Bonnie Burkman

KINGSFORD – Bonnie L. Burkman, 69, of Kingsford, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1943, in Iron Mountain, the daughter of the late Elvir Carlson and Geneva (Fronsee) Carlson Samson.

Bonnie graduated from Channing High School in 1961. She married Bruce Burkman on July 22, 1961.

Bonnie enjoyed knitting, sewing, cooking, baking and going to the casino. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Her granddaughter Ashley was her pride and joy. Bonnie was an avid sports fan, cheering for the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team and for the Detroit Tigers.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bruce of Kingsford; one son, Craig (Karen) Burkman of Granite Bluff; one granddaughter, Ashley Burkman of Granite Bluff; one brother, John (Karyn) Carlson of Granite Bluff; two sisters, Janice Martinson of Merriman and Kathy Carlson of Iron Mountain; one brother-in-law, Vernon Burkman of Yuma, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Burkman of Milwaukee; a special friend, Sheila Hammerberg of Kingsford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Carlson; her stepfather, Clyde Samson; and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Visitation will be on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. James Danielson will officiate. Burial will be in the Foster City Cemetery.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.