Bonnie Rausch from Temecula, California, passed away peacefully Nov. 9, at age 88. She was born Bonita Louise Catherine Nelson on May 26, 1934, in Carroll, Iowa, to Knute and Frances Nelson, who preceded her death along with an older half sister, Norma Jean Nelson. She has six surviving siblings: Larry, Paul, Karen, Jane, Tom and Teresa. Bonnie was previously married to Robert Wilson, who preceded her death in 2013. Their surviving children are Mark, Kathryn, Jane, Robert and Theodore. In 1988, Bonnie married Curtis (Dean) Rausch, who passed away tragically in 1989. There are eight surviving children from Bonnie’s marriage to Dean who are from Dean’s previous marriage. Bonnie was grandmother to 12 children and great-grandmother to nine children.
Growing up in Carroll, Bonnie would help care for her siblings and would develop sewing skills while working in the family’s upholstery business, Nelson Upholstery. She was raised in the Catholic faith and graduated from a parochial school, St. Angela Academy in Carroll. Upon graduation she was encouraged to seek higher education. She would pay her own way to attend the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, and then graduated with a two-year degree in education. In the late 1950s Bonnie made a difficult decision to leave Carroll and move to Southern California. She moved to the Long Beach area and became an elementary school teacher in Norwalk. After meeting and marrying Robert Wilson in Long Beach, Bonnie would leave her teaching career to focus on motherhood, homemaking, and raising her children in the Garden Grove, California, area.
Prior to residing in Temecula, Bonnie enjoyed beach living in the San Clemente area and made many friends there. She loved to deep-sea fish and was an active member with the Lady Anglers fishing club. She enjoyed cycling with friends and was a regular downhill snow skier. Patchwork quilting was also a hobby that she enjoyed with a quilting group based in San Juan Capistrano. She gifted and shared with family and friends many of the quilts she made along with clothing, table runners, and wall hangings that she expertly sewed over the years. Bonnie’s family will always remember her for her adventurous spirit, kindness, thoughtfulness, and devotion to her Catholic faith.
Services for Bonnie will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at St. Martha Catholic Church in Murrieta. To send condolences in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation, can be made in her name at parkinsons.org. Another donation option would be to a charity that organizes fishing trips for disadvantaged, physically challenged, and at-risk children who may not have opportunities to see or experience the ocean and fishing at captainrollos.com.