AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Yvonne “Bonnie” Ekstrom, of Ogilvie, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Milaca Elim Home. She was 82 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.
INURNMENT will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora at a later date.
Yvonne “Bonnie” Mae Ekstrom, of Ogilvie, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Elim Home in Milaca. She was 82 years old.
Bonnie was born on May 29, 1937 in Mora, Minnesota to parents Herbert and Selma (Sommers) Elling. The youngest of 10 children, Bonnie grew up in the Ogilvie area. She attended the Cooper County School for a few years, before her mother became the teacher at the Lowell School in Mora. Bonnie and her mother lived in the one room shack on the school grounds for a number of years. Bonnie was always very close to her mother Selma, who taught her to crochet and embroider. In 1952, Bonnie attended Ogilvie High School. She graduated on May 29, 1955 (her 18th birthday). After graduation Bonnie went to work at the American Linen Supply Company in Minneapolis. A few years later, she took a job at the Minnesota Rubber Company in St. Louis Park where she worked as an inspector and spray painter for the next five years.
In 1962, Bonnie married Roger Ekstrom in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The couple lived in Wanamingo and Savage for a few years and Bonnie returned to work at the Minnesota Rubber Co. In 1968, they left the cities and moved to Outing, Minnesota where they owned and operated a Standard Oil Station for 12 years. They moved to Kingman, Arizona in 1980 where they ran an energy saving business for three years before Bonnie and Roger divorced. She returned to Minnesota to live with her sister Gloria and her husband Myron. Bonnie took a job at the Mack Engineering Company where she worked for the next 18 years before retiring in 2000. After retirement, Bonnie moved back to the Ogilvie area where she spent her final years. In the last several years, Bonnie enjoyed country music and loved going to and participating in community dances.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents and 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
She is survived by brothers, Merle (Gale) Elling, and Lyle “Wayne” (Roberta “Bobbie”) Elling; special friend Lyle Anderson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.