A funeral mass for Bonnie Thilges, 81 of West Bend, was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 3, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at the church. A rosary was recited at 3:45 p.m. prior to visitation.
Bonnie Jean, daughter of Chester Herman and Helen Travis Crotts, was born on Sept. 10, 1938, in Rolfe. She received her education in West Bend, graduating from West Bend High School in 1956. Bonnie attended cosmetology school, where she learned to cut and style hair.
She was united in marriage with Mark Thilges on Sept. 10, 1958, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. The couple made their home in St. Joseph, before moving to West Bend in 1967. Bonnie was a devoted homemaker and also held several different jobs in West Bend throughout the years. She enjoyed TOPS, jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, but most important were her family and her faith. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and Saints Peter and Paul Ladies Aid.
Bonnie died Dec. 29, 2019, at Glen Oaks Alzheimer Special Care Center in Urbandale, where she had resided since 2017.
Survivors include Bonnie’s five children, Linda Thilges of West Bend, Deborah (Jon) Kern of Fort Dodge, Nicholas (Debra) Thilges of Owasso, Okla., Michael Thilges of Rochester, Minn., and Stacey (Tony) Bukovich of Rosemount, Minn.; grandchildren, Nicole (Andy) Riggs, Jordan (Brett) Arnold, Jennifer (Trey) Flatgard, Abby Thilges, Mia Thilges, Mark Bukovich and Katelynn Bukovich; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Connor Riggs, Parker and Cohen Arnold and Truitt Flatgard; and sisters, Bertha Adams of Las Vegas, Nev., and Betty Banwart of West Bend.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mark in 1992, grandson A.J. Thilges, and brother Frank Crotts.