AKKERMAN – INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Bonnie Ketchum, of Mora, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 85 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
INURNMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Clare Foundation.
Bonnie Lou Ketchum of Mora, Minnesota passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the St. Clare Living Community in Mora. She was 85 years old.
Bonnie was born January 13, 1932 in Gary, South Dakota to Chester and Emma (Roussin) Merrill. Bonnie grew up in Onida, South Dakota; the third of three children and graduated from Onida High School at the age of 18.
Bonnie met Richard “Dick” Ketchum when he was working on a farm in South Dakota; they married on April 4, 1951 at the Methodist Church in Pierre, South Dakota. After several moves they settled in St. Francis, Minnesota in 1956. Dick and Bonnie were officers with the Volunteers of America and worked at Bar-None Boys Ranch. They then transferred to Galloway Boys Ranch on Mille Lacs Lake until they retired.
Bonnie Lou was drawn to music at a very early age. The tag-a-long child; 10 years the junior of her siblings; entertaining herself was a must on the South Dakota prairie. Bonnie was a self-taught musician, playing “by ear”, as she called it. “It’s not that hard, you listen to the tune, find the right keys and play”. Playing accordion? “Well I just watched my reflection in the mirror”. This unique gift brought her life-long enjoyment as she could play almost any instrument that crossed her path. Being an introvert at heart, sharing music became Bonnie’s way of blessing and interacting with everyone she met–and she did! Impromptu jam sessions were the norm in the Ketchum house.
Bonnie and Dick as faithful partners in work and life; blended and shared their love of the Lord and people. Everyone was touched in some way by Bonnie’s willingness to share her gifts. Over the years Bonnie started a church girl’s ukulele band and a bell choir for children, always encouraging the singing and un-abandoned dancing of children.
Bonnie was the bath lady and helped with music therapy at the Sunshine Villa in Mora for many years. What a blessing that her final days would be at that very same facility; now St Clare Living Community; where she was given tender care during her last year and a half. A Musical Joy Giver to the end.
She was preceded in death by her first grandchild Kerri Norton, her parents, brother Frank Merrill, sister Delores Corcoran, husband Dick and the Ketchum siblings.
She is survived by her 3 daughters, Kathy (Mike) Norton, Ruth Ketchum (Marciel), Shirley (Doug) Grewe; grandchildren, Zak (Laura) Norton, Sherry Moore, Harley Swoboda; great grandchildren, Hailey, Derek, Jaedon, Ariana, Hanah, Riley and Fox; sisters-in-law, Jeanne, Bev, Anita; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.