Bonnie Jean Opperman

  • Born: March 19, 1932
  • Died: November 12, 2015
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Bonnie Jean Opperman, age 83 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 12, 2015 at her home.

Bonnie was born in Perry, Missouri on March 19, 1932 to James Newton Lowry and Arville Jane Patterson Lowry. She was united in marriage to Henry C. Opperman in Hannibal, Missouri on April 19, 1948.

She enjoyed cooking for her family, canning, and working in her garden. Bonnie always had a house full of grandchildren and neighbor kids that never wanted to leave. Everybody called her grandma.

Bonnie's CB Handle was Crisco for a very good reason. She made the best pies and her chicken & noodles were always a must at all family get togethers. Bonnie was an avid mushroom hunter and looked forward to going every year.

She worked for Richard and Ann Burger, lambing sheep in the winter and cleaning house for Ann. Bonnie never lost her sense of humor throughout her lifetime. One time she jokingly told Richard Burger she was going to have a lamb of her own.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Dixie Opperman of Centerville, Candy (Danny) Ray of Moulton, Timothy (Felicia) Opperman of Cincinnati, and Henry F. Opperman of Centerville; along with ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arville Jane Patterson Lowry and James Newton Lowry; her husband, Henry C. Opperman; a son, Davis R. Opperman; daughter, Sara E. Opperman; a sister, Nancy Summers; grandsons, Russell T. Long and Davis Tyler Opperman.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. A visitation will take place on Saturday at Lange Funeral Home from 10:00-11:30. A memorial has been established to HCI (formerly known as Hospice of Central Iowa) and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hugs and Prayer's to the family during this time of loss

Posted by dennis and patti ray - S.Cedar Valley,Iowa...(or At, IA - brother=in law to Candy Ray   November 19, 2015


Such a special Lady! Bonnie may be gone from our sight, but never from our hearts! Our Deepest Sympathy is with each and everyone of you!

Posted by Marcia and families - IA - Family friend   November 17, 2015

Our condolences to Bonnie's family!!! One of the most honest and open human beings I've ever met. She was the epitome of the Golden Rule, "do unto others... I will miss our conversations!!!

Posted by Jerry Power - Moravia, IA - FRIEND   November 17, 2015

Dixie, Candy, Tim, Curley and families...... Just want you all to know I'm thinking of all of you. If there is anything I can do for any of you just let me know, I'm just a phone call away.

Posted by Donna Dykes - Cincinnati, IA - friend   November 16, 2015

So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. My children and I have good memories of the times we saw her when visiting. She was a great person and I know she will be missed by you all. My prayers and sympathies to you all at this time.

Posted by Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA - friend of family   November 16, 2015


So sorry for the loss. Our thoughts and prays is with the family...

Tony and Lonnie Watts
Centerville Iowa

Posted by Yolanda Mason    November 16, 2015

So sorry of your loss

Posted by Karen Clark - Douds, IA - Friend   November 15, 2015

Love you aunt Bonnie always in are heart .

Posted by sue and mark cabossart - Cincinnati, IA   November 15, 2015

Candy,Tim and families, So sorry for the lost of your Mom.

Posted by Debra Foster - Centerville, IA - friend   November 14, 2015


I didn't get the chance to meet you.... But I love your beautiful granddaughter JILL MARIE LONG and she talked about you all the time.. My heart is breaking for her and the family.. SHE IS MY SISTER ALWAYS.

Posted by Debora Case - Centerville, IA - family friend   November 14, 2015


Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to the family.

Posted by nellie thomas - Centerville, IA - know the family   November 14, 2015

I always remember fondly for her sassy humor and she was the best cook. She always treated me just like one of the family and if you were acting up she would get after you just like one of her own. My heart pours out to Dixie, Candy, Tim and my best bud Curly. She will be missed. Love to all her kin. Denise

Posted by Denise Asbury - Centerville, IA - Close friend family   November 14, 2015