzzles and Shirley Temple movies. Bonny also enjoyed her flower gardens and being a twin to her sister, Betty. Her greatest pleasure came from being a part of her grandkids and great-grandkids lives, doing her best to make it to all of their events.
Bonny and Orville stuck together through thick and thin. Their love for each other grew stronger even as their bodies grew weaker. Orville was able to be by her side and walk Bonny home to Jesus when she passed away.
Bonny was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Wayne Coburn; parents Clarence and Goldie Matter; sister Dorothy Jamma; sister Pamela Zins; brothers-in-law Peter Jamma, Germain “Bud” Boll, Ben Domjahn, George Hermann, and Jimmy Boll; father-in-law and mother-in-law Fred and Elsie Pawelk; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Friedola Pawelk, Willard Pawelk, Bernice Pawelk, Glennard Pawelk, DeLloyd Pawelk, Elaine Pawelk, Kenneth Pawelk, Germaine Pawelk, and Wayne Sievert.
She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Orville; children: Peggy Coburn of Andover, Nancy (Keith) Hokenson of Watertown, Dave Pawelk of Delano, Bradley (Debbie) Pawelk of New Germany, Mary (Mike) Robbin of Delano, Linda (Tom) Schmidt of New Germany, Renee (Steve) Parochka of Mayer, Chris (Tony) Bartlett of Ham Lake, Heidi (Rob) Seidenkranz of Monticello, Angie Wandersee (special friend Clint Berge) of Watertown, and Jason Wandersee of Mayer.
Bonny is further survived by grandchildren Jenny and Jeff Ehnstrom, Chad Coburn and fiancée Whitney, Brandon “BJ” and Beth Coburn, Megan and Andy Basham, Brock Hokenson, Wade and Amanda Hokenson, Brady and Melissa Hokenson, Jered and Holly Hokenson, Crystal Pawelk, Chasity and Dave Mathis, Joshua Pawelk, Jesse and Karilyn Pawelk, Ryan and Bria Pawelk, Adam Pawelk, Jason and Amy Pawelk, Michael Pawelk, Matthew Pawelk, Jeff and Stephanie Hissam, Eric and Katie Hissam, Holly and Luther Workman, Heather and Ryan Reed, Amy and Emmanuel Foster, Robert and Kelsey Schmidt, Jonathan and Michelle Schmidt, Tyler and Chanel Schmidt, Andy and Laura Parochka, Laura and Matthew Burns, Timothy Parochka, Lindsay Bartlett, Allison Bartlett, Nicholas Bartlett, Erica Seidenkranz, Amber Seidenkranz, Jacob Wandersee, Chelsea Wandersee, Austin Wandersee, Isaac Wandersee; and great-grandchildren Nathan, Taylor, Allison and Zachary Ehnstrom, Cora and Riley Coburn, Mackenzie Basham, Harper, Jack, Haley and Jay Hokenson, Sloane and Mitchell Hokenson, Henry and Arthur Hokenson, Presley Pawelk, Jackson Pawelk, Isabella, Sydney and Cameron Mathis, Peyton Pawelk, Aubrie Pawelk, Alicia Oren, Brandon, Emilie, Hunter and Addison Hissam, Tatum and Jaidyn Workman, Odacia and Caijior Foster, Cora Reed, Lydia Schmidt, Naarah, Maia and Naomi Schmidt, Eli Parochka, Noah and Gavin Swenson, and Ava, Ella and Addilyn Burns.
In addition, Bonny is survived by three sisters, Marion Boll, Vivian Hermann, both of Watertown, and Betty Boll of Waconia; brother and sister-in-law Clarence “Buzz” and Virginia Matter Jr. of Delano; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Adeline Pawelk of Hutchinson, Eldor and Joan Pawelk of Maple Lake, Eldon and Barb Pawelk of Montrose, and Priscilla Sievert of Eau Claire, WI; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Bonny’s funeral service took place Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Twp., New Germany with the Rev. Dean Mahlum officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Friday, July 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; continuing Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Casket bearers were Jennifer Ehnstrom, Brock Hokenson, Joshua Pawelk, Ryan Pawelk, Jeff Hissam, Robert Schmidt, Andrew Parochka, Lindsay Bartlett, Erica Seidenkranz, and Jacob Wandersee.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.