Bonnie Jean Kirsch passed away peacefully on December 29, 2019 after a brief illness surrounded by her loved ones. She was born August 9, 1932 in Polson, MT and graduated from Polson High School in 1950.
She moved to Colorado and worked there 2 years before coming back home. She then worked 2 years at J.C. Penny’s in Polson and then 16 years at Ronan State Bank. She was an avid bowler and held records at Lucky Strikes Lane in Ronan.
Bonnie married Adam G. Kirsch on December 29, 1954. They were married 65 years and are dancing together once again on their wedding date. They lived in Oakland, CA for 2 years prior to moving back to the Bonada Ranch in Ronan to raise cattle and horses. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish, Altar Society, Treasurer of the Lake County Cancer Drive, Ronan Range Riders, Ronan Jaycee’s, Ronan Bowling Association, Garden of the Rockies Museum, Ninepipes Museum, Hospital Guild and Bread Basket.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Adam G. Kirsch, her parents Earn and Bess (Van Hoy) Hoyt, her siblings Merrill, Edward and Elma Hodge, granddaughter Kaylynn, niece Lillian (Hodge) Jones, son-in-law Wes Johnson and treasured friend LaVerne McGreevey.
She is survived by her daughter Gina (Fred Reimers) Johnson and son Kevin (Dana) Kirsch. Grandchildren: Josh (Tara) Starkel, Jake (Tyanna) Starkel, Kyla and Kindra Kirsch, Christian and Declan Avison, Tammy (Wes) Barr and Shon (Cathy) Johnson; 8 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her treasured friends Rick and Jeanne Tameler, Rosie McBurney, Linda Jefferies, Dellie Finkbeiner, Adam’s cat Fireball and her dog Bubba.
Bonnie valued her family and friends, always putting them first. She will always be remembered for her March Madness craze, (go Gonzaga), scrapbooking, flowers, gardening (especially proud of the Asparagus patch from 1957) and devotion to Young and the Restless. We love and miss you, Roanie!
A memorial mass for Bonnie will be celebrated on Friday, January 10, 2019 at Sacred Heart Parish in Ronan at 11 am. A time to share stories and memories will follow with a luncheon after the service. In lieu of flowers she has requested memorials for Bread Basket, Garden of the Rockies Museum, Ninepipes Museum and Lake County Cancer Society.