Helen C. Bonfig

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Helen C. Bonfig, age 96 of Ionia, IA died Thursday, April 16, 2009 at New Hampton Care Center.Helen Catherine Bonfig was born on August 25, 1912 to Joseph and Mary (Zeien) Hillsman in North Washington, IA. She attended school in North Washington and graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Elma. Helen worked as a nanny in California until she was united in marriage to Evroul Bonfig on January 5, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA. She and Evroul operated Bonfigs Tavern and Caf at Ionia for 30 years. Helen also volunteered at the Charles City Hospital as a Pink Lady and at St. Boniface Bingo for many years. Helen enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She also greatly enjoyed her grand and great grandchildren coming to visit. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. Boniface Guild, and the Jolly 15 Ladies Club. Helen is survived by her three sons Dan (MaryAnn) Bonfig of Cottonwood, AZ, Dick (Debbie) Bonfig, and Dave (Karen) Bonfig of Ionia, IA; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother Edward Hillsman of Waterloo, IA; and a niece she helped raise, Wilma Schnurr of Mason City, IA. She is preceded in death by her husband Evroul; her parents; eight brothers Irvin, Ray, Ralph, Frank, Art, Vincent, and infant brothers John and Joe; four sisters Ann Heit, Alice White, Louise Hilsman, and Wilhemina Hilsman. Cemetery: Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery at Ionia, Iowa, with Craig, E.J., Mike, Aaron, Chris, and B.J. Bonfig serving as casket bearers. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Ionia Funeral Home in Ionia with a scriptural wake service at 6:30 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home in Ionia. Service: Mass of Christian burial will be at10:30 am on Monday, April 20, 2009 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, in Ionia, Iowa with Msgr. Carl Schmitt as celebrant.

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  1. Dick, Dave and family,
    I was sorry to hear about your mother passing away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time. You have my sympathy.

    Edna Schwickerath

  2. To Dan(Mary Ann), Dick(Debbie),Dave(Karen) Bonfig,10 Grandchildren,3 Great Grandchildren,1 Brother Eward H. Hillsman,& 1 Neice that Helen help raise Wilma Schnurr.We are so sorry in lose of your Mother,Mother-in-law,10 Grandchildren,3 Great Grandren,Brother Eward Hillsman,1 Neice Wilma Sahnurr,all relatives,& all who Helen touched in any! You all have are Deepist Sympthy, We are here for you all if you need anything Please feel free to call us. (Alice,& Tom Rasing). God only takes the best to heaven God.So God came an took Helen to Heaven to be with him for ever. So Helen is watching over all of us in heaven and Helen is watching over you all ! Helen is in each ones heart for ever! Helen is watching over all of us! God Bless Helen,& God Watch Over Helen! To all of her Family You all Have are Deepist Sympathy! Love ones each one of you have very special memories, treasure,& no one can ever take them from each one of you there your Plus friend ect… Are prays, thoughts,special time spend with your Mother,Mother-in-law,10Grandchildren,3Great Grandmother, 1 niece,1 brother,Who all have touch Helen in any way! rember how very special Helen was to each one of us.All the little thing Helen did for you all !you all have lots of memories to share wih each other at the time of lose of Helen Mother,Mother-in-law,Grandchildren,Great Grandmother,1 Brother,1 Niece,& all who knew Helen. Helen was Mother,Mother-in-law,Grandmother,Great Grandmother,Brother, Niece,& all Who knew Helen! God Watch Over You All,& God Bless You All!We are here for each one of you! To all we are with each one Are Prays,thought,hearth,ect.. Love Alice,& Tom(Thomas) Rasing ACKR Each one keep your smiles going Helen never left you she was sent to heaven, & is in each ones heart for ever! She know ever thing about all thats going on with all! We love you all!


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  4. Memories keep the one you loved
    close to you in spirit and thought
    and always in your heart,
    today and forever.

    With sympathy,

    Wayne Paper

  5. My sympathy to the family. I was acquainted with Dick and Dave, years ago. I worked with Dick when the Oliver plant was operating. I just lost my brother last week.

  6. Our sincere sympathy to all of the Bonfig family.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Louuise and Donn

  7. To the Helen Bonfig family,
    Orlin and I want to extend to you our sympathy with the passing of Helen. Your family is in our prayers. It is tough loosing a parent. Memories are precious. God bless.
    Orlin and Jan Herfindal

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