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STEVE BONGERS

Funeral Services: Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Faribault
  10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 9th and also at church 1 hour prior to the service

Steven J. Bongers, age 44, of Faribault died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at his home.

He is survived by his wife Julie; three children, Declan, Mason and Abigale; his parents, Kenneth and Bonita (Wetzel) Bongers of Faribault; his grandmother, Viola Wetzel of Faribault; two siblings, Mark (and Dr. Wendy) Bongers of Nerstrand and Laura (and Mark) Burkhartzmeyer of Faribault; five nieces, Cassandra, Ashley, Mikayla, Jacquelyn and Rylie; five nephews, Big Alexander, Little Alexander, Justin, Reece and Gavin; special in-laws, Wally (and Bev) Gulbrandson, Marge Lusty, Brian (and Jen) Gulbrandson and Kia (and Tom) Woida; other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Steven Delzer, officiating. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Monday, April 9, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Youth Education through NRA or College Scholarship fund for Steve & Julie's kids or donor's choice.

 


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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name: Tim Kotnour
Email: atomsplitter@rushmore.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014

Memories

Thanks for letting me hang out with you in high school. As a loner I didn't have many friends, but you gave me a place. You'll be missed but never forgotten.

Name: Bill and Penny Murphy
Email: BPRMurphy@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Memories

While we only saw Steve a few times at different family events, we feel we knew him through the stories we often heard from our grandchildren - Rylie, Reece and Gavin. He was a positive influence to many children and will be greatly missed. Julie and kids-you are in our prayers. We are sorry for your loss and we hope the Lord will wrap you in his arms and heal your hearts. May your memories of Steve bring you comfort now and great joy in the future.

Name: Dave Kangas
Email: davidkangas@rocketmail.com
Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Memories

Although I know his physical pain is past and he rests now in his heavenly perch, I am still saddened by his passing. I pray for his family's spiritual healing, and hope that soon the hurt passes into warm memories of times spent with him and lessons and gifts he has passed down. He was a warm, intelligent, humorous and generous soul. I shared a number of classes with him in Jr and Sr High but have only spoken to him at one reunion since '86 - I think it speaks volumes that I can easily remember the laugh and character of the man these many years later. You certainly made your positive impact on many lives with your gifts and I am thankful for your time you spent here with us. God speed Steve!

Name: Dave Kangas
Email: davidkangas@rocketmail.com
Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Memories

Although I know his physical pain is past and he rests now in his heavenly perch, I am still saddened by his passing. I pray for his family's spiritual healing, and hope that soon the hurt passes into warm memories of times spent with him and lessons and gifts he has passed down. He was a warm, intelligent, humorous and generous soul. I shared a number of classes with him in Jr and Sr High but have only spoken to him at one reunion since '86 - I think it speaks volumes that I can easily remember the laugh and character of the man these many years later. You certainly made your positive impact on many lives with your gifts and I am thankful for your time you spent here with us. God speed Steve!

Name: Michael & Shelly Wahl
Email: mwahl281@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012

Memories

It is difficult to comprehend that Steve is no longer on this Earth. We have many fond memories with Steve and Julie while they lived in Baytown. The memories range from playing cards, cooking out, playing sand volleyball, traveling, driving our convertible mustangs different places. The thing I cherished the most was just hanging out at each other's house and just laughing and visiting. Steve you will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Julie and the kids.

Name: Bob Cornell
Email:
Date: Monday April 09, 2012

Memories

Texas was a far better place during the time Steve and Julie spent as our neighbors in Baytown. Steve was a man that you truly felt blessed to call friend and will truly be missed. He was one of those special people that passes through your life and you say "thank you God". I will always remember the special times we shared around the pool or barbeque with both of you. My prayers to your entire family

Name: Pam Coffman
Email: pcoffman@farmington.k12.mn.us
Date: Monday April 09, 2012

Memories

Dear Julie and Family, As so many have said, Steve was taken way too soon. I hope that the wonderful words that so many have said will be a comfort. Steve was one of a kind...in every good way. Funny, sensitive, positive, bold, intelligent and he loved his family. I am praying that you will feel God's arms around you all - carrying you when you need it. Sincerely, Pam Coffman

Name: Mike & Jean Olson
Email:
Date: Monday April 09, 2012

Memories

Our thoughts, love, prayers are with you all of you as you mourn the loss of your wonderful brother, husband, father and yet rejoice and celebrate the end of His journey in life. May you remember Him as he greets Jesus in Heaven, laughing, skipping, and running into His loving arms!! All our Love & Peace In Jesus' Name Mike & Jean & Fr. Mark (WWME friends of Mark & Wendy)

Name: Dave & Kathy Jelinek
Email: dnkjelinek@comcast.net
Date: Saturday April 07, 2012

Memories

Although we are the "distant" relatives through the marriage of Brian and Jen, and only saw Steve and the family a few times a year, his resounding laughter will always be heard. The few hours we spent on the lake at Rice Creek park with Steve and his family will also be cherished memories. Steve's gentleness and kindness will carry you, Julie, Declan, Mason, and Abilgale, for ever and ever. Although Steve's body is not here on earth, his spirit will live on forever in our memories and our hearts. God bless you and your family Julie. If you or the kids need help in any way, please know that you can call on us. Love Kathy, Dave, John, and Sarah

Name: Jennifer Struss
Email:
Date: Saturday April 07, 2012

Memories

Favorite memories: trip to Yellowstone in 2009 orchestrated by Steve, sitting around the fire at the cabin listening to Mark and Steve reminisce about their high school exploits (right in front of Bonnie! And she laughed!), pre-kid hikes and bike rides, post-kid trips to the Dells. Steve, we'll always miss your can-do/will-do-right-now attitude!

Name: Crystal Smith
Email: holywife7@gmail.com
Date: Saturday April 07, 2012

Memories

Julie words can not express our sorrow for you and Declan, Mason and Abigale. Our memories of Steve are a warm bond fire in your back yard with laughs and friendship. Watching Declan and talking with Steve before he left for work. He always made me laugh. Sharing our sons first year together. Caring for D, Phinehas and Zane all precious memories to my heart. Enjoying the memories of your time and friendship while you were in Alaska. Many thoughts and prayers for your family in the weeks, months and years ahead. Your Alaskan friends, Phil,Crystal,Phinehas and Smith family.

Name: jimmilee miller
Email: jimmilee@frontiernet.net
Date: Saturday April 07, 2012

Memories

steve and my son mike hung around together since they both worked at Nerstrand park, about 1984. they went to a lot of parties together. i remember driving "Bongers" home when he shouldn't have been driving! i enjoyed his optimistic attitude. he had such a great laugh. my kitchen seemed small when he was in it! i'm sorry he is gone from this earth. so many will miss him. kids, remember you had a great dad! best wishes to the family.

Name: Jeanne Langeslag
Email: jmlang2408@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 06, 2012

Memories

Dear Kenny, Bonnie and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss...i'll keep you in my prayers....Jeanne Langeslag

Name: Pete and Joyce Cagle
Email: sec8mnmnal@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 06, 2012

Memories

Mark, Wendy and family, Please know of our prayers for all of you at this difficult time. May God's grace fill you with peace and guide you with wisdom as you mourn the loss of Steve. Love, Pete and Joyce

Name: Dan & Theresa Lovdahl
Email: tklovdahl@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

We are so glad that we were honored to have known Steve! There will not be a day that goes by that we will not remember all the great times we had. Steve was a great hunting buddy, poker buddy and all around GREAT FRIEND! If there is ever anything that we can do for you Julie, please do not hesitate to call. Love to all the Bongers family, Dan & Theresa

Name: Drs. Larry & Kwan Christenson
Email: larry.christenson@gcsu.edu
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Julie, Declan, Mason, and Abigale - Steve was taken far too soon. While there is never a good time to lose a loved one, may the promise of this easter season be of comfort to you. We know that Steve is no longer in a place of pain and is now at peace. You are in our thoughts during the difficult days and weeks ahead.

Name: Loren Quick
Email: Ljq1964@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Julie and all. My heart and prayers go out to you.

Name: Roger & Karen Quick
Email:
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Dear Julie and family, We're thinking of you so much these days with love and sympathy in our hearts for you all. We know that this is such a difficult time and we wish you the very best of comfort from all around you. Our Deep Love and Sympany, Roger and Karen

Name: Barb & Tom Hovde
Email: bhovde60@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Steve will be missed greatly, especially his laughter and his engaging personality. I remember many good times with Steve and your family at LeRoy-Ostrander and our prayers are with all of you.

Name: Randy & Nancy Pelletier
Email:
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Julie, kids and family, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Having been your neighbors at the cabin for so many years we know together your family will navigate through the difficult times ahead. Support from friends and your faith in God will help you move forward and heal. May the peace of God be with each of you.

Name: Lisa Swenson
Email: lmswenson99@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Our prayers go out to the family during the difficult time. Lisa & Rochelle Swenson

Name: Hans Hazelton
Email:
Date: Thursday April 05, 2012

Memories

Steve was a good man and a good friend. Lisa and I had a lot of fun with Steve and Julie in Anchorage. We remember lots of snowmachine trips, movie nights and Oriana and Declan's first year. Good memories.

Name: Traci Thieding (Bongers)
Email: traci7476@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday April 04, 2012

Memories

I will always remember Steve for his laughter, he always could make you smile, he will be missed terribly by all who knew him. We are so very sorry for you loss, it is a shame that the good always die young, he will be remembered in our hearts forever. Love, Traci, Mark and the boys.

Name: Linda Storlie
Email:
Date: Wednesday April 04, 2012

Memories

My sympathies to all of you in Steve's passing. When I worked with him at the old Middle School (West), he always had a friendly smile and a laugh, especially since I always greete him with, "Hi, Bonkers, how's it going?" Time goes so quickly and those we love sometimes go too soon too. God gives us memories that we may have roses in the Decembers of our lives. May your memories fill to fullness the emptiness you now feel. You are in my thoughts. Linda Storlie

Name: Kathleen Schmidt
Email: kschmidt@farmington.k12.mn.us
Date: Wednesday April 04, 2012

Memories

Steve, You were a man of integrity, humor and grace. I will miss you dearly. Kathy

Name: Janice Carlson
Email:
Date: Wednesday April 04, 2012

Memories

To the family of Steve...I work at the high school and may I just say what a joy it was to work with such a wonderful person. Steve always made me smile and his dynamic presence was always evident especially in the hallways. He had such a way with the students and you could tell by the way they responded to him..I feel priviledged that I knew him and I will never forget him..Take care and God will help you through this.

Name: Joy Davison
Email: jdavison@co.rice.mn.us
Date: Wednesday April 04, 2012

Memories

To Julie, Laura, Ken and Bonnie. So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Having lost two brothers, I know how heart wrenching this is. Praying for all. Joy Davison