Bonnie Kae (Nelson) Allrich’s loving heart stopped beating Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at her home in rural Dassel, at age 68.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Reverend Laurie O’Shea officiating. The interment of the urn will follow at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There will be time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service.
Unless otherwise specified, all memorial donations will go to the Coburn Cancer Center, in St. Cloud.
Bonnie was born Aug. 14, 1950, in Litchfield, the daughter of Jack and Sally (Allen) Nelson. She attended Dassel High School, graduating in 1968.
Bonnie was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Dassel.
Early in her adult life, Bonnie’s care and concern for others led her to obtain nursing degrees (LPN and RN). Her career included helping people in the areas of kidney dialysis, drug addiction, mental health care, and triage nursing with Allina Home and Community Services, Hutchinson, among several other institutions.
Bonnie was united in marriage to Melvin Allrich June 23, 1989, at the Atonement Lutheran Church in Bloomington. The couple made their home in Chanhassen for several years, then moved to Bonnie’s childhood residence, a farm near Dassel, where she lived the rest of her life.
Bonnie was an avid reader and was very active with her book club. She kept in contact with many of her high school classmates and enjoyed regular lunches with them at McCormick’s Restaurant. She greatly enjoyed traveling, especially to California, Hawaii, and in recent years to Alaska to visit her son and grandsons.
Bonnie made the holidays special for everyone in her family, especially Christmas, where she treasured the old traditions, as well as creating new ones, like hiding the Christmas pickle on the tree for her grandchildren to find. Since around 2000, Bonnie has greatly enjoyed time with her cousins planning and hosting the Allen Family Reunion.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Allrich of Dassel; children, Janeen Radman (special friend, Robert Stabbelfeldt) of Minneapolis, Eric (Alena) Thomas of Wasilla, AK; Mylan (Sheila) Allrich of Chanhassen, Marlow (Sara) Allrich of Burnsville, and Michelle (Mark) Townsend of Farmington; 13 grandchildren: Alisha, Alixandria, Christopher, Jack, Daniel, Ryan, Benjamin, Jackson, Amanda, Nicholas, Noah, Matthew and Maxwell; two great-grandchildren, Charlee and Greyson; and a brother, Eugene Anderson of Litchfield.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Selma Nelson; and a sister, Darlene Scofield.