In Memory of

June Clara Gonnerman

March 12, 1922 - November 16, 2017
From: Hartley, IA | Originally: Okoboji, IA
June Clara Gonnerman

June Clara Gonnerman

Born: March 12, 1922
Died: November 16, 2017
Age: 95

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    June Clara Hansen, daughter of Carl Hansen and Agnes Koep Hansen, was born in Everly, Iowa, on March 12, 1922.  The family moved to rural Hartley when June was a teen. She graduated from Hartley High School in 1940 as a member of the National Honor Society.

 She was united in marriage to Donald Gonnerman in 1941. The couple farmed in the Hartley and May City areas until 1958. To this union four children were born: David, Karolyn, Colleen and Loren. During these years, the couple spent countless evenings dancing the night away at The Roof Garden, Central Ballroom, Neebels Danceland and other area dance halls.

     The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1959, where June began catering dinners for various large church groups as well as local dignitaries. She brought her passion for cooking back to Iowa when they returned to Hartley, and later to Okoboji. She shared her cooking talents as a HyVee Deli employee and ultimately as head cook at Lutheran Lakeside Camp and Camp Okoboji.  June was well-known for her delicious pies, rolls, birthday, graduation and wedding cakes. She provided hundreds of homemade cookies for several local banks during the Christmas Holidays year after year.

     June and Donald enjoyed numerous trips throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They enjoyed fishing and camping.  In her spare time, she was a volunteer with the Lakes Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Milford.

     June was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 55 years; brother, Donald Hansen; and sons, David and Loren. Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Karolyn (Tom) Erichsen; daughter-in-law, Denise Gonnerman, all of Spirit Lake, Colleen (James) Johnson of Sutherland, ten grandchildren, 18 great- grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Doris Nagel and Lavonne Hansen, both of Hartley, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, November 20 at Warner Funeral Home in Everly, IA.

Memorials to Camp Okoboji.

Pastor Perry Aalgaard
June's Grandchildren:
Craig Gonnerman
Shaun Gonnerman
Teri Wyman
Amber Long
Brice Erichsen
Darin Johnson
Sonya Duhn
Stuart Weston
Dan Weston
Ashley Weston

The family will visit with friends prior to the funeral service at Warner Funeral Home in Everly.
Organist - Elaine Leonard

Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, IA


Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:05 PM
“I just looked up June's whereabouts, and am sad to learn that she has passed. I'm wishing that I had refreshed my connection with her a few years ago. She was very kind to me when I spent a summer as an assistant cook (along with three other summer staff members, Bonnie, Liz and Kim) at Lutheran Lakeside Camp in 1979, and I remember her with gratitude and affection. I still have a trivet that she gave me as a gift at the end of the summer, although it is now cracked and June's writing on the back has smeared beyond legibility. (I can still read the words "Thanks," "Great summer" and "God.") I also still use her recipe for O-Henry bars! Rest in peace, dear June. Until we meet again, Laurie”
- Laura "Laurie" Lindell
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Sending our Love and Sympathy. We have wonderful memories. First met at the Lutheran Camp. Then when we found she was making those wonderful Christmas Cookies I always bought from her. Always so friendly and loving. She will be missed but these memories will keep her close to our hearts. God Bless”
- Chuck and Donna Tielbur
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8:02 AM
“Sorry to hear of June's passing. Enjoyed working with her at the HyVee deli. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
- Jim Zweifel
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM
“My sympathy to all of you in the loss of June. I had visited June each month the past year as part of the Visitation Ministry at First Lutheran Church. She told me many wonderful stories about making pies and teaching Sunday School. I will miss her as I am sure you will too. My prayers are with you.”
- Helene Vander Werff
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 5:38 PM
“Sonya and families ,we are so sorry for your loss.”
- Jim and JoAnn Coakley
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 12:45 PM
“Lots of memories from my childhood days with June. Donold and Family
Thinking of you all.. prayers...
- Jackie Mann ( Lucy’s Granddaughter)
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 12:45 PM
“So sorry Colleen to hear about the passing of your Mother. We've been blessed having our Mothers in our lives for such a long time... it is still hard to see them go, but they live on forever in our hearts, minds and spirit. Vicki and I send our sincerest condolences to you, James and your families, our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Frank and Vicki Fitzloff
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“So sorry to hear that your mom has passed away You have our deepest sypathy”
- Lois & Larry Klatt
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 9:34 AM
“So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers being sent.”
- Vince and Jan McGee
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:41 PM
“On behalf of my Mother (Deda Behrens) and myself we want to extend our sympathy to June's family. Mom really enjoyed the time she spent with her at Heritage Landing. I am grateful for an afternoon we spent with June and she shared some interesting family history.”
- Cindy Koenck
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:25 PM
“So sorry for your loss she was a go getter. ”
- Curt and Marla Pyle
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