Obituaries: Bonnie Jo Speer

OTTUMWA – Bonnie Jo Speer, 72, of Ottumwa died at 1:35 a.m. November 6, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

She was born October 13, 1946 in Ottumwa to Wayne and Maxine Elizabeth Swanson Holder.  She married Greg E. Speer January 29, 1977.

A graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1964, she attended Warrensburg College and Ottumwa Heights.  Bonnie worked at Russell Motes Flowers, Arlan’s, Target and Everco before staying home as a wife and mother.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church.

Surviving is her husband, Greg; a daughter, Kari (Robert) Votava of Roselle, IL; a son, Thomas Matthew (Georgia) Speer of Niles, IL; a granddaughter, Aphrodite and a grandson due in 6 weeks; her father, Wayne Holder of Ottumwa; a sister, Cindy (Ted) Latos of Ottumwa; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Her body has been cremated. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church with Rev. Mark Johnson officiating.  Inurnment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

A time of visitation to greet family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church.