Pauline (Blake) Bonsall was born on March 16, 1916, in Chambers, Neb., to parents William and Maude (Fluckey) Blake. She attended school in the Burwell, Neb. area and graduated from Burwell high school. She attended Peru State College. Pauline taught country school in the Burwell area. On June 3, 1938, Pauline married Marion Bonsall in Burwell. The couple lived in Burwell until the mid 1940’s when they moved to Dunlap. Pauline worked with Marion at the Bonsall Appliance Store in Dunlap.
Pauline was a member of the Dunlap United Methodist Church. Pauline loved to travel and had been in all 50 states and traveled to many foreign countries. At the age of 98, Pauline took a Mediterranean Cruise by herself. She was a beautiful seamstress and cake decorator. She had been a Sunday School teacher, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the Entre Enous Club and loved to read and do crossword puzzles.
Pauline died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at the CHI Community Hospital in Missouri Valley at the age of 106 years, eight months and seven days.
Pauline was preceded by her parents; husband, Marion Bonsall; and three siblings, June Green, Claus Blake and Pete Blake. She is survived by her two children, Gale Bonsall of Cedar Falls and Tina and her husband Russ Willis of Dunlap; nine grandchildren, Anne (Tim) Bonsall Hoekstra, Jill Bonsall, Amanda Palmer, Laura (Justin) Terry, Victoria Smith (James), Miranda Trucke (Eric), Cassandra Willis (Matt), Robert Willis and William Willis (Kristina); grand-son-in-laws, Travis Smitha and Ethan Trucke; 12 great grandchildren, Kate, George, Chelsea, Rhianna, Thomas, Lincoln, Logan, Rder, Malakia, Ivory, Audrey and Huxton; and many other relatives and friends.
Pauline was cherished by all who knew her and a blessing to all.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Dunlap United Methodist Church with Pastor Aaron Terwilleger officiating and Judd Kirk providing the music. Lunch will be served immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.
Fouts Funeral home of Dunlap is helping the family with the arrangements. www.foutsfuneralhome.com