The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 19, 2012

Lavonne ‘Bonnie’ Martens

Clinton Herald

SAVANNA, Ill. — Feb. 21, 1931 - Nov. 17, 2012

Lavonne Anna “Bonnie” Martens, age 81, of Savanna, Illinois, died Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mount Carroll, Illinois.

A funeral service will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Milledgeville, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in Bonnie’s memory for the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mount Carroll.

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Bonnie was born February 21, 1931, in Sterling, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Francis (Reins) Kunde. She attended Sterling schools. On October 15, 1947, Bonnie married Harry “Pete” Martens in Sterling. They have celebrated sixty-five years of marriage.

Bonnie loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming, fishing and traveling. She and her husband Pete worked together in family businesses for many years. Bonnie began her working career by washing eggs at the Parks Egg Farm in Milledgeville. She also drove a school bus, worked at Wayne’s Royal Blue Grocery, Milledgeville and Stouts Drug Store, Savanna. She and her husband, Pete, owned and operated the Martin House Restaurant, Milledgeville; the Riverview Road Store, Thomson; and the Pool 13 Supper Club, Savanna.

Bonnie will be dearly missed by her husband, Pete, of Good Sam, Mount Carroll; a daughter, Connie Bell and fiancé Steven of Largo, Florida; a son, Tim and Susan Martens of Pearl City, Illinois; five grandchildren, Dennis Martens, Nikki Bell, Devin (Jolene) Martens, Natalie (Andrew) Kindt and Derek Martens; two stepgrandchildren, Marissa and Gabriele Kindt; five great-grandchildren, Kip, Sandra, Dustin, Samuel and Genevieve; a brother, Bruce (Gloria) Kunde of Sterling; and a sister, Nancy (Carl) Gates of rural Milledgeville.

Bonnie is preceded in death by both parents and two sisters, Jeanne White and Joanne Wilken.

Death date: Nov. 17, 2012