Bonnie Louise Sedlacek, 68, returned to her Heavenly Father on May 17, 2019.
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Bonnie was born, August 19, 1950 to Ralph and Marjorie Blankenbaker. She grew up in her childhood home out on 66th Street West. She was a country girl who loved being outdoors and playing with her siblings, Alice, Charlie and Donna. Bonnie attended Baseline School (a small country school on the westend of Billings) and Billings West High School. She was involved in 4H, track and the Methodist Youth Group.
After high school, Bonnie moved to Denver to attend school for Fashion Design. While in Denver, she met Rick Sedlacek. The two were married on November 25, 1972. Two years later they began their family; Peter William (1974), Dylan James (1977) and Daniel Michael (1978). Moving between the Sedlacek Farm in Nebraska and Billings, Montana, Bonnie stayed home to raise the boys, doing odd jobs on the side. Once the boys were older, she worked for Montana Silversmiths, real estate, and then later moved into family services and childcare.
Bonnie enjoyed many hobbies including scrapbooking, stained glass work, and photography. She took photography classes and had award-winning photos. She loved camping and being in the mountains.
Bonnie’s most cherished role was being Grandma Bonnie. She was blessed with six wonderful grandchildren; Haley (2002), Miley (2006), Jacob (2006), Grace (2008), Zachary (2010) and Nicole (2012). Bonnie loved being with her grandkids. She planned special play dates and sleepovers with each one. She planned activities and events so the cousins could bond with one another. She held Cousins’ Camp each summer over her birthday, creating memories for the kids. She attended many soccer, football, baseball games; school plays and musical programs; and any event the grandkids were a part of. Grandma Bonnie was always there with a smile on her face, cheering the grandkids on.
On January 28, 2019, Bonnie was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (brain cancer) and had surgery to remove the tumor. We knew this was not a cure but we were able to spend 3 1/2 more months with her. On May 14th, we discovered she had blood clots in her legs, lungs and heart. We decided to bring her home to spend her last days with family. While she was never suffering from pain, we are thankful that she was able to pass before the suffering began.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Blankenbaker, and her sister, Linda. She is survived by her husband, Rick; her sons , Peter (Becca), Dylan (Lindsay), Daniel; her grandchildren, Haley, Miley, Jacob, Grace, Zachary, Nicole; her mother, Marjorie; her siblings, Alice (Richard), Charlie (Barb), Donna (Dan); and many extended family.
We are so blessed to have had Bonnie as our daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She was so kind and loving to all that knew her. She will forever be loved and cherished by her family and grandchildren. We will always remember and love you, Grandma Bonnie! Until we see you again...