Genevieve Bonnie “BonBon” Bartels

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 or the Josie Harper Hospice House, as a way to honor BonBon’s memory and support causes close to her heart.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to and click the “view livecast” button.






  • Greg Bliss Posted June 30, 2023 6:34 pm

    Much Love ❤️

  • Laurel Hildreth Liebl Posted July 1, 2023 7:49 pm

    What a beautifully written tribute! I didn’t know Bonnie but she sounds like a wonderful person. My sympathies for your loss. Praying that you are comforted by God’s love through those around you.
    (Margaret [Bliss] Hildreth was my grandmother, my dad was Harry Jr.)

  • Connie Wickham Posted July 2, 2023 5:59 am

    Dear Dan and Heidi, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the wonderful memories of your Mom and the love of family and friends help you in the days ahead. Connie

    • Dan Posted July 3, 2023 10:40 am

      Thanks Connie very nice message. I truly appreciate you are thinking of us in this time.

  • Larry Marinovic Posted July 2, 2023 4:50 pm

    Tony & Travis,
    Connie and I are so sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing. We know how much you both loved her being an integral part of your household in recent years and she must have felt very loved and comforted by being so close to both of you and your fabulous furry friends. She will always be with you in spirit and continue to be part of your lives.

  • Pam Cohn Posted July 5, 2023 8:05 am

    Dear Dan and Heidi, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the memories that you shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    • Dan Posted July 6, 2023 12:39 pm

      Pam thanks for the message. It means a lot to us. Gods Blessings. DAN

  • Cathy Ayers Posted July 5, 2023 4:52 pm

    Dwayne condolences to you and your family. Such a beautiful tribute I know she will be missed by all that knew her Praying for comfort during this difficult time of letting her go . Hugs and prayers for all Miss seeing and talking to you everyday call if you need an ear to listen

  • Tammy Coffman Posted July 5, 2023 4:57 pm

    Dwayne and family Thinking of you. Prayers and love for comfort. Your mother was an amazing

  • Matt & Angel Stottle Posted July 9, 2023 12:26 pm

    Bon Bon was the best! Her bright and fun personality will be greatly missed and we are so blessed we were able to know her. Sending you all lots of love during this time!!!

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