Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN
320-679-1933

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN
320-396-2121

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

BONNIE GRUNKE

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Bonnie Jean Grunke, of Mora, MN, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the River Grand Sr. Living in Grand Rapids, MN.  She was 78 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Anthony Cloose officiating.

WATCH BONNIE’S PRAYER SERVICE & EULOGY

WATCH BONNIE’S FUNERAL SERVICE

VISITATION will be held from 4:00 -6:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2022 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and again 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. PRAYER SERVICE will be held at 5:30 pm on Friday.

INURNMENT will be held at a later date in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Bonnie Jean (Holznagel) Grunke passed away March 8, 2022, in Grand Rapids, MN. She was 78.

Bonnie was born December 23, 1943, to Elmer and Elizabeth “Betty” (Smith) Holznagel in Braham, MN, along with her older brothers Jim and Jerry. She was confirmed in Grace Lutheran Church and later graduated from Mora High School in 1961. After graduation, she worked for Blaw Knox Co. in Mora and later worked at People’s National Bank in the insurance department, and at N.W. Bell Telephone Co. as a customer service representative. Bonnie then served as an office aide for Ogilvie Public Schools from 1979 until retirement in 2006.

Bonnie married Harlan Grunke in ¬¬¬1967 and their son Neil was born to complete their family. Bonnie then transferred membership to Zion Lutheran Church in Mora upon her marriage to Harlan.

Bonnie loved music. Whether it was playing saxophone in the high school band, singing in and directing church choir, playing piano, line dancing, singing along to the radio while cooking –music was a cornerstone in her life.

Bonnie also loved the outdoors and loved living in her little red house that overlooked Fish Lake. She was an avid gardener and took care of many colorful flower gardens that bloomed every spring. She also cared for a vegetable garden and a bountiful raspberry patch. She enjoyed taking walks with her dogs Abby and Shauna, feeding the neighborhood birds, and taking stunning sunset photos of the lake. She also loved spooky movies, rooting for the Minnesota Vikings, and being involved in her church.

Anyone who knew Bonnie knew they would be treated to a hearty homemade meal when they would stop in for a visit, completed by some kind of baked good–cookies, bars, lemon meringue pie, etc.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Betty Holznagel, her husband Harlan Grunke, and her in-laws Ralph and Eloise Grunke.

Bonnie is survived by her son Neil Grunke, her grandchildren Laura and Wes Grunke, her brothers Jim (Sharol) and Jerry (Barb) Holznagel, and her daughter-in-law Candy Grunke. She was also an adoring aunt to many nieces and nephews, fond cousin to many, loving sister-in-law, and friend to all.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you direct any memorials in Bonnie’s name to the ALS Association at www.als.org.

6 thoughts on “BONNIE GRUNKE”

  1. So sorry to hear about your loss of Bonnie. I hadn’t heard of her being in a health crisis.
    Love & hugs….
    Dave & Margie

  2. Bonnie was a breath of fresh air, always cheery.. even when we would somehow mess up her copy machine. She would do anything for the teachers and kids at Ogilvie.. such a lovely lady… god bless you🙏🏻

  3. Bonnie and I knew each other from early child hood through graduation in 1961. She always had a smile on her face when you saw her, always kind words came from her mouth, and the most impressive thing I remember about her…she never forgot to wish me a “Happy Birthday” on the right day.

  4. The little house that Bonnie cared for so lovingly also had wonderful memories for my family too. My mother and I would come visit Bonnie each spring for the last few years on our way to place flowers for Memorial day on my Dad’s and Grandparents’ graves. She would tell me to help myself to my Dad’s rhubarb patch across the road. Then we would have a visit and even last spring when she was failing she shared family pictures and her mother’s handiwork that she treasured and cookies of course. It was a gift to us to reconnect after so many years away. She will be missed. We wish love and comfort to her family.
    Pam (Aulich) Beggs and mother Norma

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