Bonnie Jean Zellner, age 75, passed away peacefully Monday evening June 22, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1944 in Bucyrus, Ohio to the late Orville R. and Hilda R. (Fruth) Wertz. On April 12, 1964 she married Donald J. Zellner and they enjoyed 45 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2009.
Bonnie was a dedicated wife and mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a Granny.
Survivors include a son, Jimmy Zellner of Tiffin, two daughters, Cindy Little and Anita (Dennis) Zoeller of Tiffin, five grandchildren, Cory (Alicia Bryant) Little, Jessica Little, Mark (Bobbie Jo Krassow) Little, Cooper Zoeller, Caitlyn (Austin Harris) Zoeller, four great-grandchildren, Wyatt and McKenna Brock, Riley Zartman and Mia Harris, a brother, Alton (Barb) Wertz of Bloomville, a sister, Judy (Don) May of Sycamore.
She was raised in Bloomville and was a 1962 graduate from Bloomville High School. Bonnie spent her life in Bloomville together with her husband Don. They raised their three children there.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Roy and Don Wertz, three sisters, Lucille Fatzinger, Marjorie May, Annabell Fatzinger and one grandchild.
Bonnie’s first job was as a waitress at the Truck Haven Restaurant in Bloomville and she ended her working career as a cook at the Truck Haven Restaurant, now known as The Corner Restaurant. The years in between Bonnie was employed at the Olds-Pancoast and Lindsey- Olds Funeral Homes. She was also a cook at the Ruffing Family Care Center in Bloomville.
She will forever be remembered by her family and friends for her fabulous cooking, baking and candy making. Bonnie’s children and grandchildren will always remember & cherish her cookie baking. She would make her mother’s famous sour cream cookies, which her grandchildren fondly knicknamed “crack cookies”. Because once you started eating them, you could not stop! Bonnie was an accomplished sewer, an avid crafter, enjoyed reading Amish stories, and visiting the Amish country.
It was Bonnie’s wish that a private graveside service be held with her immediate family at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bloomville. Pastor Lukas Hafeli will be officiating her service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bliss Memorial Library or to the Bloomville EMS. The Lindsey-Shook Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR. 19 Bloomville, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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