Bonnie Rose Gensichen Larson was born January 28, 1925, in rural Jerauld County, South Dakota, near Woonsocket, to Walter and Lydia (Teller) Genischen. Bonnie Rose was baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic faith at St. Wilfred’s Catholic Church in Woonsocket. Bonnie Rose attended country school and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Woonsocket, and graduated from Woonsocket High School. She earned her nursing diploma from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Mitchell, South Dakota, before joining the Cadet Nursing Corps. She furthered her training in Sioux City, Iowa, before practicing x-ray and hematology at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mitchell.
On May 29, 1948, Bonnie Rose married Lewis R. Larson at St. Wilfred’s Catholic Church in Woonsocket. They moved onto the Larson family farm near Forestburg, South Dakota, and farmed there for over 60 years. They were blessed with 67 years of marriage and six children. In 2009, Bonnie Rose and Lewis moved to Mitchell and became members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Bonnie Rose found strength and happiness through her family, friends, and her faith. Bonnie Rose and Lewis enjoyed dancing and traveling, through which they developed close friendships. Always on the lookout for a “deal”, she enjoyed shopping and going to rummage sales. Bonnie Rose’s warmth and generosity were felt by all who passed through her home and family. Most of all, she loved her best friend, Lewie Larson.
Bonnie Rose peacefully passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015, surrounded by her children. She attained the age of 90 years, five months, and 19 days.
Bonnie Rose is survived by her husband, Lewis Larson of Mitchell; children: Robert (Karyl) Larson of Mt. Zion, IL, Mary Jungwirth of Benson, MN, Annette (George) Kosola of Spearfish, SD, Jane Miller of Grand Island, NE, and Elizabeth Larson of Winona, MN; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends. She is preceded in death by daughter, Bonnie Larson; parents, Walter and Lydia Gensichen; sister, Claire and brother-in-law, Tom Callan; grandson, Steven Peterson; and sons-in-law, Greg Miller and Barry Jungwirth.