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Published June 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Harold A. Bonawitz

Harold A. Bonawitz, 89, of Fargo, ND, died on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Essentia Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Harold was born November 13, 1923, in Greenbush, MN, to Raymond and Agnes (Nelson) Bonawitz. He grew up and attended school in Fargo, ND. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Harold married Joyce Voldness on August 28, 1949, in Thief River Falls, MN. Together they lived in Fargo for a time before settling in Moorhead. For 36 years, Harold worked as a driver and a salesman for Dwyer Beverage Co., and Hansen Distributing. As a young man Harold raised pigeons and later enjoyed working in his yard and flower gardens and took up golf in his retirement years. He enjoyed attending Bison football games and had season tickets for the FM Redhawks for 10 years. Harold was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the VFW and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Fargo.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; daughters, Nancy (Larry) Erickson of Moorhead, MN, Pamela (Don) Blaeser of Fertile, MN; grandchildren, Jodi (Adam) Sorenson of Austin, TX, Eric (Ambra Markos) Odness of Brooklyn, NY, Emily Blaeser of Fertile, MN, Misty (Brandon) Hanson of Elk River, MN, Tara (Kris) Lofstrom of Fargo, ND; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Kailey, Nicholas, Ashlyn, Trystan and Sven; sister, Betty (Wallace) Grund; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Harold A. Bonawitz

Harold A. Bonawitz, 89, of Fargo, ND, died on Friday, June 7, 2013, in Essentia Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Harold was born November 13, 1923, in Greenbush, MN, to Raymond and Agnes (Nelson) Bonawitz. He grew up and attended school in Fargo, ND. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Harold married Joyce Voldness on August 28, 1949, in Thief River Falls, MN. Together they lived in Fargo for a time before settling in Moorhead. For 36 years, Harold worked as a driver and a salesman for Dwyer Beverage Co., and Hansen Distributing. As a young man Harold raised pigeons and later enjoyed working in his yard and flower gardens and took up golf in his retirement years. He enjoyed attending Bison football games and had season tickets for the FM Redhawks for 10 years. Harold was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the VFW and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Fargo.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; daughters, Nancy (Larry) Erickson of Moorhead, MN, Pamela (Don) Blaeser of Fertile, MN; grandchildren, Jodi (Adam) Sorenson of Austin, TX, Eric (Ambra Markos) Odness of Brooklyn, NY, Emily Blaeser of Fertile, MN, Misty (Brandon) Hanson of Elk River, MN, Tara (Kris) Lofstrom of Fargo, ND; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Kailey, Nicholas, Ashlyn, Trystan and Sven; sister, Betty (Wallace) Grund; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lester, Raynold, Lozier; and sisters, Darlene Rasmussen and Marie Wade.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND.

A memorial gathering will be from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., in the church.

Online guestbook at www.wrightfuneral.com

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