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Bonnie McLaughlin

Bonnie Lee McLaughlin (Koozer)

Thursday, September 11th, 1941 - Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Bonnie Lee McLaughlin, 78, of Alliance, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance. Her funeral service will be held at 10am on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Alliance United Methodist Church. Viewing will be at the church Tuesday morning from 8:30 – 10am. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in Bonnie’s honor be made in care of Pillars for the Park or Alzheimer’s Dementia Association. Online condolences may be made by viewing Bonnie’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Bonnie Lee McLaughlin was born in Alliance, NE on September 11th, 1941 to Raily and Mary (Weaver) Koozer. She was born the 6th of 11 children. She attended country school until the 8th grade when she then transferred to Alliance Public Schools.

Bonnie met the love of her life, Martin McLaughlin, whom she married in Rapid City on May 4th, 1962. Shortly thereafter, they moved to LaVista, NE where they raised 3 children. She worked for Safeway Grocery Stores until they closed in 1983. From there, they briefly lived in Denver, Alliance and then settled in Council Bluffs, IA. where they managed West Fair Fairgrounds and worked with many people who became lifelong friends. They returned to Alliance several years later after Marty was stricken with terminal cancer to be among family. After Marty’s death, Bonnie worked for Daylight Donuts, Alliance Grocery Kart, Good Samaritan, and then ended her working career after becoming a personal care attendant. Bonnie was known for always having a smile on her face and for taking care of those around her.

Bonnie is survived by her children Wayne (Pat) McLaughlin, Shawn (Robert) Shimp, Marty (Terri) McLaughlin. Grandchildren Ashley (Dallas) Korus, Brian (Tricia) Shimp, Desirae McLaughlin, Danielle (Stephen) Driscoll, Seth McLaughlin, Tyler (Kaylee) McLaughlin, Brady (Lynzie) Shimp, Bailey Shimp (Ory Trout), and Brentan Shimp and her great-grandchildren Kenna Driscoll, Keaton Korus, Caden Shimp, Carter Korus, and Kai Driscoll. Siblings Bill Koozer, Betty (Tom) McDonald, Jean Seidler, Alan (Tammy) Koozer, Shirley Sulzbach, Sharon Nollette, Toni Fanning; sisters-in-law Denise Koozer, Rosie McLaughlin, Deanna McLaughlin, Liliann McGuire, and brothers-in-law Jack Lawler, and Gene (Colleen) McLaughlin, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by many friends and loved ones including the amazing nurses and staff at Highland Park Memory Care Unit.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant sister Rose Marie, sister Leota Lawler, brother Raily (Colleen) Koozer; mother and father-in-law Ted & Hazel McLaughlin, brothers-in-law Wilbur Seidler, George Sulzbach, Don Fanning, Ted, Jerry, Dick, Jim, Dave McLaughlin, sisters-in-law Mary Lou (Donal) Fisher, Rose Marie Roach, Sue Martin.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am
    Alliance United Methodist Church
    704 Box Butte Ave
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 10:00am
    Alliance United Methodist Church
    704 Box Butte Ave
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Alliance City Cemetery
    2323 CR 58
    ALLIANCE, NE 69301
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Gladys Criss

Posted at 05:49pm
Wayne, Shawn, and Marty.
Your mom, Bonnie, was such a sweet lady. I will surely miss her. God bless all of you . You are in my prayers
Sincerely, Gladys Criss

Arleen Fisher Johnson

Posted at 05:36pm
Aunt Bonnie was a very special lady. She will be greatly missed by many of us!!! May all of the families find peace and comfort to help with things to come! Hugs from TX! Arleen (Fisher) and Bud Johnson

Paulette Johnson

Posted at 03:14pm
Wayne and family. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Bonnie was such a sweet person, and willing to help anyone. Prayers for peace and comfort to the family.

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Posted at 08:25am
With loving memories of Bonnie. We are sorry for your loss and we send thoughts of comfort during this difficult time.
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Pam `n Gerald Kepler

Posted at 12:01am
Thoughts, prayers and love to the family of Bonnie and all of the Koozer families. Many wonderful memories of Bonnie!! Love to you all. Pam (Woods) Kepler

Margie Moss Posted at 11:16pm

Wayne and Pat My deepest heart filled sympathy in the loss of Bonnie. She was an amazing woman. She loved and cared about everyone she knew. I worked with Bonnie and she shared a lot. Wayne she loved you dearly and beyond. RIP Bonnie watch over us. You will be sadly missed by many.

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