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Bonnie Jo Steele Carner

It is with great sadness that the family of Bonnie Jo “BJ” Carner announces her passing on June 2 at the age of 78. Bonnie was born on December 18, 1941 to Volney and Wilma Steele of Beatrice who predeceased her. She is survived by her daughter, Kary Ferrari (Bob), and granddaughter, Kaitlyn Knoll of Guadalajara, Mexico. Bonnie is also survived by her sisters, Sharlene Joy Prohaska and Connie Jean Scheve, nieces Heather Mingst (Tyler), Holly Prohaska (Shawn), Jennifer Ruud (Matt), and nephew and God Son, Jeff Paben (Laurie).

Bonnie grew up in Beatrice, graduated from BHS, attended Peru State College and Denver General Hospital School of X-ray Technology and worked as an X-ray Technologist in Riverton, Wyoming. She returned to study at the University of Wyoming to receive her Bachelors Degree and then taught high school Home Economics in Bridger, Montana for 10 years. During this time, Bonnie received her Masters Degree from Oregon State University. In 1986 Bonnie moved to Giesen Germany where she taught English for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools for 10 years. While there, she met and married James Carner. They were married for 25 years before he passed away in January, 2019.

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Throughout her life, Bonnie loved traveling and discovering where new roads would take her. She was a world traveler visiting many countries in Europe, Asia, two trips to Alaska and almost every state. Her curiosity led Bonnie to find and meet her cousins in the Czech Republic. Bonnie will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Her quest for discovery, wonderful sense of humor, contagious laughter and free spirit will live in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Alzheimers Association or a charity of your choice.

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