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Bonnie L. Simmons

Bonnie L. Simmons, 82, of Platteville, died on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Southwest Health Center, Platteville. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Platteville United Methodist Church.  Rev. Brenda Whitford will officiate.  Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville.  Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. 

Memorials may be made to the Bonnie L. Simmons Memorial Fund.  Online condolences may be made at www.melbyfh.com.

Bonnie was born on April 30, 1935 on the home farm in Elk Grove Township, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, the daughter of LaVerne and Mary (Sheffer) Wilson.  She was united in marriage to Ellsworth “Ellsy” Simmons on December 4, 1954 at the Cuba City United Methodist Church.  He preceded her in death on August 28, 2008.  Bonnie graduated from Cuba City High School in 1953 and from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1976.  She went into business with her sister Betty in 1978 where they owned and operated H&R Block for 17 years.  She then went on to manage the Platteville Schools Credit Union, later known as the Rountree Credit Union, until her retirement in 2000.  Bonnie was an avid Wisconsin sports fan, including the Packers, Badgers, and Platteville Pioneers.  In her earlier years Bonnie enjoyed bowling, golfing, and time spent with her and Ellsy’s card club.  In her later years, she enjoyed water painting, playing cards, traveling to Florida, but most of all, time spent with family and friends.  Bonnie was a member of the Platteville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Bonnie is survived by six children, Wayne (Cathy) Simmons of Platteville; John (Joanie) Simmons of Little Falls, MN; Brenda (Tim) Stanton of Platteville; Dean (Mary) Simmons of Platteville; Sue (Jon) Lindholm of Platteville; and Vonda (Roger) Lange of Platteville; sixteen grandchildren, Jason (Kelsie) Simmons, Ryan Simmons, Alyssa (Jake) Kieler, Chelsey (Tony) Skaj, Colin (Angie) Simmons, Dan Stanton, Steve Stanton, Adam Stanton, Emily Simmons, William Simmons, Sara Bescup, Jacob (Jessica) Lindholm, Katelyn (Matthew) McLaughlin, Jessica (special friend, Bradley) Lange, Tiffany (fiancé, Greg Line) Lange, and Brandon (special friend, KD) Lange; ten great-grandchildren,  Mia and Ty Simmons, Austin Simmons, Baby Kieler, Laynie Jo Simmons, Jackson Bescup, Jon Lindholm, Peyton and Zoey Lindholm, and Baby McLaughlin; four siblings, Bruce (Karen) Wilson, Betty (Donald) Loeffelholz, Keith (Tama) Wilson, and Sandra (John) Irace; and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, LaVerne and Mary and husband, Ellsworth. 

The family would like to thank Pastor Brenda from the United Methodist Church and also all of the nursing staff that cared for Bonnie, including the nurses at Southwest Health Center, Epione Pavilion, Manor Care, Meriter, and the EMTs for Southwest Health.


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