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Harold Paul Bonnstetter

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March 11, 1940 - October 7, 2023

A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish - Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in West Bend. Burial will be held in the West Bend Cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Divine Mercy Parish - Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in West Bend and a Knights of Columbus Rosary began at 4 p.m.

Harold Paul Bonnstetter, son of Rudolph and Ellen (Nessen) Bonnstetter, was born March 11, 1940, on the family farm in West Bend. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1958. He married his life-long love Carol (Larson) on Nov. 10, 1962.

Harry and Carol made their home on the family farmstead where they raised their three children. Harry made his living as a farmer—over the years raising cattle, corn and beans. He and Carol spent their retirement years wintering in Arizona and summers back on the farm. In 2010 Harry and Carol moved from the farm to their current home in Whittemore.

Family and friends know Harry for his quick wit and sense of humor—a master storyteller—always sharing an untold tale from his childhood or a funny adventure from his adolescent days. While he loved to fish, camp and golf, his greatest joy came from spending time with his wife Carol, his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, spending time at church and helping elders in the community.

Harry was a member of Holy Name in Whittemore, Knight’s of Columbus in West Bend and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Harry died Saturday, Oct. 7 at West Bend Health and Rehabilitation. He was 83.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of West Bend; children, Pam (Terry) Hanselman of West Bend, Penny (John) Even of Humboldt, S.D.; Rudy (Wendy) Bonnstetter of Shawnee, Kan.; six grandchildren, Crystal Simpson, Katelyn Wolter, Clinton Even, Emily Kontz, Sydney Bonnstetter, Swea Bonnstetter; great-grandchildren, Ryan Simpson, Emmet, Leo and Bo Wolter, Lewis Harold and Piper Kontz; twin brother, Harlan (Judy) Bonnstetter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents; and siblings, Leroy Bonnstetter, Richard Bonnstetter, and Marlene Bormann.

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