Bonnie Lou Silvernail, 75, of Platte, SD passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Platte Health Center, Avera. Memorial Services are 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 9, 2020 at the First Reformed Church in Platte. A Committal Service will follow at Platte City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday, March 8, 2020 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service.
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Bonnie Lou Ekeren was born to Olaf and Lucille K. (Warden) Ekeren on March 2, 1944 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD and baptized at Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill, SD. Bonnie attended DeVoe Grade School and graduated from Volin High School, Volin, SD in 1962. While attending Volin High she accomplished being editor of the Volin High Newspaper, DAR, soloist, speech, church choir, and cheerleading, all while holding down jobs in Yankton, SD.
Bonnie married Murray Lee Lichliter on September 22, 1962; from this union four children were born: Randy William, Wendy Robin, Carrie Ann and Joely Lyn.
She held down jobs as an airplane parts inspector, a seamstress, and later took a job at the Yankton State Hospital in the hospital ward as a Nurse’s Aide. She went on to earn her CNA certification, working at nursing homes. She also supervised the Head Start Program.
Bonnie's first husband, Murray passed away in Norfolk, NE from bone cancer on August 31, 1998.
Bonnie remarried and moved to Platte, SD after which, a son, Charles Austin Silvernail, Jr. was stillborn on September 24, 1984 and is laid to rest in the Platte City Cemetery.
Following several years in Sioux Falls, SD and a divorce, Bonnie returned to Platte in 1999 where her daughter, Joely and family reside. Bonnie enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Platte area. She was employed at the Platte Care Center as a CNA and worked there until a medical issue forced her to retire.
She kept busy fixing up her house and working in her yard - her love of flowers shown through; she especially enjoyed sharing the lot line with Shirley Roetman.
Grateful for having shared in Bonnie’s life, her four children: Randy Lichliter (Cindy) of Norfolk, NE, Wendy Lichliter Vawser (Matt) of Kearney, NE, Carrie Lichliter Rise (Rich) of Fremont, NE and Joely Lichliter DeHaan (Rob) of Platte, SD; seven grandchildren: Zachary Lichliter (Bethany), Connor Rise, Reid Rise, Garett Vawser, Marisa Vawser (fiancé Frank), Trey DeHaan (Ashley) and Kordell DeHaan (fiancée Ramsey); two great grandchildren: Kenadie Lichliter and Eli Lichliter, also Baby Girl DeHaan (arriving April 2020); five brothers: Maurice Ekeren (friend Bonnie) of Yankton, SD, Darrell Ekeren (June) of Mission Hill, SD, Milford Ekeren (Helen) of Yankton, SD, Marvin Ekeren (Marilyn) of Yankton, SD and James Ekern (Donna) of Titusville, FL; a sister, Judy Ekeren Hackett (Bob) of Yankton, SD; a sister-in-law, Virgene Otte of David City, NE; along with many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her son, Charles A. Silvernail, Jr.; her parents, Olaf and Lucille Ekeren; three brothers: Gene Allen Ekeren, Robert Ekeren and Dennis Ekeren; a sister, Sharon Ekeren; spouse, Murray Lichliter; five sisters-in-law: JoEtta Ekeren, Kay Ekeren, Rose Ekeren, Janice Ekeren and Janet Ekern; and many grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.