In Memory of Bonnie Evans

Bonnie Evans
Bonnie Evans
Born: March 16, 1928
Died: December 6, 2018
Age: 90
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Bonnie Evans
March 16, 1928 - December 6, 2018
From: Nevada, IA | Originally: Collins, IA

Bonnie J. Evans, age 90, of Nevada and formerly of Collins, died Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Rolling Green Village in Nevada.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 10, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colo, with Fr. Rick Dagit officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rhodes.  Visitation will be held at the church on Monday one hour prior to services. 

Born March 16, 1928, in Hemingford, NE, to Walter and Bertha (Ditsch) Wiltsey, Bonnie grew up in Rhodes, Iowa, where she attended a one-room country schoolhouse, and graduated from Rhodes High School in 1946.

On September 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to Gerald Charles Evans.  The couple farmed near Collins and was blessed with two children, Elaine and Garry.  After raising her children, Bonnie put her talent for cooking to work and opened BJ’s Parkside Café in Collins.  She also baked specialty cakes, enjoyed crafts of all kinds, and had a special place in her heart for animals.  Bonnie was devoted to her family and will be fondly remembered as ‘Grandma’ to all.

Survivors include two children, Elaine Anderson of Beaver, and Garry Evans of Yucaipa, CA; four grandchildren, Melissia (Dan) Mathews, Mindy (Jeff) Fritz, Kelly (Blake) Sprecher, and Jerry (Taryn) White; seven great-grandchildren; as well as a niece, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979; her parents; a son-in-law, Max Anderson; and a brother, Leon Wiltsey.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Bonnie and her family.


Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 9:30 PM
“I just found out that Bonnie passed away and I am so sorry for your loss. Bonnie was a good friend of my parents and I have fond memories of the good ol days. My sincere condolences.”
- Dianne Rohrer
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:31 PM
“Bonnie was one of mom and dad's best friends. She was such an awesome lady. We have wonderful memories of the good ole days with Bonnie in them. So sorry for your loss Elaine and Gary. Barb and Lynn Pfantz”
- Barb Pfantz
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:26 AM
“Elaine and family,

I was sad to hear your Mom had passed away. She always had a sweet smile and fun to visit with. I remember her as a really good cook, too. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Judith Ann”
- Judith Ann Evans Olson
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 8:26 AM
“I will always remember your Mom as one of my Mom & Dad’s best friends along with your Dad; She was one special lady to me, I have wonderful memories of the good ole days and her in it. So sorry for your loss Elaine and Gary, Love always, Peggy (Bear) Hiemstra ”
- Peggy Hiemstra
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12:28 PM
“So sorry for you loss. Such great memories of your Mom and all of the friends.
- Kathy (Maxwell) Moser
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12:28 PM
“Elaine and Family
So sorry for your loss, it is always hard. Hold on to all the good memoywith Mom and Grandma.
Your in our thoughts and prayers.
- Ken/Pat Elsberry
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12:28 PM
“Elaine: I am so sorry to hear about Bonnie's passing. What a special lady and a wonderful friend! So many meals and so many memories! Thinking of you!!”
- Carol Myers
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 3:27 PM
“So sorry for your loss. What a Beautiful Lady. ”
- Ken Bear
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM
“Prayers to the family Sorry for your loss”
- Mercedes Sprecher
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11:00 a.m.
Monday, December 10, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Colo, IA


Fr. Rick Dagit


Mark Mather
John Evans
Clifford Dalbey
Gary Witrock
Mike Chitty
Ken Bear


One hour prior to services
Monday, December 10, 2018
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Colo, IA


St. Joseph Cemetery
Rhodes, IA