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Bonnie Rae (Anderson) Markusch

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:12 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:21 p.m. CDT

Bonnie Rae (Anderson) Markusch, 80, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 12, 2014, while celebrating a granddaughter’s birthday in Ames.

Bonnie was born on Nov. 9, 1933, to Gregory Hoover and Ruth Arlene (Jenson) Anderson in Stoughton, Wis. She attended Lakewood Elementary, East and Central High Schools. She graduated from Central in 1951. Bonnie married Deane Lewis Markusch, on Sept. 6, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. They moved to Newton in 1959, to raise their children, Vicki, Clint, Scott, Bradd and Holli. She was widowed at the age of 38, when her children ranged in age from 8-17. Much later she met her soon to be best friend and eventually her partner for the rest of her life, Gary “Apple” Eugene Adams. The relationship lasted 31 years.

Bonnie is survived by her partner, Eugene Gary Adams; her four remaining children, Vicki Jaye Markusch of Marshalltown, Scott Lewis Markusch of Baltimore, Md., Bradd Erik (Susan) Markusch of Denver, Colo., and Holli Rae Hillmer (and her partner of 13 years, Michael Carr) of Eldora; her five grandchildren;  a sister, Judy (Bill) Harris and their three children; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and their extended families. Bonnie is also survived by Eugene’s children, Nick (Katie) Adams of Minneapolis, Minn., Dawn Adams of Minneapolis, Minn., Candy (Nino) Aiello of Seaside, Calif., and Ward Thiebar of Minneapolis, Minn.. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Deane; and her beloved oldest son, Clint Gregory Markusch.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 6 at the First Lutheran Church, 309 E. Third St. N. in Newton with the family greeting friends from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 6 at the Izaak Walton League, 889 Hwy F36 W in Newton.

Memorials to the First Lutheran Church may be left at the church on the afternoon of the service or at the Wallace Family Funeral Home. Memorials may also be mailed to the Wallace Family Funeral Home, 1115 E. 19th St. N., Newton, IA 50208 please add, Attn: Markusch Family on the envelope.

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