Bonnie S. Karnes, 72

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bonnie S. Karnes, 72

Bonnie S. Karnes, 72, of Austin, Minnesota died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, surrounded by her family at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester.

Bonnie Sharon Rosenthal was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Austin, the daughter of Raymond Gorman and Atola Olive “Donna” (Milkes) Rosenthal. Bonnie grew up in Austin, graduating from Austin High School in 1964. On April 24, 1965, she married the love of her life, Frank A. Karnes, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. The couple did not waste anytime starting a family of their own. Bonnie wanted nothing more than to be a mother and a grandmother, and those closest to her would say nobody was better. She loved all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. To her, there was nothing more important in her life and everything she did revolved around them. Bonnie loved playing bingo, going out to eat and going to the casino. She was a very active, social, spunky person whose smile was contagious. Spending time with her family was what made her happy. Rarely did she go a day without talking to one of her kids or grandkids; she was always there to help. Bonnie had many jobs throughout her life, and most were jobs where she could spend her day taking care of and helping other people. Taking care of people was what she did best, whether they were family or not. Bonnie was a mother to many. Frank died on May 3, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Frank Karnes Jr. of Austin, Debra (Joe) Kirsch of Glenville, Minnesota, Michael (Michelle) Karnes and Matthew (Trisha) Karnes, all of Austin, and Jessica (Nathan) Wilhelmi of Rochester, Minnesota; fifteen grandchildren, Nathan Helland, Amber (Nicholaus) Schreppel, Paige Forsman, Gabrielle Bauer, Jacob (Raquel) Kirsch, Thomas Kirsch, Christian Karnes, Collin Karnes, Courtney Karnes, Chloe Karnes, Lilly Karnes, Isaac VanRavenhorst, Madison VanRavenhorst, Hannah VanRavenhorst and Ryan Wilhelmi; great-grandchildren, Hendrix and McKinley Schreppel; a sister, Marlene (Gene) Seavey of Austin; special friend, Cindy Lacanne; step-grandchildren, Zachary and Isabelle Wilhelmi; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; a son, Christopher, in infancy; her daughter, Susan Forsman; and grandson, Andrew Karnes, in infancy.

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A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Raul Silva as celebrant. Interment will follow the service at Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at