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Bonita "Bonnie Carpenter

Bonita "Bonnie Carpenter

Bonita "Bonnie" Barbara Carpenter, 74, a lifelong Park Rapids area resident, was set free from this world to live eternally in heaven. She passed away the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the comfort of her home where she was surrounded in love by her husband, daughters, sons-in-law and all of her grandchildren. She fought a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.

Bonnie was on born Jan. 25, 1939 to Frank and Julianna (Wald) Rezac in Bismarck, N.D. As a young girl, she moved with her family to a farm on the Hubbard Prairie, south of Park Rapids. She attended Yaeger Country School, near her home farm and then went on to attend public school in Nevis from 6th-11th grades. Bonnie completed high school in Park Rapids where she proudly graduated with the Class of 1957.

She went on to attend the Model Beauty School in Minneapolis where she studied cosmetology. Following her graduation, Bonnie gained employment at the Radisson Finger Tip Beauty Salon where she enjoyed numerous clients.

On October 6, 1962, Bonnie was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" J. Carpenter at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Park Rapids. This union was blessed with two daughters, Michele "Shelly" and Kristen "Kristie."

In 1963, Bonnie and Dick returned to Park Rapids where she started the Bon-Sheri Salon of Beauty. Bonnie successfully owned and operated her business for over 40 years. She enjoyed taking her employees to cosmetology conventions where they continued to learn the newest trends in their profession. She retired from the salon in 2003.

Bonnie's heart and soul were invested in the lives of her family and friends. She enjoyed building many precious memories with her husband, children, grandchildren and numerous friends.

She had the gift of hospitality and loved to entertain. She relished the times spent with her family and friends at the cabin on Potato Lake and especially looked forward to the boating and adventures going up the river in Eagle and Island Lake.

She also loved outdoor activities including downhill skiing and water skiing. Bonnie was an avid bowler and enjoyed being part of the Women's Bowling League where she bowled for the Citizens National Bank and Preferred Property teams.

Her energies extended out into the greater community where she was a life-long member at St. Peter's Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Park Rapids Eagles Aerie 870 Auxiliary, Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 Auxiliary and the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Bonnie was a Park Rapids Panther fan and enjoyed attending sporting events that her husband announced and the track meets that he coached.

She loved to make candy with Dick and her peanut brittle was enjoyed by many.

In retirement, Dick and Bonnie spent winters in Green Valley, Ariz.; enjoying time in the sun, going to the casino with friends and socializing.

Above all, she will be remembered for her eternal optimism, her unconditional love for her family and the depth of her friendships. Bonnie truly taught us how to live and how to die.

Bonnie will be lovingly remembered by her husband, and soul mate for the past 50 years, Dick, of Park Rapids; daughters, Shelly (Greg) Erickson of Fargo, N.D. and Kristen (Lance) Allen of Jamestown, N.D.; five precious grandchildren, Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Cooper and Tucker; sister, Sharon (Gary) Andersen of Park Rapids; brother, Joe Rezac and sister-in-law, Barb Rezac of Brainerd; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Bonnie joins her mother, father and many other friends and family in heaven.

Prayer service and time of memory sharing: 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids.

Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church with Father Tom Friedl officiating. The vocalist will be Bonnie's daughter, Shelly Erickson and friends, Annette Haas and David "Lefty" Anderson. Reverend Roger Olson will give the eulogy.

Urn bearers: her grandchildren, Samuel Erickson, Elizabeth Allen, Sarah Erickson, Cooper Allen and Tucker Allen.

Honorary bearers: the Class of 1957.

Interment: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery.

Following the service, a luncheon will be hosted by the church for all to attend.

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