Lambert Funeral Home


Margaret Lynn Bohnel

March 30, 1947October 10, 2021

Margaret Lynn Bohnel, age 74 of Roseville, California passed away on October 10th, 2021. She was also called Margie by her friends and family; and true to her independent spirit, embraced the name Maggie later in life. Maggie was born on March 30th, 1947 to a British immigrant mother, Dorothy, and a Dutch immigrant father, Johann. She was raised in Wisconsin with her two siblings, John and Bonnie. She and her husband of 52 years, Bernd Bohnel, met at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. They raised their three children, Peter, Ericka, and Elizabeth in Stillwater, Minnesota. She loved her children (and godchildren) immensely, and with priority.

Maggie was an artist and an avid reader of literature, poetry, and politics. Anyone who knew her well, would likely say that she was of warrior caliber strength, supremely patient, deeply spiritual, kind and generous with her time and love. She had a way of igniting mischievous adventure, while remaining grounded. She encouraged her loves to live with audacity and like a soft, sunny sky. She lit up every room and put that gentle fire inside everyone around her.

She was a medical technologist professionally, and delved deeply into anything hematologic or sleekly scientific. Her intentional artistry carried her throughout her life with prolific works of quilting, beading, writing, cross-stitching, knitting, and painting. Maggie also expressed her creativity through her uncanny fashion sense, always dressed to impress, and everyone knows her favorite was Chico's. She also cherished moments of singing and dancing, particularly to anything Elvis. Like the ocean and anything elementally of water, Maggie ran in with curiosity and a splash of calm. She moved like it was part of her.

Funeral services will be held at St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, California. Date and time to be announced.

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Allie Carlevato

October 15, 2021

Dear Ericka, Elizabeth and Pete- we were so blessed to have your family in our lives. The Bohnel's created a family for us and Margie was a main pillar of that foundation. She taught me many things growing up but most importantly gave me the courage to explore new things including spirituality. Even as a child, I remember her having a radiant energy and she carried this with her throughout her life. She had a great sense of humor and just a lovely way that she carried herself. She was a healer, which I am sure added many bonus years to her life, and was always reading and learning new things so she could share with others. I loved her sense of adventure and willingness to do something crazy all for a new experience. I will never forget our times in the duster, when she made us stone soup while we tried to scare her by hanging fake spiders through the heating grates, decking us out in purple for the first Prince concert, hiking up to the hot springs at midnight to see shooting stars, and the many holidays we shared together eating her special pasta shells. She was also an artist and left behind many treasures that we will all carry with us - from beading, painting, knitting, sewing, etc. I am a better human because of knowing her. May you continue to be wrapped in her bright light as you grieve her absence. Love you!

Judy Gulden

October 15, 2021

Dear Ericka,
What I remember most is your mom's sweet smile and gentle voice.
This is a very sad time for you. I hope you are getting the rest and nourishment you need. Your heart is breaking with strong waves of sadness and loss. This is one of the most monumental life's experiences.
You will carry her in your heart forever.
Love your kiddo.
Judy Gulden

Dianne Reid

October 13, 2021

My sympathy to your family. What a lovely lady Marge was and what a joy to be around. She and I spent many hours together when Erika and Michelle were in school together. We also shared many coffee and lunch dates

Marge always had a positive attitude and great sense of humor. I’ll never forget her

Love and sympathy,

Barb Snell Troy

October 13, 2021

Heartfelt condolences and much love to Margie's entire family at this time. Margie is my dear cousin (the daughter of my Dad's younger brother, John) who grew up in West Bend (Barton) Wisconsin. She is one of the kindest people I have every known, and I will never forget her beautiful smile. May your memories bring joy and solace at this difficult time. Wishing you God's blessings and peace, Barb Snell Troy