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Bonnie Etta (Baker) Andrist
January 31, 1943 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Bonnie Etta Andrist, age 80, passed away on a frigid Monday afternoon in Deer River, Minnesota. Born and raised in Pine Island, MN on 01/31/1943 by Howard and Loretta Baker, she spent her childhood as the older sister to Charles (Nadine) Baker outside helping on the farm, speaking her mind, and spending time with her horses whenever possible. After her mother died from cancer in 1958, her father remarried and she gained two more half siblings, Jerry and Sandy Baker, both preceding her in death.
After meeting Delmar Andrist in the area, she married on June 16th, 1962 to raise two children, Coral (Richard) Quandt and Wayne Andrist, in Minnesota and Illinois. Delmar and Bonnie lived and worked in Rochester, MN, but after the birth of their daughter Coral they moved to Ely, MN, where their son Wayne was born and Delmar worked for Reserved Mining Co. A working mom her whole life, she earned a living in a myriad of ways, such as making 8 tracks in Illinois, working as a cook in a variety of places, and finally trucking across the country alongside Del all while exploring the Northland waters and spending time with friends and family in their free time. Bon and Del always made time to travel back to Pine Island to spend hazy evenings with the people they loved. When they retired together from JHT Trucking, they moved to the family lakehouse in Inger and she promptly purchased a sparkly, royal purple fishing boat to spend their golden years fishing, playing cards, feeding hummingbirds, and tending to large vegetable and wildflower gardens in the summer months. They made time to bicker all year round, and Bonnie's stubbornness and tenacity will remain legendary to all who knew her.
In the last few years, she lost many of her close family and friends, and it was tough living without Del and her son Wayne for the past decade. Those surviving without her include her daughter Coral (Richard) Quandt; granddaughters Shelby Andrist and Cassidi (Tucker) Marks plus their boys, her great-grandsons Wayne (pictured), Gussie, and one more on the way; brother, Charles (Nadine) Baker and their children Dean Baker and Linda (Mark) Dobie; Delmar's siblings including one brother, Willard (Patti) Andrist and three sisters, Marlys White, Denise (Mark) Robinson, and Charlotte Davidson; and many cousins, friends, and other extended family.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, January 27th at 10am in the United Methodist Church, Deer River, MN, and all who knew and loved her are welcome to attend.