Bonnie L. Goering, 95, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Bonnie Luella Tangeman was born July 8, 1922, to Henry and Lillian Work Tangeman in Newton. She attended Highland School through eighth grade, and then graduated from Newton High School. She was baptized in the Highland Evangelical Church, now Highland Trinity United Church of Christ, and attended there until her marriage to Eldon C. Goering on June 3, 1943. She has been a member of the Bethel College Mennonite Church since her marriage.
Bonnie and Eldon had four children—Larry, Lauren, Karen and Laverne. She and Eldon raised their children on the farm where she grew up. They were active in the church, 4-H and extension activities. Bonnie worked for several different employers during her career, including Hesston Corp., Jantz Manufacturing, Dalke Trucking and Bethel College. She retired from Bethel College at the age of 75 with more than 20 years of service there. She became the sole caregiver of her husband, Eldon, during the last eight years of his life, as he had Parkinson’s disease.
Bonnie never sat down without a project in her hands. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, hardanger and cross-stitch. She was also an excellent cook and seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Lillian Dreier Tangeman; her husband; her brother, Dwight Tangeman; and her son, Lauren Goering.
She is survived by her sons, Larry (Margaret) Goering and Laverne (Katy) Goering, and her daughter, Karen Dickson, all of Newton; daughter-in-law, Krista Goering of Lawrence; sister, Donna Campbell, Newberg, Ore.; brother-in-law, Jacob Goering, North Newton; sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Ralph) Lehman, North Newton, and Verna Goering, Moundridge; grandchildren, Crystal Goering Taylor, Kim Goetze Pineda, Kate Goering Lowe, Sandy Goering Hiebert, Kevin Goering and Suzie Goering Schultz; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bonnie made arrangements to donate her body for medical research at KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Her cremains will be buried at a later date alongside her husband, Eldon, in the BCMC columbarium.
A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton.
Memorial gifts in Bonnie’s name may be given to Bethel College Mennonite Church or Kidron Bethel Village, 3001 Ivy Drive, North Newton, KS, 67117.