Lavonne "Bonnie" Avis Steen";
Lavonne "Bonnie" Avis Steen
Lavonne "Bonnie" Avis Steen was born on February 9, 1935 in Jay township, Martin County, Minnesota, the daughter of Ernest and Helen (Graves) Buchan. She graduated from Sherburn High School in 1953 and later attended school in Kansas City, Missouri training as a Teletype operator. She then worked for Braniff International Airlines in Minneapolis. On June 4, 1955, she was united in marriage to Merville "Merv" William Steen at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. After marriage, they farmed in Enterprise Township. Bonnie passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 2 days.
Bonnie was a lifelong member of the Alpha and now the Jackson Presbyterian Church, where she had been baptized and confirmed. She was a member of PEO, Jackson American Legion Auxiliary, the Fountain of the Sun Lions Club in Mesa, Arizona, and the Jackson County Porkettes. She served on many community boards, AFS, Dollars for Scholars, helped coordinate the Fox Lake friendship golf and had been a 4-H leader and member for many years. She had a long list of accomplishments, including being named Jackson Kiwanis Outstanding Farmer of the Year and had been President of the Minnesota Farmers Mutual Insurance Company Auxiliary. She and her loving husband, Merv, traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends and bird watching. Bonnie loved to entertain guests and was an awesome hostess.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Merv Steen of Jackson, 4 children, Merry Jo (Mike) Escher of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Pat (Sam) Jones of Mesa, Arizona, Sandy (Jeff) Bjorkman of Park Rapids, Minnesota and Brian (LeeAnn) Steen of Sherburn, Minnesota; 9 grandchildren, Carey Escher (Jeff Huebert, Michelle Escher Kooiman (Darin), Justin (Angela) Escher, Sam Jones, Kyle (Hanna) Bjorkman, Jessica (Jayme) Olson, Sabrina Steen, Matraca Steen, and Rebecca Steen; 10 great-grandchildren; 5 siblings, Beulah Erickson of Sherburn, MN, Beryl Buchan of Austin, MN, Margaret "Peggy" Burgeson of Armstrong, IA, Joan Hartke of Mesa, AZ and Cleone Syverson of Windom, MN.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and a great granddaughter, Layla Escher.
Funeral service for Bonnie will be on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson with Pastor Christopher Drew officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.
Visitation will be on Monday,7-14-14, from 4 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the Church.
In lieu of Flowers, memorials preferred the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
Blessed be the memory of Lavonne "Bonnie" Avis Steen.
Online condolences can be sent to the osterbergfuneralhome.com