Bonnie Claire Jansen, age 80, of Hudson, WI, passed away on April 28, 2016 at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN.
Bonnie was born on July 10, 1935 in Pepin, WI to Beryl E. and Clara A. (Younke) Branchfield. She grew up in Longview, WA and Duluth, MN. Her family eventually moved to Hudson, WI, where she graduated from Hudson High School in 1953. Following graduation, she was united in marriage to Gerald F. Jansen on November 23, 1956 at Mission Covenant Church in Hudson. Along with raising her three children: Laurie, Linda, and Daniel, she worked for many years at Norlake Refrigeration as a Switchboard Operator and Receptionist.
Bonnie loved taking care of her family and friends, whether that be through cooking delicious meals or knitting gifts for them. Her giving and caring nature made all around her feel welcomed and loved. She thoroughly enjoyed preparing the weekly Monday night dinners she shared with her sister Janet, and close friend Donna Kaiser; having even hosted one the Monday before her death. Gerald and Bonnie loved spending every weekend with their children at their family cabin, and during deer hunting season, she took on the duties of camp cook. When her husband passed away in 1992, she frequently took trips to the casino, and enjoyed working on her computer, playing games, and chatting with her distant friends online. Her kind and caring ways will be dearly missed by those who loved her.
She is survived by her children: Laurie Cole of Somerset, WI, Linda (Mike) Smith of Hudson, WI, and Daniel (Kari) Jansen of Hudson, WI; grandchildren: Brandon, Corey (Jaime), Megan, and Brian Cole, and Jennifer and Jessica Smith; step-grandchildren, Jeff and Dan Smith; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ava Cole; step-great-grandchildren, Ashley and Mikayla Hess; sister, Janet (Douglas) Lundberg of Hudson, WI; and brother, Robert (Dawn) Branchfield of Tucson, AZ.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; her parents; brother, Dennis Branchfield; and sister, Beverly (Don) Bjornstad.
A visitation for Bonnie will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Hudson, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Lakeland, MN.