In Memory of

Bonnie A. Smith

October 25, 1927 - December 25, 2016
Bonita "Bonnie" Ann (Schissel) Smith, the daughter of John and Mary (Carey) Sand was born on October 25, 1927, and was raised on the family farm outside of Marcus. She graduated from Marcus High School where she loved twirling the baton in the marching band. She has always loved to sing and dance and had a fun-loving personality. After high school, she attended x-ray technology school in Dubuque, Iowa. When she returned to Marcus, she met and married a handsome Navy man named Julian "Hooley" Schissel on August 5, 1947, and moved to Cherokee. Together they had five children. Hooley died in 1973, and Bonnie married Howard C. Smith of Quimby, Iowa on September 5, 1977. She moved from town back to the farm, and she loved every minute of it. She was always at home on the farm where she enjoyed gardening and raising beautiful roses and other lovely flowers. She was active in her church as a Eucharistic Minister and belonged to the Ladies Guild where she helped with church dinners and other church activities. She also taught CCD classes for many years. Bonnie loved to bake and make candy, and she was good at it. She would bake and decorate delicious birthday cakes for her grandchildren and would make an Easter Bunny cake for every Easter dinner. Holidays were her favorite times of the year, and her house and yard would be festively decorated for each and every one. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husbands, Julian Schissel in 1973, and Howard Smith in 2004; her parents, John and Mary (Carey) Sand; two grandchildren, Jason Imwiehe and Matt Schissel; brothers, Merle, Ray, Bob, and Paul Sand; sisters, Evelyn Krause, Margaret Bjork, and Bette Horstman. She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Mitzi (Phillip) Kirwan of Sioux City, IA, John (Margie) Schissel of Vermillion, SD, Sandy (Greg) Imwiehe of Breda, IA, Julie Fahrenbruch of Breda, IA, and Lynne (Bruce) Rogge of Amarillo, TX; three step-children; Nancy (Dennis) Pugh of Hurley, SD, Wendy Hunt of Remsen, IA, Susan (Mark) Perrin of Cherokee, IA; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary (Dale) Bunkers of Granville, IA; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa
Father Dan Guenther
Andy Fahrenbruch Mark Schissel Dallas Busch Chance Mistelski Denny Horstman Curt Bunkers
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus. There will be a 4:00 p.m. rosary and a 7:00 p.m. Prayer service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Organist- Steve Smith Vocalist- Holy Name Choir 'Lord of The Dance' 'On Eagle's Wings' 'How Great Thou Art' 'The Summons' 'Hail Mary, Gentle Woman'
Holy Name Cemetery Marcus, Iowa


Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to read Bonnie's obituary after we returned from a get away after Christmas. I am also sorry I was not able to attend her funeral. Bonnie was one of many wonderful mothers on Hill Street. I have many fond memories of Bonnie especially eating her frozen brownies straight from the freezer with Lynne.”
- Carmen Lickiss Henke
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Remembering as treasure, Bonnie, your upbeat spirit and ever willingness to be of service, while your pastor at Quimby, I
commend you to our Eternal Maker, His Redeeming Son and their
Holy Spirit. In them I pray for you an Eternal Gladness.
Rest in Peace....”
- Fr. Gene E. Sitzmann
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bonnie was such a wonderful friend to our folks, Bibs and Bill Schmillen! We are thinking of her family and send our sympathies to all of you. She was so much fun and always smiling, Hope you have wonderful memories to help you always. ”
- Jane Schmillen guletz
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Condolences for your loss, She lives on with the wonderful love, customs and priorities she passed on to you Lynne!”
- George and Tamara Martin
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Vicki and Jerry Menke
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Bonnie and I were good friends when we worked together at St. John's at Quimby. I made little counted cross stitch Christmas stocking ornaments with all her children's and grandchildren's names one year. Enjoy your memories of her.”
- Linda Linn
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. ”
- Laura Appleby
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“To My Schissel Cousins,
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope your memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Rest in Peace, Aunt Bonnie.
- Jane Schissel
Monday, December 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Condolences to Lynne and Bruce. Your mom will forever be in your hearts, and her spirit will be by your side. ”
- Maura and Dave brown
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