Bonita Jane “Mitch” Robinson, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa, with loved ones near.
Funeral was Monday, Nov. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning with the Rev. Robert Riggert officiating. Steven Linn was vocalist and pianist. Casket bearers were Dan Kerkhoff, Don Vonnahme, Ron Soll, Barry Branson, Todd Stadtlander and Dr. Bob Vonnahme. Interment following cremation will be at Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements.
A mother, daughter, sister and friend to anyone who met her. Full of life. A wonderful teacher. Bonita Jane Robinson, daughter of Henry and Lydia (Rein) Buckhammer, was born Aug. 7, 1943, in Bayard, Nebraska. She was better known as Mitch, a name given to her by her older sister, Sharon. She couldn’t pronounce Bonita, so she called her BaMitch and it stuck. She was raised in Bayard, Nebraska, with her three sisters.
She graduated from Bayard High School with the Class of 1961. She went on to attend Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska, where she earned her B.A. in education in 1965. It was at Kearney State that two of her passions began to grow — one for teaching and one for a handsome young man. Little did she know that when she met Scott H. Robinson for the first time, she’d met her partner for life. They were married on Aug. 6, 1966, in her hometown of Bayard.
Scott and Mitch left Nebraska for the hills of western Iowa where they’d begin not only their married life but their teaching careers. Manning Community Schools and more importantly, Manning became home for many decades. It was here they welcomed two children, Tiffany and Matthew. After retirement, they also called Surprise, Arizona, home. During the cold Iowa winters, warm sunshine, rounds of golf and time by the pool made the winters pass more quickly.
In her 33-year career as an English teacher, Mitch had a passion for teaching children and helping them reach their full potential. She loved her career, and her students loved her.
Mitch never met a stranger. She was always up for an adventure whether that was a ride on a motorcycle with her son-in-law, Jeff, or a trip around Jack Trice Stadium collecting garbage after an afternoon of tailgating. Parties, a cold drink, Nebraska football, music and singing, books, holidays, laughter, travel — all things Mitch. She always opened her home to friends and family alike hosting holiday parties and tailgaters for many years.
Mitch is survived by her daughter, Tiffany Carson, and her husband, Jeff, of Grundy Center; sisters Vonnie Schmunk of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Sharon Hoffman of Lincoln, Nebraska; brother-in-law Eph Ehly of Shawnee, Kansas; sister-in-law Judy Blevins of Kearney, Nebraska; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Scott Robinson, on Jan. 31, 2018; son, Matthew Robinson; sister Jan Ehly; and brothers-in-law Alex Schmunk and Jack Robinson.