Genevieve Bonnie “BonBon” Bartels
March 3, 1943 – June 1, 2023
In Loving Memory: Remembering the Life of Genevieve Bonnie “BonBon” Bartels
Genevieve Bonnie Bartels, affectionately known as BonBon, passed from this life on June 1, 2023, at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Born as Genevieve BIiss on March 3, 1943 in St. Paul, Minnesota, she embarked on a life filled with diverse experiences and a deep devotion to her family.
Bonnie spent the majority of her 80 years living within an 80-mile radius of St. Paul, immersing herself in the restaurant business. Notably, she managed the renowned Schumacher’s New Prague hotel in New Prague, MN, for many years. Later in 1989, she earned her degree from the Minnesota State University-Mankato and began working at US Bank. In 2004, she relocated to Omaha, NE, to be closer to most of her children and grandchildren, where she worked at Lakeside Orthopedics until her retirement in 2008.
BonBon’s true joy came from spending quality time with her family, and she held a special fondness for road trips, often using them as opportunities to create lasting memories. An unwavering fan of the Minnesota Vikings, she followed their journey passionately. BonBon enjoyed playing games and watching various sports. She was an active member of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, where her faith found solace and community.
Preceding her in death were her father, Martin; mother; Betty; and sister, Fran. She is survived by her five children: Vickie (Jamie) Majorek of Carter Lake, IA, Paula Bartels of Republic, MO, Dwayne (Jason) Kriegel of Farmington, MN, Dan (Heidi) Bartels of Omaha, NE, and Tony (Travis) Taylor of Omaha, NE. Additionally she leaves behind nine grandchildren: Jennifer Capps, Danielle Blaschko, Ashlee (Tony) Newburn, Amanda (Christian) Triand, Kyra (Jake) Welch, Jenna Wanna Kriegel, Timothy Kriegel, Dominick Bartels and Nolan Bartels. BonBon also had the joy of being a great-grandmother to: Tiana Greco, Ayden Daly, Alexander Newburn, James Newburn, and Jaxtyn Wade.
BonBon had a special affection for animals, but her fur grandchildren: Elizabeth, Truman, and Triumph Taylor, held a special place in her heart.
A Memorial Service will be held on July 9, 2023 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 7706 South 96th St. LaVista, NE. Family members will be present to greet guests at 1:00 pm, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests making donations to TheTrevorProject.org or the Josie Harper Hospice House, as a way to honor BonBon’s memory and support causes close to her heart.
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