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Bonnie Mae Johannessen

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Bonnie Mae Johannessen, 72, of Park Rapids, formerly of Bertha, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 at home in Hubbard following a battle against Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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She was born on May 4, 1936 in Cresco, Iowa to Orson "Bill" Howe and Lucille (Macal) Ingeltheron. She attended 12 years of public school mostly in the Waterloo, Iowa area. As a young woman she went to Clear Lake, Iowa.

On Dec. 31, 1970 she married Robert Johannessen in Sioux Falls, S.D. They had eight children.

She owned and operated a restaurant and worked at the Lifetime Motor Home Plant in Mason City, Iowa. In 1971, she and her husband moved to Bertha where they engaged in dairy farming. She worked with her husband to care for and milk their 225 head dairy herd. She operated tractors and other equipment and operated the baler as they harvested over 22,000 square bales of hay each summer for their livestock. In 1994, they left farming and moved to Park Rapids where she worked at Hafner's Greenhouse.

She is survived by her husband, of Park Rapids; eight children: John (Marsha), of Sebeka, Sherry (Todd) Fairley, of Grand Forks, N.D., Randy (Beth) Gleason, of Park Rapids, Tamara (Clint) Markham, of Eldorado Springs, Mo., Candy (Dean) Hacker of Brainerd, Keith (DeVy), of Breckenridge, James (Nora) Gleason, of Nevis, and Lou Jean Gleason, of Hopkins; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; four sisters: Bernice Price, of Ottumwa, Iowa, Mary (Wayne) Ehrig, Marlene Ahrends and Nancy Krall all of Waterloo, Iowa; two brothers: David and Mike Krall, both of Waterloo; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Lee Doyen, who died in infancy; and a brother, Lester Howe.

Casketbearers: Her grandchildren: Jennifer and Steven Gleason, Cameron, Ambria and Keaton Johannessen, and Derek Hogan.

Funeral service: 4 p.m. today (Saturday), Feb. 7 at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Rev. Chris Davis officiating.

Visitation: One hour prior to service at the funeral home.

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