LaVonne J. “Bonnie” Ferguson

LaVonne J. “Bonnie” Ferguson, age 68 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on February 28, 2020 at Sunnycrest Manor in Dubuque.  To honor Bonnie’s life, her Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Steeple Square, 101 East 15th Street in Dubuque.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Dianne Christopher officiating.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bonnie’s family.


Bonnie was born on November 11, 1951, in Dubuque, a daughter to Norman C. and Janet A. (Oakley) Gerstkamp.  She decided at an early age that she wanted to devote her life to helping others and that mission could definitely be completed as a Registered Nurse.  She started her career at Finley Hospital and closed it at Mercy Hospital, when the health issues related to her advanced Multiple Sclerosis made retirement a necessity.  Bonnie chose to build her life with James P. “Jim” Ferguson, and the two of them were united in marriage on August 2, 1975 and blessed with two children to raise and nurture.  Her devotion to her family was uncompromising and her commitment to loving them whole-heartedly was unceasing, even from her bedside. She was always happy to offer her advice and cared very deeply about the well-being of those she loved.


Bonnie loved to dance when she was still able and any opportunity to cut loose was always a welcomed one.  She also enjoyed a little quiet time in her days and her favorite activity was sitting outside reading a sci-fi or romance novel.  Bonnie also enjoyed watching the birds play on their feeders year-round, but during the Christmas season, you would surely find her eyes glued to the Hallmark Channel.  Bonnie was as kind and sweet as they come, but she wasn’t shy in letting you know if you got on her bad side; her patience enduring, her compassion endless, her wit was as quick as they come. She discovered immense satisfaction in helping others in her earlier years, only to discover in her later years, that the simple capacity to accept that same help from others was going to be essential. Her heart had more love to give than we had ever realized and the inspiration and memories she now leaves behind will continue to spill over into the legacy she was faithfully building over her 68 year journey. We find ourselves holding broken hearts today as Bonnie has been called home now, but we know that she is finally free from her earthly burdens and thankfully we’ll have another chance to hear her tender voice once again in perfect glory. Thank you Bonnie, for showing us how to live with the crosses we must bear, and may peace be yours until we meet again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bonnie include,


her loving husband,

James “Jim” Ferguson, Dubuque, Iowa;


her adored children,

Carrie (Aaron) Pozdol, Cedar Rapids, Iowa,

and Matthew (Diana) Ferguson, Dubuque, Iowa;


her grandchildren,

Ava Pozdol and Charles Pozdol;


her sister,

Norma (Sam) Sanchez, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with numerous extended family, friends and neighbors.


Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Gerstkamp in infancy.


In lieu of flowers, a LaVonne J. “Bonnie” Ferguson memorial fund has been established.


Bonnie’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Sunnycrest and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the compassionate and comforting care they have provided to Bonnie, and her family.  It’s angels like you who make it possible for our broken hearts to find peace as we say farewell for now to our own angel.  May God bless all of you for your kindness and ministry in serving and helping others!


Online condolences may be shared with Bonnie’s family at

Celebration of Life

Steeple Square
101 East 15th Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
March 15th, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Memorial Service

Steeple Square
101 East 15th Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
March 15th, 2020 at 2:00 PM

6 comments on “LaVonne J. “Bonnie” Ferguson
  1. Barb Lewis (Bobbie) says:

    Norma and family, so sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing but seek solace in the fact that her trials and pain have ended.
    Since hearing the news memories have come flooding back. From summer days at your Center Grove house, Christmas visits at each other’s houses and recess at St. Joseph. Times were simpler and happy.
    Prayers for you, Norma and Sam; Jim, Carrie and Matt.
    Barb and Mike Lewis

  2. Mary Park says:

    Norma and family,
    I will truly cherish my memories of Bonnie, from the early years when Norma and our gang snuck out to the bars and she ‘snitched’ on us 😁 to the many years I worked with her at a Mercy. Her kindness and compassion to her patients, co-workers and friends was always evident.
    Bonnie, you definitely earned your wings. Rest In Peace my friend.

  3. Ruth Bailey says:

    Sending my sincere sympathy to the Ferguson family. I worked with Bonnie at Mercy. She was a very dedicated nurse and enjoyed serving others. Her wit and humor will be missed.

  4. Marylou Dement says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I had the privilege of working with her in Employee Health at Mercy and she was a true joy as a coworker. We had lots of laughs together and shared a love of reading. We had many animated discussions about the books we read. Heaven gained an angel and your family has my deepest condolences.

  5. Jeff Liddle says:

    Jim, and family,
    We are sorry to hearing of the passing of Bonnie.
    Our condolences go out to your family.
    Jeff & Ann Liddle

  6. Roxanne Ryan Schnee says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bonnie. Bonnie & I went to grade school together and were in Scouts together. Plus, going to her house all the time. A very dear friend… When I saw her picture that’s how I remember her with that beautiful smile and her kindness. You couldn’t of said it any better… My thoughts and prayers to you all. I’ll always treasure her wonderful friendship. Much Love, Roxanne

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