Selma R. Bohnsack, age 91, of Cokato, formerly of New Prague, died peacefully Monday, April 30, 2018, at Cokato Manor Nursing Home.
A memorial funeral service will take place Friday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church (28933 181st Ave., New Prague) with the Rev. Henry Koch officiating. There will be visitation at the church, one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m.
Arrangements are with the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague; bruzekfuneralhome.com.
Selma was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Lanesburgh Township, Le Sueur County, to Fred August and Sophie M. (Ruehling) Jahn. She attended the Le Sueur County district school, and graduated at age 16 from New Prague High School.
Selma started work at the canning factory, but was soon recruited by the State Bank of New Prague. Eventually, she went to Mahowald Motors, where she served as their bookkeeper/accountant for many years.
Selma married Reuben W. Bohnsack May 19, 1946, at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, and was actively engaged in farming with her husband. She remained active even into her 80s, driving tractor for her son, Neil’s, family sweet corn business.
In her early years, Selma raised broiler chickens, and butchered, and hand-delivered them to the New Prague Hotel every Saturday night for their Sunday menu. She remained a phenomenal gardener throughout her life, and could get flowers to grow where no one else could.
Selma loved music and was a self-taught keyboard player. She was also an excellent cook, but her shining achievement was in her quilting ability; she had an eye for color and was meticulous in stitching.
Selma’s legacy was in her care and kindness to others, always putting her family and others before her own needs.
She is survived by sons, Neil (Susan) Bohnsack of New Prague, and Bruce (Susan) Bohnsack of Cokato; sister, Goldie Novak of Edina; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Selma was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben, Jan. 27, 1992; great-grandson, Blake Reuben Bohnsack; grandson, Matthew Menden; her parents; a sister, Gladys Kodadek; and brothers-in-law, John Kodadek and Ed Novak.