Bonita Boettger

NEW ULM – Bonita Boettger, 81, of New Ulm died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 13, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. The Christian Mother’s Society will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for her family go to

Bonita is survived by her daughter, Kay (Joel) Steffl of New Ulm; son, Keith Boettger of New Ulm; granddaughters, Vanessa Steffl (special friend Jon Mack) of Mankato, Valerie Steffl (fiance Tristin Hsu) of St. Paul; sisters, Carol (William) Huelskamp of New Ulm, Evie (Vic) Anderson of Fairmont; brother, Howard (Sharon) Zins of New Ulm; brother-in-law, Curt (Joleen) Boettger of Rochester; and by nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald Boettger on January 30, 1981; and grandson, Jared Steffl.

Bonita Rose Zins was born on January 25, 1932 in Swan Lake Township, Nicollet County to Martin and Viola (Sondag) Zins. She graduated from New Ulm High School. On October 13, 1953, Bonita was united in marriage to Gerald Boettger at the Church of the Visitation, Swan Lake. Bonita was a farm wife but also held many other part time jobs throughout her life. She worked for many years at Kmart in New Ulm, where she was awarded employee of the year. Bonita enjoyed dancing, playing cards, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm and the Christian Mother’s Society. Memorials are preferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm or the New Ulm Hospice.

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