Karen Kay Bonta
1946 - 2018
BORN
1946
DIED
2018
FUNERAL HOME
King-Lynk Funeral Home
3507 Avenue L
Fort Madison, IA
Karen Kay Bonta, 71, of rural Fort Madison, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Arizona, the result of a car accident while enjoying a morning walk with her husband, Bob.

She was born Oct. 19, 1946, in Keokuk, to Carrel and Leona Meeker Bruder and was raised by Carrel and Helen Leona Bruder.

Karen graduated from Morris, Ill., community high school in 1964, then attended Culver-Stockton College where she acquired a degree in business education. Karen joined Chi Omega sorority during her time at college and met the love of her life, Robert Lee "Bob" Bonta. Karen and Bob were wed on July 29, 1967, in Morris, while both were attending graduate school at Western Illinois University. With her graduate degree as an education counselor, Karen began her career teaching business in Dallas City, Ill. Karen retired as a guidance counselor at Fort Madison High School and Fort Madison Junior High.

After retirement, Karen enjoyed playing the piano at First Christian Church, study club, being a member of the Red Hat Society and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Karen and Bob enjoyed traveling the globe with their close friends and family. In addition to spending the last several winters in Fountain Hills, Ariz., they had visited Africa, China, South America, Antarctica, Australia, Egypt, Alaska, Europe, Caribbean and Mexico.

Karen's priority was being a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Family and friends looked forward to her ham balls, chocolate chip cookies and apple dumplings. She was an avid lover of jewelry and "cute things." One of her favorite things to do was sharing her immense knowledge of jewelry with her granddaughters. Karen and Bob traveled extensively to attend their grandchildren's activities including sporting events, musical performances and stage plays. Karen would light up a room within minutes of entering with her positivity and generosity of spirit.

Karen is survived by her mother, Helen Bruder of St. Paul, Minn., and her siblings, Kent McCormick (Holde) of Germany, John (Lynn) Bruder of St. Paul and Barb (Roger) Rogotzke of Sleepy Eye, Minn. She is also survived by her three children, Grant (Amy) Bonta, Barb (Jeff) Snyder and Amy (Nic) Ferin. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Carter, Chandler and Camden, children of Grant and Amy; Harrison, Alexa and Ainsley, children of Barb and Jeff; and Olivia, Madisen, Dexter and Stella, children of Amy and Nic.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Leona Meeker Bruder, and her father, Carrell Bruder.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at First Christian Church, 608 10th St., Fort Madison, with the Rev. John Simpson conducting. Burial will be in Claypoole Cemetery in rural Wever.

VISTATION: After 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, with family present 4 to 7 p.m., at First Christian Church.

MEMORIALS: A memorial has been established in Karen's memory.

WEBSITE: kinglynk.com.

ARRANGEMENTS: King-Lynk Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Madison.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.

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Published by Herald-Whig from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2018.
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Mar
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608 10th St., Fort Madison, IL
Mar
24
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First Christian Church
608 10th St., Fort Madison, IA
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As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Always will be with you as I remember my friend and Bob and their wedding , We had many good times and she was an awesome classmate and they did so much for the community,etc. Wonderful couple. My love to you all. Love, Lianne
Lianne Moyer
Classmate
March 10, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to their family dealing with this . Prayers are with you
Sharon Lee
July 17, 2018
So sorry for the loss of Karen and Bob they were good people! What a loss our prayers will be with the family!
Lou Baxter
Friend
March 26, 2018
There are no words to say that can ease the pain of loss we all feel when we lose 2 of the most wonderful people I was so blessed to know for many years. Wish I could have seen them more often over the years. We had great times in high school and I can still hear her voice. Bob was a super friendly person- their smiles lit up the room . God bless you all. Love, LianneLeach Moyer
Lianne Moyer
March 25, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Bonta family. Bob and Karen were educators from head to toe, and mostly from the heart. Such fun-loving and caring people. A tragic loss to all who knew them.

Connie (Merschbrock) Bowen
Connie Bowen
Coworker
March 24, 2018
Karen and I worked in the guidance office together at FMJr. High, which is now the new middle school. I absolutely adored her and we became great friends as well as colleagues. She was a wonderful friend and we shared many laughs. Her apple dumplings were a hit at every potluck, and she spoke of her children often. I am so sorry for their lose and my heart is sick for them. May they find comfort in knowing how proud both Bob and Karen were of them and their grandchildren.
Elma Overton
Friend
March 23, 2018
My sympathy to your whole family. Karen was a sorority sister, and I remember her smile and laugh.
Anne Johnson
Friend
March 23, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss of both Karen & Bob. We were colleagues of theirs in the education field. May you find strength in the love that surrounds you during this difficult time.
Tony & Linda Takai
Acquaintance
March 21, 2018
We did not know your parents but as residents of Fountain Hills we have been so touched by this tragedy. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts have been with you since we heard on that Tuesday morning. Our deepest sympathy to you all.
Jim and Susie Letts
March 21, 2018
Our hearts are aching for all of you. God has certainly taken two angels from us. I have so many happy memories of both of your parents. Karen always had such a beautiful smile and contagious laugh. We laughed until we hurt so many times. I wish that I could be there to hug each one of you. Know that I am there in thoughts and love. My deepest sympathy.
Linda Beck
Friend
March 20, 2018
I feel very fortunate to have worked with both Karen and Bob in education. In addition, I was blessed to have their children both in my classes and in sports. An absolute quality family throughout. Our sincere condolences to Barb, Grant, Amy and their families.
Bob Norton
Friend
March 19, 2018
We will never forget all the fun times we had with your folks, while raising our young families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bonta family.They will be missed by all who knew them. Hugs to Grant,Barb and Amy 6 6 6
Riley Mike & Deanna
Family Friend
March 19, 2018
To the Bonta family, when thinking of your parents I remember playing softball with your Dad when I returned to town after college. Bob was a great pitcher in slow-pitch and a real team player. Your Mom was a real friend and counselor to all. All the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dick Burch
Friend
March 19, 2018
When I was a junior at Ft. Madison High School, circa 1982 - I had a career coaching session with my guidance counselor, Karen Bonta. We discovered that I was destined for something in communications - her husband Bob was my guidance counselor and fond of showing those classic "film strips" at Jackson Grade School. I was so fortunate to share a matinee of "Hamilton" with this dynamic couple just last June. These two fine role models will be missed. Love to their family . Rest in peace Karen and Bob Bonta.
Brian Anderson
Friend
March 19, 2018
When I was a junior at Ft. Madison High School, circa 1982 - I had a career coaching session with my guidance counselor, Karen Bonta. We discovered that I was destined for something in communications - her husband Bob was my guidance counselor and fond of showing those classic "film strips" at Jackson Grade School. I was so fortunate to share a matinee of "Hamilton" with this dynamic couple just last June. These two fine role models will be missed. Rest in peace Karen and Bob Bonta.
Brian Anderson
Student
March 19, 2018
Amy, so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers that God will give you the strength needed to get through this difficult time. Ryan also sends his condolences.
With deepest sympathy, Rosie Hendrix
Rosie Hendrix
March 18, 2018
Karen and Bob were a wonderful couple. So sorry to hear of their tragic death. They will be missed.
Barb Mentjes
Friend
March 18, 2018
Karen and Bob were such wonderful people. I worked with Karen at FMHS when she was a counselor and I was a secretary. I also worked with/for Bob at the Area Education Agency. We attended the same church. They will both be so missed by not only their family and friends, but by the whole community. Our prayers go out to their family.
Karan Faul
Friend
March 17, 2018
My deepest condolence to Karen and Bobs family. I went to Culver Stockton with Karen and Bob. Karen and I were Vhi Omega sorority sisters. What a fun, smart, caring person. We were roommates for a semester. Although we hadn't seen each other for a long time, our friendship was still there. May you find peace through friends and family.
Kay Leftwich Ward
Friend
March 17, 2018
The nicest neighbors we had on ave e their daughter played with my girls my heart goes out to their family
Kathy Marshall(wellington)
Friend
March 16, 2018
Grant,Barbie and Amy and families my heart is so sadden for all of you and the community. Your Mom and Dad were such an essential part of this community. I have so missed doing your Mom's hair since we moved from the area. We always had wonderful visits talking about everything. Most of all hearing everything about you kids and grandkids, She was so proud of each of you. I still remember so much of our conversatons. Both will be greatly missed by all. You all are in our prayers.
Barb Mika
Friend
March 16, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Karen was a sorority sister at Culver-Stockton Colege. We spent our freshmen year of college in the dorm together before moving to the house. I remember how much they both cared and loved each other. They were truly met to be with each other. A few years ago Bob and I reconnected at SHIIP training in Coralville, Iowa at a training session. We both enjoyed helping people on their journey thru the Medicare maze. Your parents will be remembered by many of the C-S family, Chi Omega sisters and especially the Class of 1968.
Betsy Fair
Classmate
March 16, 2018
Our wonderful neighbors on Avenue E. Rest in peace dear friends.

Fred and Kitty Winke
Fred Winke
Friend
March 15, 2018
My heart absolutely breaks for you and your entire family...

Angie & I pass along thoughts & prayers.

They were always very kind to me...I always thought very highly of them.

Truly sorry Barb.
Mr. & Mrs. Troy Scholl
Troy Scholl
Classmate
March 15, 2018
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