Funeral services for Bonnie Ludwig of Morris, MN will be held Monday, April 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Federated Church in Morris, with Reverend Matt Orendorff officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Bonnie Lou Bergeland was born in Dawson, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota on April 12, 1941, to Harvey and Ann (Belsaas) Bergeland. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith in Dawson. Bonnie moved with her family to Correll, and then Odessa, Minnesota where she received her education, graduating with the Odessa High School Class of 1959. Following her schooling, she stayed at the high school and was employed as a secretary. While working, Bonnie met a schoolteacher, Anthony “Tony” Ludwig. The two began dating and were married on July 1, 1961. They remained in Odessa for a bit before moving to Parker’s Prairie, Alexandria, and then Morris. They added three boys to their family: Todd, Joe and Terry. Bonnie stayed home to care for the children until Terry went to school. Bonnie worked at Federated Church and then the Morris DAC until her retirement in the late 90s. In 2000, Bonnie and Tony relocated to their home on Pocket Lake near Alexandria. Tony died in December 2003. Bonnie continued to live at the lake until she moved to Morris in 2018. She lived at her apartment in Morris until this year, when she moved to West Wind Village.
Bonnie was a member of Federated Church in Morris and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed being a part of numerous Bridge clubs, sports booster clubs, and her lunch bunch group. Bonnie was a big fan of Elvis and enjoyed listening to his music and collecting various Elvis treasures. In earlier years, she and Tony enjoyed dancing. Bonnie loved the outdoors: gardening, birdwatching, being at Pocket Lake and sitting at a campfire until wee hours of the night. Those nights were made better with family, friends, s’mores and an occasional Corona. Bonnie would travel many miles to watch her grandchildren’s church and school activities, to visit family and attend her annual cousin’s weekend. Bonnie also enjoyed entertaining, complete with beautifully selected paper napkins for all occasions. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and having treats all throughout her home for her guests to enjoy.
Most importantly, Bonnie was full of selfless hospitality. She always had room to welcome others into her home and made everyone feel like they were part of her family. She truly cared for people and had a way of making them feel like they were the most important person in the world to her. She was forever putting others before herself and will always be known for her heartfelt term of endearment, Bless Your Heart.
Bonnie died on Monday, March 28, 2022, at West Wind Village in Morris; she was 80 years old.
Bonnie is survived by her sons: Todd (Heather) of Marshall, Joe (Renee) of Circle Pines, and Terry (Jasmine) of Andover; grandsons: Hunter (Kayla) of Lino Lakes, Bailey (Jessica) of Centerville, Anthony and Albi of Andover; great-granddaughters: Macy, Kylie and one on the way; brothers: Michael (Joy Dunn) Bergeland of Maple Plain, and Jeffrey (Lana) Bergeland of Alexandria; brother-in-law, Larry (Marion) Ludwig of Waukee, IA; nieces and nephews: Beth (Jerry) Slagter of Waukee, IA, Eric Ludwig of Waukee, IA, Peter Bergeland of Maplewood, Cathy (Scott) Leonard of Cottage Grove, Jennifer (Adam) Sommerness of Cottage Grove, and Kari (Jay) Kopischke of Minnetonka; great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous cousins, extended family, and many dear friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tony; sister-in-law, Betty Bergeland; and her parents.