Bonnie L. Herbener

Bonnie L. Herbener

July 6, 1942 – July 28, 2020


Bonnie Loraine Brown Herbener, age 78 passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020 due to neuroendocrine carcinoma and renal failure.  She was born July 6, 1942 in Hartford, SD to Roy and Velma Brown.  She was married to Lloyd Herbener who preceded her in death in 2011.

Bonnie was placed on this earth by God to be a servant of love and peace.  Bonnie loved to love on people.  She was always caring for others.  Her hands were busy making quilts, baking bread, gardening, rubbing backs or feet and holding your hand when you were in need.  Her love was poured out through those acts of kindness.

Bonnie was a dedicated mother first and foremost.  She treasured her two daughters and embraced every moment with them and was their number one cheerleader.  She especially loved her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother to her Raeya sunshine.

For many years Bonnie worked as a nurse caring for many.  She was passionate about the health and well being of all.  Her life was a living example from the Bible verse Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Corinne Mittag and Sara Deitering (Keith), grandchildren: Erik Mittag, Kayla Deitering, Zachary Deitering, and Andrew Deitering; future grand son-in-law, Alex Richard; and great-granddaughter, Reaya Richard, stepchildren: David Herbener (Ann), Kathrine Herbener and Bill McMullen, Steven Herbener, Wendy Herbener Mehne, and Jeffrey Herbener (Debbie); sister, Arlayne Ruhaak; brother, David Brown; sister-in-law, Bonnie Brown; along with many nieces and nephews.  All of these people, she loved, cherished, and touched deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life Saturday, August 1st, 10am, at the West Center Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation, or American Cancer Society, or directed to the family.



  • Scot and Becky Brown Posted July 29, 2020 1:19 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss and we will miss Aunt Bonnie too. We will celebrate her life and remember the good times we shared. May time help you heal and bring you peace. Sending you lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss.

  • Bonnie and Al Posted July 29, 2020 2:03 pm

    We have cherished memories of golf games and family celebrations!
    She was truly a loving , caring servant of God, whose life enriched many ! Bonnie and Al

  • Judy Visker Posted July 29, 2020 2:32 pm

    My love and prayers to Bonnie’s family. I was in her nursing class at Sioux Valley Hospital. She was an enjoyable gal, good nurse, and caring wonderful person.
    –Judy Waagmeester Visker

  • Gloria Rops Posted July 29, 2020 3:32 pm

    I am so sorry about Bonnie’s quick death. We enjoyed seeing her when we had our nurses reunions. She DID seem to enjoy life. I

  • Gloria Gilbertson Rops Posted July 29, 2020 3:35 pm

    I was sad to read about Bonnie’s sudden death. It was always good to see her smiley face when we had our nurses get togethers. I too have medical issues with my kidneys and realize it is not an easy thing to correct. I am glad to see/hear that she is in God’s hands & had a strong faith. Thinking of you & her family. Gloria

  • Janet Mittag Posted July 29, 2020 4:24 pm

    I first met Bonnie when we were nursing students at Sioux Valley School of Nursing in Sioux Falls SD. We had many adventures together. After graduation in 1963 she married my brother Dennis with whom they had two daughters…Corinne and Sara. She went on to get her BSN from a school in Boston. I don’t have dates and time lines for much of this. I also know she was devistated when her brother Charles died and again when her brother-in-law Jim Ruhaak died
    Bonnie was a dedicated nurse and care giver. She will be missed by many.

  • Marlene Beggin Posted July 29, 2020 5:25 pm

    I, too, was in Bonnie’s nursing class at SVH. She was a very kind and gentle person. May good speed her family’s healing. There is one more star in heaven. Marlene Elvik Beggin

  • Michael Obudho Posted July 30, 2020 10:10 am

    Corinne Mittag was my co-worker for 5 years. Sorry for the loss of your mother and a wonderful gift for so many. May her strength continue to radiate through you. God bless!

  • Dave & Kris Rowley Posted July 30, 2020 10:15 am

    Dear Sara, Keith and family, We’re so very sorry to hear of your mother Bonnie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God hold you and comfort you. May your wonderful memories sustain you. From our family to yours much love.

  • Rich and Carol Olson Posted July 30, 2020 2:55 pm

    We have fun memories of times spent with Bonnie and Dennis as our bowling partners in Fairmont. Also, they took us to Des Moines to see “Hello, Dolly”. Bonnie was a super, caring nurse and our good friend. May God bless sweet memories as you cherish her life and as you thank Him for her presence in your lives through the years. Sending our love, prayers, sympathy and friendship to you and your families from our home here in Sioux Falls.

  • Jan Kidman Stratton Posted July 30, 2020 3:18 pm

    My sincere sympathy to Bonnie’s daughters and families upon the loss of their Mother. I, too am a classmate of Bonnie’s from Nurses Training.. It is hard to lose a classmate. I always appreciated her warm smile and her kindness, she was a very caring person. My sympathy to you too, Jan Mittag, I know you were a close friend of hers.. She will be missed.

  • Bud Speidell Posted July 31, 2020 8:41 am

    Many cherished memories of our time together, she was indeed a caring person.

  • Dianne Roisum Posted July 31, 2020 9:53 am

    I had just received a note from Bonnie for my birthday on the 4th so was shocked to hear of Bonnies passing. I too was a SVHSN classmate with Bonnie and have many memories of our three years together. My prayers are you with you all during this difficult time.

  • Pat Swanson Junker Posted August 1, 2020 12:38 pm

    I was very sorry to hear about Bonnie’s sudden death. I would like to send my sympathy to Bonnie’s family and friends. I was also a SVH classmate. We didn’t work together because her name started with B and mine with S but I knew her as a friendly, caring person and nurse.

  • June Anderson Wiesner Posted August 3, 2020 9:22 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Bonnie was a dear friend and classmate at the Sioux Valley School of Nursing and sang the Lord’s Prayer at our wedding.

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