Earl Bonde, 86, of Nerstrand died Wednesday, April 6, at his home due to complications from a rare disease called Amyloidosis.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Nerstrand on Monday, April 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Judy Gustafson officiating. Interment will be at Valley Grove Cemetery, Nerstrand.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2 to 6 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Earl was born February 22, 1925, the son of Oscar and Clara (Severson) Bonde. He was baptized on April 12, 1925, Easter Sunday, at home by Rev. Rolf Rosenquist. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Houglum on May 22, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford. He grew up on the family farm in Nerstrand, which he farmed with his brother Harold, and later with son Bill and nephews Gary and John. Earl was involved in many community organizations, including Grace Lutheran Church, Lenten Community Mens Choir, Valley Grove Cemetery Association, Farm Bureau, Federal Land Bank, and Nerstrand Elevator Board. He loved spending time with family and friends. His life was richly blessed with many loving stories and memories. Earl loved his Norwegian heritage; both he and Charlotte enjoyed traveling several times to their native country. He was a long time bowler still trying to achieve the perfect game in his early 80s. Earl loved to read, play games with his grandchildren and Freecell on the computer.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte; six children Steve and (Linda) Bonde, Bill and (Barb) Bonde, Gerald and (Denise) Bonde, Pete and (Julie) Bonde, Karen Bonde (Carla Kennedy), and Kris Bonde; 11 grandchildren Marcus, Kyle and Angie, Nate and Nicole, Blake, Evan and Merri, Jacob, Karl and Luke; two brothers, Robert and (Carol) Bonde, Harold and (Anne) Bonde, one sister, Helen and (Dick) Lodmill and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Alice Stenbakken and a grandson, Hans Bonde.

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Name: Jan (Wille) Hoisser
Email: mhoisser@comcast.net
Date: Saturday April 16, 2011


Charolette and Family I would like to offer my condolences to all. I remember Earl and the extended family with fond memories. I grew up in the Nerstrand area and my parents were Don and Ardell Wille. My husband was diagnosed with this same desease last fall and realize the sacrifice. Please know you all are in my prayers. Jan

Name: Sharon Ward
Date: Monday April 11, 2011


My thoughts and prayers are with you,today, Kris and to the rest of your family. Sharon Ward

Name: Marianne and Arve Nesheim-Hauge
Email: arve.n.h@haugnett.no
Date: Monday April 11, 2011


Dear Charlotte and family. Our deepest symphaties on your loss of Earl. Our memories of Earl here in Nedstrand and in Nerstrand will always be in our minds.We remember the big smile of Earl, fishing a big cod here in Nedstrand. Earl , Charlotte and family made it perfect for us visiting Nerstrand and we loved to have them here in Norway.Earl was a good Norwegian. Marianne and Arve,Andre,Odd Tore and Elisabeth

Name: Liz Benne & Marie Simonelli
Email: fhtnyntuf@aol.com
Date: Sunday April 10, 2011


Karen, Charlotte and family, We will always cherish the Alaskan trip we shared with you. Meeting on the train was so neat, like it was meant to be. We were all like family and it was one of our best trips ever. Charlotte, you and Earl were wonderful to talk with and we enjoyed fun times on/off the ship. Our deepest sympathy to you and my happy memories always keep him close to your heart. Liz and Marie

Name: Debbie, Bill and Lori Skarupa
Email: debbie250@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday April 10, 2011


Dear Bonde's, Our thoughts and prayers are with you - Sadness for today but rejoicing for a life well-lived and loved. Our sympathy to your whole family. Bill, Deb and Lori

Name: Becky Thompson Keebaugh
Email: becky.keebaugh@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 08, 2011


During the years that my dad, Allen Thompson, sold farm implements, he always visiting with Mr. Bonde in Norwegian. He said they'd have some wonderful conversations and exchange some great jokes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Maybe he and Dad are having a good visit once again now in Heaven!

Name: Glenn and Ronna Kennedy
Email: glkenn@cox.net
Date: Friday April 08, 2011


It was a short 6 years ago that Earl and Charlotte visited us here in Arizona while we celebrated Earls' 80th birthday. Such a great time and wonderful memories. We will always remember Earls' great wit, sense of humor and wonderful stories. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Charolette and the family.

Name: Amy Luesebrink
Email: aluesebrink@aol.com
Date: Friday April 08, 2011


Dear Charolette and Bonde family, My deepest sympathies on your loss of Earl. He truly was a Norwegian treasure that many family and friends were blessed to have known. From what I knew of Earl and the Bonde's, Earl has simply crossed over and is playing Sequence with Hans and they're probably planning and picking out the next "Bonde family camping trip". He was the ultimate example of a great husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many souls on this planet making us all wish we were alittle more Norweigan. My deepest sympathies. Amy Luesebrink

Name: Brenda and Don Rosenberg
Email: dnbrosen@freeway.net
Date: Thursday April 07, 2011


Charlotte and family, I am so sorry to hear of Earl's death. I know where he is and there was a big party in Heaven yesterday but we will miss him here. I love the picture you chose, his smile and his norwegian sweater are so Earl. He always had a hug and a smile whenever I saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all right now.