Bonnie Marie Schmidt, 89, passed away on May 16, 2022 in Marion, Iowa. She was born on February 18, 1933 to George and Lillie Hagen in Grinnell, Iowa, where she grew up. Bonnie graduated from Grinnell High School in 1951 and Grinnell College in 1955.
During the fall of 1955, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she enjoyed teaching in the public school system for eight years. She had many fond memories of being a third-grade teacher at Arthur Elementary School. Later, she met the love of her life, Gene Schmidt. On September 15, 1962, they were happily married at First Congregational Church in Grinnell, Iowa. They had two children, Mark and Jennifer.
Bonnie was a member of Christ Episcopal Church (previously St. Michael’s) in Cedar Rapids and a member of Chapter DK in P.E.O. She enjoyed being a member of various educational organizations for many years. She loved spending time with her family and following her three grandchildren’s exciting adventures. If you ask family and friends what they loved most about Bonnie, you are sure to hear them say she was one of the most patient, kind, and gracious people that they had ever known. She will be missed dearly and will forever hold a precious place in so many hearts.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Gene Schmidt of Marion, Iowa; two children, Mark (Terri) Schmidt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Jennifer (Blair) Johnston of Waukee, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Bridget, Jaron, and Jackie Johnston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillie Hagen; one sister, Violet Ryan; and one brother, Arnold Hagen.
At the family’s request, there will be a private inurnment service with only immediate family in attendance. Memorials in Bonnie’s memory can be made to the Cedar Rapids Community Schools Foundation.