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June 18, 2020

Bonnie J. Gerner

Bonnie J. Gerner (Stricker), age 75 of New Glarus, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born on April 12, 1945, the daughter of John and Helen (Prien) Stricker.

Bonnie was raised on a dairy farm with her siblings, Judy Wilhelmi and Jim Stricker. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1963. Bonnie married Ed Gerner on October 22, 1966. Shortly after she was married, Bonnie's mother passed away unexpectedly. Bonnie and Ed lived on the family farm in Whitewater for a time, then moved to a farm outside of Monticello where Steven and Jennifer were born. In 1976, Bonnie and Ed purchased their dairy farm outside of Blanchardville where Rebecca was born and the couple lived there for the next 30 years.

Bonnie loved the farm life and the cows, but she always had a job off the farm to help make ends meet. She worked as a waitress, Equity Livestock, and the Blanchardville Co-Op. Bonnie then went on to work for Land's End for 27 years. She was a dedicated member of the Adams Lutheran Church. She volunteered and served her church whenever called for funeral lunches, church projects, and Family Promise. Bonnie was known as the "Cream Puff Lady" for the Green County Ag Chest for 20 years, serving on the board and making countless cream puffs. When her children where younger she became the General Leader of the York 4-H, teaching kids the dairy industry and serving their community.

Bonnie was full of life. Her grandkids were everything to her, she loved to attend their activities. She loved to dance, play cards, play dominoes, bowl, garden, and bake lefse. She also loved her Green Bay Packers.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Edwin Gerner; son, Steven (Jody) Gerner; and daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Engstad and Rebecca (Chad) Sturdevant; seven grandchildren, Toni and Max Gerner, Thomas, Taylor, and Abigail Sturdevant, and Jacob and Lucas Engstad. She is further survived by a brother, Jim (Linda) Stricker; sister, Judy (Peter) Wilhelmi; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Stricker and Helen Stricker; and step-mom, Louise Stricker.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Adams Lutheran Church, N7148 County Rd A, Argyle, WI; Pastor Shelley Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Due to the ongoing public health crisis attendees are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines by remaining in their vehicles and listening to the broadcast of the funeral service in the church parking lot.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

Memorials are suggested to the Adams Lutheran Church.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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