Bonnie Bleeker

  • Died: December 4, 2015
  • Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bonnie J. Bleeker, 88 of Iowa City died Friday, December 4, 2015, at Briarwood Health Care Center.

Memorial services will be held at 10am Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Newman Center in Iowa City where Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect for parking around the church. There will be a time of light refreshments and visitation following the services. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Bonnie's memory to either Briarwood Health Care Center.

Bonnie Jeanette Beamsley was born July 31, 1927, in Eldora, Iowa the daughter of Roy and Agnes (Hartman) Beamsley. Following graduation from Ackley High School in 1945, she attended AIB Business College. She used these skills in the early days of her marriage to William "Bill" Bleeker to support them while he was in college. She and Bill settled to Iowa City in 1946 where they raised their family, and Bill was employed by the Iowa City Community Schools in various capacities including superintendent. They left Iowa City in 1975 for California returning after retirement in 1989. Bonnie not only cared for her family, but also valued her life experiences; including working game management at the Los Angeles Coliseum for the 1984 Olympics and other Los Angeles area sporting events, traveling to Europe and Japan, and performing tap dance at Hancher Auditorium. She had many interests; golf was her sport, and the Hawkeyes were her team.

Bonnie's family includes her husband Bill; their two children, Debra Lawrence and William Bleeker Jr., 4 granddaughters, Kelly Lentsch, Tisa Johnson, Lanny Tygrett and Sadie Ary; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Eloise Harvey.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our sincere sympathy on your great loss of such a beautiful person and wife. Please extend our sympathy to Debbie and Bill. May Bonnie be with the Lord.

Posted by Stephen & Yolanda Garcia - Belen, NM   December 30, 2015

Bill, Debbie and Bill Jr. -- Our heartfelt sympathies to you in the loss of Bonnie. We have lots of memories of days gone by. Bonnie had a zest for life and a great sense of humor. She will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing her. Blessings to you.

Posted by John and Jacklyn (Jake) Moore - Iowa City, IA   December 24, 2015

Bill and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The last good bye is always sad. Pat Davis

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2015

Mr. Bleeker
Was so sorry to read of Bonnie's passing in the online Press Citizen. May your memories bring comfort and may God bring peace to all your family.

Posted by Nancy Schmidt Liggett - Lake Charles, LA   December 09, 2015

We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.

Posted by Diane Thomsen    December 08, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by JF - NY   December 08, 2015

much sympathy.

Posted by Bud and Bonnie Williams - Iowa City   December 07, 2015

I have more memories than I can count of Bonnie lighting up my day with her lively spirit and antics. From the singing at the top of her lungs to the comments she would make about something she'd noticed, she had a way of bringing joy those around her. I will never hear "White Christmas" the same since we listened to it while watching the snowfall on November 21st. She had a look of pure peace on her face. My prayers will be with you all whom she loved so much.-Andrea

Posted by Andrea Mahoney - Iowa City, IA - Briarwood Activity Director   December 07, 2015

Mr. Bleeker (Bill) I'm so sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. You have been so blessed to have so many wonderful years together. You take care and know that you are in my prayers. Love to you and your family.

Shirley "Schmidt" Nevins

Posted by Shirley "Schmidt" Nevins - Montgomery, TX - Former student   December 07, 2015

Debby - Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about yyur Mom's passing.

Losing the person that probably had the most influence on your life is tough.

My thought are with you and your family!

Posted by Jerry Hora - Iowa City, IA - Friend   December 07, 2015


We would just like to express our extreme sadness at the loss of a beautiful lady and wonderful friend. Her sweet voice and her wonderful rendition of "Home on the Range" certainly enhanced our dining pleasure! There will always be an empty space in out hearts that only her memory can fill! Much love.rM

Posted by Kathy, Lottie, Lisa, Hind - Iowa City, IA - friends   December 06, 2015

It was an honor to get to know Bonnie and Bill over the last 2 years. Her smile lit up my days and her singing filled the halls of Briarwood, which made is all smile. Bonnie will be missed greatly. My prayers go out to all of you.

Posted by Janet Nierling - Iowa City, IA - Housekeeper at Briarwood   December 06, 2015

Many fond memories of Bonnie and Bill stopping in at Pappa K's Tree House in Coralville after golfing or for Friday happy hour. Enjoyed hearing their stories of their years in Iowa City and the glory years of Hawkeye football. It was nice to catch up with them at the state fair a few years ago. My deepest condolences to Bill and her family. A first class lady who always had a smile and an infectious laugh. Bless you all.

Posted by Kevin L Kooyman - North Liberty, IA - Friendly neighborhood bartender   December 06, 2015

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