Deacon Edwin C. Bonnarens
Deacon Edwin C. Bonnarens
FAIRMONT — Mass of Christian Burial for Deacon Edwin C. Bonnarens, 78, of Orange, Calif., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service in Calvary Cemetery, Fairmont with full military graveside rites by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222.
Ed passed away Monday morning, March 5, 2018, in California. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, with a prayer service and rosary held 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Edwin Clemens Bonnarens was born Aug. 27, 1939, in Sigourney, Iowa. He graduated from high school in 1957. Following his graduation, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country proudly from 1957 until receiving his honorable discharge in 1960.
After meeting JoAnn Johnson in Fairmont, Minn., the couple was later united in marriage on Feb. 8, 1964, in Hartville, Mo. Together, the couple made their home near Hartville, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Lincoln, Mo., near Lake of the Ozarks, and also Garden City, Kan. During this time, Ed worked in construction as a heavy equipment mechanic until his retirement in 2002.
Ed’s faith was extremely strong and on Aug. 9, 1986, he was ordained as a Deacon at the diocese of Jefferson City, Mo. Ed served the church of St. Ann’s in Warsaw, Mo., for two years prior to moving to Kansas City, Mo., where he served at St. John Francis Regis parish until 2002, when he and JoAnn moved to Fairmont and served at St. John Vianney Church. In December 2014, Deacon Ed moved to Orange, Calif., to be closer to his sister and help care for her in addition to continuing his ministry.
Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Barbara Ann Flammang of Orange, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Debra Clabaugh (Jeff Ziemer) of Fairmont, Minn., and Beckie Mohwinkel (Jerry) of Truman, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Bill Johnson (Barbie) of Kansas City, Mo., and Mark Johnson (Sandy) of Granada, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; wife, JoAnn Bonnarens; and several other extended family.
The family suggests memorials be given in Deacon Ed’s name to the St. John Vianney School Endowment Fund or to a memorial of the donor’s choice.