Bonnie "Susie" Roemhildt, age 81 of St. Peter, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Ecumen Prairie Hill in St. Peter.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 30, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in St. Peter with Intern Amy Hanson officiating. Burial will be at the Iosco Cemetery in Janesville. Visitation will be from 5:00 " 7:00 on Thursday and will continue one hour prior to the service, all at the church. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bonnie was born in Waseca County in 1933. She was the first daughter and second child of Arthur and Florence (Kruse) Bartelt. She attended elementary and high school in Waseca and graduated as Salutatorian in her high school class in 1951.She was selected by her class to be class secretary also. After high school, she enrolled at Bethany Lutheran College, earning an associate degree in Biology. She then was employed at the St. Louis Park Medical Center as a Medical Technologist. She then enrolled at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, graduating with honors in 1956 with a medical science degree. In Medical Technology and became licensed as an ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists). After her employment at St. Louis Park Medical Center, she was employed as a medical Technologist at the Owatonna Regional Hospital.
In 1961, she married Gene Roemhildt from Waseca and was employed by the Waseca Memorial Hospital until 1970. During this time, their two children were born and the family moved to St. Peter in 1970 because of Gene's Employment with the St. Peter School System. Shortly thereafter, Bonnie started at the Mankato Clinic as a Medical Technologist. She was frequently requested by patients because of her skills in phlebotomy. It was said she had the "magic finger" for finding the vein. She was employed there for 25 years before retiring.
Both Bonnie and Gene's sons chose military careers/ Because of this, they did extensive traveling in their retirement years. They visited and traveled to 22 different countries. She spent her last years at Grandview Good Samaritan Center, affected with Parkinson 's disease.
Bonnie is survived by her husband: Gene; sons: Steve (An) and Mark (Gabriella), grandchildren: Raina and Rebekah; brother: Butch (Pam) Bartelt; and brother-in-law Terry (Debra) Roemhildt. She was preceded in death by a brother Holland and his wife Margaret.