Bonnie Hoover

March 8, 1931 - December 10, 2018


Visitation: Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 at the church, with the family present from 6-8 p.m.
Service: Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14 at Canton United Methodist Church. Private family burial will take place prior to the service

Bonnie Jean (Rauch) Hoover, age 87, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at Dougherty Hospice House surrounded by her family.  Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14 at Canton United Methodist Church.  Private family burial will take place prior to the service.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 at the church, with the family present from 6-8 p.m.

Bonnie was born on March 8, 1931 in Avon, SD.  She went to grade school in Avon, Springfield, Forestburg, and graduated from White Lake High School in 1948.  She attended college at Springfield Normal School and graduated from Sioux Falls University with a BA in Education.  She taught in country schools for 7 years before they were consolidated with the town schools.   She then taught kindergarten in Canton for 25 years.

          Bonnie married Dwight Hoover in Canton on April 29, 1950.  They have been members of the Canton United Methodist church since April 11, 1963.  She was a lifetime member of the SDEA/NEA, CEA, American Legion, and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She was also a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose #273 in Sioux Falls where she held several positions including Mother of the Year in 1994.  She had worked with Junior Girl Scouts and taught Sunday School while living in Sioux Falls for 6 years.  She also taught Sunday School in Canton for many years.

After retiring from teaching, she and Dwight drove cars for Bob Lier Ford.   She enjoyed working with children, camping, traveling, MN Twins baseball, and most of all her family.  Sunday brunch was always special at her house.

          She is preceded in death by her husband Dwight, daughter Linda Jean, grandson, Matthew, brother Donald and her parents.  She is survived by her four daughters- Sandra (Dennis) Lundstrom, Canton, Debra (Doug) Pederson, Canton, Tanna (Todd) Gries, Worthing, SD, and Donna (Colby) Edwards, St. Joseph. MO; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren plus 2 to be born in the new year; sister, Marlene Smith, La Mesa, CA; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Rauch, Glen Ellyn, IL; brothers-in-law, Kenny (Norma) Hoover, Sioux Falls, SD and Lowell Hoover, Champlin, MN along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

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  1. My kindergarten teacher! I would never recognize her as this does not look like I remember her at all! My greatest memory of her was myself 5 years old acting out skits of nursery rhymes. She picked me to be Little Miss Muffet but I could not get through the fake spider part of the story. I freaked out every single time! No acting there! lol. I remember the pink rug I used for naptime in her classroom…and the warm spring day when she went to sit at her desk and didn’t know she sat on a bee until it stung her. I remember going through a phase where I guess I would walk and swing my hips too much…she told me to stop walking that way and I never forgot that. Everyday we watched a couple of PBS shows on the TV…one I have shared with my 7 year old niece about 2 years ago to help her learn how to get her shoes on the right feet! One of the shows was about a librarian locked up in a room by a witch who wanted her to read all the stories in the world! So each show had a theme of sort and they put objects into a machine and it spit out a book relating to the objects. “Once Upon A Time” was the show…it’s on Youtube for those from my classmates who want a trip down memoriy lane. It was produced by Nebraska Public TV. I’m so lucky to have had her impact on my life as the school and community made me who I am today!

  2. Dear Deb and family,
    I have a lot of good memories of your mom (and dad) since I spent so much time at your house as a kid! Your mom was such a good sport and always had a smile for me. She made me feel like I was part of the family and your dad never said a word as I took yet another bottle of pop from the machine in his garage!
    As difficult as it is to have to say good bye to your mom may all of your memories of her give you peace in the months ahead. God Bless.

  3. Bonnie was a beacon of happiness to all who were lucky to have ever crossed her path. It’s impossible to imagine all the parents and children who will forever be grateful for all the gifts Bonnie gave of herself. She served her purpose well! My deepest sympathy to her family.

  4. Dear Sandi and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with all you guys! What a great person and neighbor Bonnie was – I have many fond memories; Blessings and Greetings to all. mc

    • Thanks Mike. Mom got to stay in her own home right up until the end. The last week was hospital and hospice. We know she is in a better place.

  5. Tanna,
    Thinking of you and praying for your family. Your Mom must be quite a blessing to your family and her community. Take care. Hugs to you my friend!

  6. My sincere sympathy to all of Bonnies family and friends. She was a very beautiful lady. She taught my son Paul in kindergarten. It’s always so heartbreaking to lose your mom, thinking of you in this sad time.

  7. Im zo sorry for the loss of Bonnie, she was a wonderful women and will be miss by many. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  8. You all have my sympathy and prayers. Oh man where do I begin in telling about Bon. She and I had so many fun trips going to football, basketball and wrestling for so many years. The joke was always I would get her to the right town and she would get me to the school. She was a strong women who loved everyone and everyone loved her. What a great influence she was to all the children who grew up in Canton. Have a great time in Heaven and be sure to bake me a cake and have it ready someday when I come to join you.

  9. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. May the God of all comfort be with the family during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3)