Bonnie Jean Kukral was born on June 29, 1931, in Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Caroline (Kapler) Wilson. She attended the Cresco school system, graduating in 1950 from Cresco High School. On June 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Edward J. Kukral in Cresco. The couple made their home on the family farm until 1956, when they moved into Cresco. In 1959, the family moved to Waverly where Bonnie & Ed owned the Farmer’s Friend from 1960-1962, and Kozy Korner Café from 1970-1972. Bonnie then worked at Fred’s Super Value, Tenenbaum’s Jewelry and 17 years at the First National Bank, retiring in 1990 as the branch manager of the west office. Ed died on November 12, 1992, and Bonnie remained in her home until April 15, 2013, when she became a resident of the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly. Past Matron of O.E.S. (where she was a 50 plus year member), Past President of Hospital Auxiliary, a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post # 2208 Auxiliary and a member of Amvets Post #79 Auxiliary. In her spare time Bonnie enjoyed working with ceramics, sewing dresses & cloths, baking and canning. But most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gave her the most joy.
Bonnie is survived by her four children; William “Bill” (Nancy) Kukral of Waverly, Michael “Mike” (Lisa) Kukral of Waverly, Robert “Rob” (Vicky) Kukral of Nashua; Carol (David) Gomez of Shell Rock; 8 grandchildren, Katie (Troy) Resor, Lindsay (Wyatt) Haukap, Ben (Amy) Gomez, Sean Kukral, Jessa (Joe) Nichols, Shannon (Jay) Nielsen, Jacob and Jo Kukral and James (Marian) Zapf; 10 great grandchildren, Toby & Tyler Resor, Oscar, Everett and Rye Haukap, Brayden Gomez, Ashley Nielsen, Max, Nick and Mia Zapf; one brother, Henry (Phyllis) Wilson and their children of Tucson, Arizona, nephews, Alan Kukral and Pat (Kim) Wilson. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward 1992; son, Charles “Chuck” Kukral and two brothers, Dr. Thomas Wilson and John Wilson.
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