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Gering Memorial Chapel

1755 11Th St., Gering, NE

OBITUARY

Bonnie Ziemann

January 9, 1945October 5, 2019

Bonnie Ziemann, 74 of Gering, Nebraska passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 at her home. Her graveside service will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with Pastor Tim Hebbert officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 3-7pm at Gering Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to Pup/Cat Backpacks, Panhandle Humane Society or Festival of Hope. Online condolences may be left at www.geringchapel.com. Bonnie was born on January 9, 1945 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Edward and Louise (Joder) Betz. She received her GED in 1981 and her Associates Degree from Union College in Lincoln. She married Vern Ziemann, Jr in 1962. From this union they had one daughter Ronda Jean. They divorced 7 years later but she remained close with her in-laws Vern and Dorothy Ziemann until their deaths. She was a member of Salem Congregational Church as a child. Bonnie worked at the Sheriff’s Department in Gering, Swift & Co as a secretary and many years at Community Action Agency in Gering. Bonnie was campaign manager for Bob Kerrey in 1982 where he was successfully elected as Nebraska’s governor. Governor Kerrey offered her a job in Lincoln where she moved and became the Deputy Director of the Department of Energy for 30+ years. She retired in 2014 from the DOE. She returned to Gering to be closer to her family. Bonnie’s pride and joy were her two granddaughters Whitney and Holley Roth and her dogs (Muffin, Izzy and Betsy). She was an avid Husker and WNCC volleyball fan. She was a great painter, loved crafting with her sisters and making wreaths. She had a green thumb and could grow any flower in her yard which was obvious when you drove by and saw her beautiful yard and flowers. She is survived by her daughter Ronda (Ted) Roth, granddaughters Whitney Roth and Holley (EJ) Bjorling, sisters Judy (Larry) Lindquist, Jan (John) Cortinez, Shelly (Jerald) Meisner, Lori Littell & fiancé Mark Futch, brother Rob Betz and sister-in-law Nina Betz, 13 nieces and nephews, and 19 great nieces and nephews. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents Ed & Louise Betz, brother Don Betz, infant sister Carol Betz and in-laws Vern & Dorothy Ziemann.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019

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Teri Anderson Ritterbush

October 10, 2019

Ronda,
I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember her from times that our families spent together when we were young.
May your memories and all that she passed on to you and your daughters bring you comfort.

Erin Reavis Reed

October 9, 2019

Bonnie was a good lady! Very proud and supportive of Ronda and Ted and the girls. I have a lot of fond memories of her from Jr. High and High School and loved how close she was with Grandma and Grandpa Z. Very sorry I cannot be home to be with you, Ronda.

Lynn Chamberlin

October 9, 2019

Rhonda,

I was so saddened to hear of Bonnie's passing. She was a good boss and a good friend for the many years we worked together at the Energy Office.

In all of our conversations since her retirement she expressed how happy she was to be back in Gering with you and Ted, and how proud she was of the girls!

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and take comfort in the happy moments.

Lynn & Ty Chamberlin

Jerry Loos

October 9, 2019

Ronda,
I'm so very, very sorry to learn of Bonnie's passing.
Bonnie and I spent more than 30 years working together at the Energy Office in Lincoln, so I have decades of fond memories of my good friend, and political partner.
It was probably a decade or more before we learned that we were related, in part by marriage. Your grandfather Vern was my father's first cousin (Dad's mother was Hedwig (Hattie) Ziemann Loos). Every spring and fall for more than 20 years, I have put flowers on all the Ziemann graves in and around Western, Nebraska.
It seems like just weeks ago that Bonnie and I exchanged postings on FaceBook, and we shared news about long-time Energy Office staff.
I'm truly sorry I won't be able to attend the service on Friday, but know that my thoughts are with you and your family.

Jerry Loos