Bonnie M. Hardy, age 82, died peacefully at her home in Largo, Florida on Monday, November 17, 2014.
Funeral services are 11:30 AM, on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Pallbearers are her six grandsons: Chad McInerney, Brian McInerney, Josh McInerney, Eric Hardy, Adam Hardy and Jonathan Hanson. Honorary pallbearers are her three granddaughters: Amy Schmidt, Stephanie Hardy and Shena Shoemaker.
Bonnie was born on December 25, 1931 in Moorhead, Minnesota to Rev. Clarence and Lilly Reinhold, both Swedish decedents. She was blessed with a loving home and devoted parents. Bonnie grew up with three siblings, an older beloved brother, Curtis and two younger and cherished sisters, Mary and Sharon. Throughout Bonnie's childhood their family lived in several small communities while serving churches in and around the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area. The most memorable township is Dassel, Minnesota where Bonnie was a 1949 graduate of Dassel High School. She excelled in music, and was a gifted pianist. Bonnie and Duane spoke with detail and imagery of the first time they saw each other in Dassel when she walked by him looking ever so handsome in his white uniform while home on leave from the Navy. They were happily married on March 17, 1951 at Central Free Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1953, along with their firstborn, Barbara Lynn, they moved to Yankton, South Dakota where Duane worked for Means Athletic Company. In Yankton, their family was blessed with another daughter, Crystal Dawn in 1954 and then finally a son, Mark Duane in 1959. Duane continued in the athletic business taking the family to Wichita, Kansas for three years and then returning to Yankton in 1962. Duane and Bonnie sacrificed and worked very hard to secure and develop the new Royal Athletic Company. Bonnie was supportive and dedicated to the success and productivity of Royal, working in the office and plant, wherever she was needed. Duane remained President of Royal until retirement, 48 years later.
Over the years, Bonnie and Duane enjoyed many winter months with friends from Yankton in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida eventually retiring in Clearwater Beach, Florida near family members there.
As a wife and mother, Bonnie was always ready and prepared for special "together times". She was loving, sweet, kind and giving. She was a good listener and valued friend to all who knew her. Her family and friends will remember her sense of humor, her unique, engaging laugh and how pleasant and fun she was to be around. In the final years of her life during difficult times, suffering a stroke, it was rare for her to complain about anything. When remembering days of old, she would mention family times and missing the piano and sing-a-longs. She loved blue-sky days, sun-tanning at the beach, picnics at Lewis and Clark Lake and memorable vacations in Minnesota visiting family on farms and lakes. She was proud of the city of Yankton, Yankton's fine schools and its fine hospital where she was a volunteer. She was a fan of the Yankton Bucks and was thrilled to see parades and the Yankton High School marching band. She loved shopping in downtown Yankton, especially at Fantles, where she was tickled-pink to help advertise for Fantles in the newspaper by modeling their beautiful clothing. She especially enjoyed traveling to the Riddell Athletic Company conventions held across the country and state coaching clinics with her husband, Duane. Together they shared their love for the game of football, along with many coaching friends. Most memorable for them was the years in Miami, Florida working with the NFL team, Miami Dolphins. Bonnie and Duane were loyal members of Hillcrest Golf and Country Club and gained forever friends from the game of golf. Bonnie was a professing believer in the Gospel of Christ. She appreciated so much their church, Trinity Lutheran, and was active and supportive of Christian family life. She enjoyed Bible study, particularly learning from their favorite Pastor Jim Schwartz.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Duane; three beloved children: Barbara (Steven "Mac") McInerney of Largo, FL, Crystal (Robbin) Baily of Dell Rapids, SD, and Mark (Lisa) Hardy of Yankton; nine precious grandchildren: Amy (Dave) Schmidt of Tampa, FL, Chad McInerney of Safety Harbor, FL, Brian (Suzanne) McInerney of Lithia, FL, Josh (Caroline) McInerney of Greenville, SC, Eric (Linda) Hardy of Sioux Falls, SD, Adam (Joni) Hardy of Sioux Falls, Stephanie Hardy of Sioux Falls, Shena (Justin) Shoemaker of Sioux Falls and Jonathan (Sheila) Hanson of Dell Rapids; 16 great grandchildren: Andrew, Lauren, Hannah, Matthew, Daniel and Michael Schmidt; Chase and Luke McInerney; William, Thomas and Noah McInerney, Ian Shoemaker, William and Garrett Hanson, Zander Hardy and Sloane Hardy; two sisters, Mary (LaVerne) Olson of Washburn, WI and Sharon Nelson of Minnetonka, MN; three beloved sisters-in-law: Margie Reinhold of St. Louis Park, MN, Joan Benson of Dassel, MN and Betty Freeman of Annandale, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Flora Reinhold; and her brother and friend, Curt Reinhold.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your Mom but knowing how you treated my Mom is so Special to me. I know your Mom would have been proud. Prayers & HUGS to you during this difficult time! Cherish the Memories!
Connie K. Luke
Jon and Sheila, my sympathies on the loss of your grandmother. Prayers to you and your family.
I just wanted to thank you for 3 things:
The gift of life
The gift of music
The gift of you!
All of my love forever.
To Duane and family:
We are so sorry for your loss. I still remember the good times we had at Royal Athletic. Bonnie was such a great organizer and devoted to her family and employees. She will be blessed with a place in heaven with the lord.
Darrel A. Heimes
So sorry for the loss of mom, grandma, great grandma, wife, friend. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all of you. One thing is for certain - you have many wonderful memories; share them often and remember her always. God bless -
Barb and Denny Mren
Sorry for your loss. May God bless your family in this time of loss.
Mark and family,
So sorry for your loss, thinking of you.
Jay and Trina Gilbertson
Crystal and Rob, Mark and Lisa and families,
My heart goes out to all of you! There are no words I can say to take away your sorrow. I am so very sorry to hear that Bonnie passed away. She was such a beautiful lady, when I think your mom I remember her beautiful smile. There are no words that I can say to take away the hurt you feel right now, I can only hope that you find some comfort and peace in all your memories . My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mark, Crystal, Duane, & family,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss of Bonnie. Got bless all of you and give you strength as you mourn her passing and celebrate her wonderful life as wife, mother, and friend.
Tony Simons - Zumbrota, Minnesota
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