Bonnie L. Ekman

August 2, 1938 - July 4, 2013
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Mrs. Bonnie L. Ekman

Rockford, ILBonnie L. Ekman, 74, of Rockford, IL, died peacefully Thursday morning, July 4, 2013 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, with her loving family at her side, after a lengthy illness. Bonnie was born August 2, 1938 in Belvidere, IL, where she spent most of her life, the daughter of James H. and Ruth M. (Lambert) Lyons. She married Gilbert E. Ekman on May 8, 1960 in Belvidere. Bonnie worked for G.T.E. in various capacities until her retirement. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting baking; but mostly spending time with her family and grandchildren. Bonnie attended First United Methodist Church of Belvidere as well as Cherry Valley United Methodist Church.Bonnie is loved and will be missed by her children Deborah (Warren) Gross of Belvidere, Daniel Ekman of Rockford; grandchildren Matthew Gross, Jillian (Eric) Metterhausen, Taylor Gross; sister Mary Lou Pundt of Belvidere; sisters in-law Gloria Ekman, Gwendolyn (Robert) Wylie; brother in-law Gerald (Rita) Ekman; many nieces and nephews and her beloved companion “Kitty”. Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert and brother in-law George K. Ekman.The family wishes to acknowledge the staff of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center as well as all her friends at the Bickford House of Rockford for their love and care.

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Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday July 11, 2013, in Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Monty Fox, pastor of Cherry Valley United Methodist Church and Rev. Richard Wang, retired officiating. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


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Born: August 2, 1938
Died: July 4, 2013

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Mark Henderson posted on 7/9/13

Bonnie you were such a sweet person and my Mother and i shall miss you very much. Grandpa and Grandma always spoke of you with the greatest respect. I shall include their names to honor you.Lyman Slim LambertHelen LambertMark David HendersonJoyce


Vira Rudnicki posted on 7/9/13

I volunteer at Bickford House, and have played Pinochle with Bonnie since she first moved in. She was one of the kindest persons I know. When my Mom was dying, she visited her every day. l always looked forward to seeing her for cards, and she was a lo


Vira Rudnicki posted on 7/9/13

Bonnie was lots of fun. She will always have a special place in my heart. She was a great lad.


Vira Rudnicki posted on 7/9/13

Bonnie was a great lady.


Darlene Bauman posted on 7/10/13

Deepest Condolences ~ there are many here to give support and comfort you during this difficult time.


Marlene Seufert posted on 7/8/13

To the Gross and Ekman families:So sorry to hear of your loss - you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Marlene


Mark Henderson Joyce Lambert Henderson Lynch posted on 7/9/13

So very sorry for all of you. I know how much you the family loved her. Se was the kindest person I ever knew. My Mother described in this manner and it was so very true of Bonnie.Deb Danny Warren and the kids my prayers are with you during these hard times.Your Cousin Mark


Chris (Nettleton) Miller posted on 7/12/13

Deb, Danny and family.Thinking of you during this difficult time. Sending you love and keeping you in my prayers.


Pat Torrisi posted on 7/16/13

Jerry and Rita - so sorry for your loss. It is a very hard ordeal to go thru. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families.