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Avery J. Bonstead 1932-2011

Aug 9, 2011

GRAETTINGER — A Mass of Christian Burial for Avery Bonstead of Graettinger was held Monday, Aug. 8, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger.

Burial was in St. Jacobs Cemetery. The Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger is in charge of arrangements.

Avery Julius Bonstead was born Jan. 2, 1932, on a farm in Lost Island Township. He was the son of Anton and Inga (Paulsen) Bonstead. He attended Lost Island Center School, and he was a 1950 graduate of Graettinger High School. Following his education, Avery entered the United States Army where he was stationed in Japan.

Following his service, Avery returned to Graettinger and he was united in marriage to Clara Mae Schealler at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. The couple made their home in Graettinger where they raised their son, Brian.

Avery worked at the Heidecker DX Station before joining Thoreson’s Hardware. In 1961, he purchased Erickson Hardware which later became Graettinger Hardware. Avery began Bonstead Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning where he sold Maytag appliances in the late 1960’s, and in 1980, his son, Brian, joined the business.

Avery was a faithful member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a 60 year member of the Graettinger American Legion Post 162, and a life member of V.F.W. Post 3388 of Estherville. Avery was very involved in the Graettinger community. He served on the Graettinger City Council, he was past president of the Graettinger Business Club and he spent 26 years on the Graettinger Fire Department. Avery and Clara Mae also served as Grand Marshalls for the 2006 Labor Day Celebration.

Avery enjoyed golfing, collecting toy tractors, spending time with friends and neighbors and he loved helping Brian at the Hillcrest.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, Avery passed away at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville at age 79.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Clara Mae of Graettinger; a brother, Leonard and wife, Eadie of Fairmont, MN; brother-in-law, Francis Schealler and wife, Doris of Graettinger; many nieces and nephews; a special niece, Shirley Nelson and special family friend, Pam Wegener.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian; two brothers, Gerald and Arthur; sister, Mamie Roseboro; infant sister, Lillian; and his mother and father-in-law, Albert and Genevieve Schealler.

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