- December 4, 2015
- Iowa City, Iowa
of Bonnie's Passing
Briarwood Healthcare Center
605 Greenwood Drive
Iowa City, IA 52246
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“Bill,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...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Stephen & Yolanda Garcia - Belen, NM
“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...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: John and Jacklyn (Jake) Moore - IA
“Bill and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. The last good bye is always sad. Pat Davis
3 of 13 | Posted by: A friend
“Mr. BleekerWas 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...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Schmidt Liggett - LA
“We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.
5 of 13 | Posted by: Diane Thomsen
“My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
6 of 13 | Posted by: JF - NY
7 of 13 | Posted by: Bud and Bonnie Williams Iowa City
“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...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Andrea Mahoney - Iowa City, IA
“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...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Shirley "Schmidt" Nevins - TX
“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Hora - Iowa City, IA
“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...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy, Lottie, Lisa, Hind - IA
“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...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Janet Nierling - Iowa City, IA
“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...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin L Kooyman - North Liberty, IA
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.