Bonita Dale (Graham) Rademaker, 98, formerly of Emden, passed away at 12:07pm, Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Hopedale Nursing Home.
Bonita, “Bonnie” was born January 18, 1924 in Mason County, Illinois to Walter Pierce and Evelyn (Elmore) Graham Sr. She married Ralph Nanke Rademaker on January 23, 1949 at St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Emden. Ralph preceded her in death in 2007, in Lincoln. Also preceding her in death are her parents, two brothers, Walter P. Graham, Jr., Brush CO, Franklin Bruce Graham, Niantic, and one sister, Shirley (James) Stone, Middletown.
Surviving Bonnie are her children, one son, Dana (Linnea) Rademaker, Ft. Worth, TX, and three daughters, Rilla (David) Farley, Houston, TX, Sylvia (Alan) Klokkenga, Emden, and Nila Petersen, Houston, TX. Also surviving are one brother, Robert S. Graham, Niantic, and brother-in-law, James L. Stone, Lincoln. Bonnie has thirteen grandchildren: Ruah (Mark) Gleason, San Marcos, TX, Elyse (Justin) Fitzjarrald, Colorado Springs, CO, Erica (Jimmy) Babbs, Joanna Klokkenga, Aledo, TX, Elias (Alissa) Klokkenga, Emden, Josiah (Alexa) Klokkenga, Lincoln, Aaron (Dawn) Rademaker, Peoria Heights, Ben Rademaker, Ft. Worth, TX, Emerson Linnea Graham, Broomfield, CO, Ian Rademaker, Kyle, TX, Seth and Ken Petersen, Houston TX, Hannah (Mike) Strawn, Slidell, LA. and 19 great grandchildren.
Bonnie was a homemaker. From 1960 to 1972, along with her husband Ralph, co-owner, manager of a Dairy Queen in New Braunfels, TX. From 1944 to 1949, Bonnie taught in several one-room schools in Logan and Menard Counties. As well as TX, Bonnie and Ralph lived in Emden and Macomb IL, Mena and Belle Vista, AR where Bonnie’s unfailing sunny disposition and lovely soprano voice blessed many church choirs. She enjoyed working on a Brialle Ministry and attending Bible studies, always seeking to grow closer to her LORD and Savior Jesus Christ and learn more of Him. A dedicated letter writer, Bonnie regularly corresponded with a wide circle of beloved family and friends. Lovingly dubbed “Grandma Cookie”, Bonnie kept her family and several fortunate friends supplied with her various treats, most notably her much sought after, Molasses Crinkles.
Bonita was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where her visitation will be held Friday, March 11, from 5 to 8pm. Interment will be at 10am Saturday at Hartsburg Union Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of her Life in Christ at 11am at St Peter’s. Memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Hopedale Nursing Home. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan is handling the arrangements.
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