LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort

LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort

BATTLE CREEK – Services for LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort, 90, of Battle Creek will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. The Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Battle Creek.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020, at First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are strongly encouraged, and social distancing rules will apply. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Battle Creek is in charge of arrangements.
She died July 19, 2020, at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek.
LaVohn Alice “Bonnie” (Sales) Tietsort, daughter of Louis Arthur and Margaret Carolina (Rief) Sales was born Aug. 10, 1929. She grew up on the island between Onawa and Decatur, Neb., until the age of 11. Then, her family relocated to Woodbine and then to a farm south of Battle Creek.

Bonnie met the love of her life, Lyle Raymond “Dutch” Tietsort, and the couple married Jan. 17, 1947, at Aunt Nellie’s house in Omaha, Neb.
They farmed around the Woodbine, Ida Grove and Salix areas before moving to California in 1955. While there, Bonnie kept herself busy, raising her children and selling Avon.
They relocated back to the Woodbine area in 1958, where they farmed, until they bought their own farm in 1962, south of Battle Creek.

In 1992, Bonnie took over the store known as Next to New that her two daughters had started. All of their wonderful customers remember the store in Ida Grove and Bonnie’s friendly face peeking from behind the counter.

This store made many families’ lives easier, offering slightly used furniture and clothing. Not only did it help the residents of Ida Grove and surrounding areas, but Bonnie’s family made many fond memories.

From attending auctions, taking consignments, to a trip out to eat after a long day, Bonnie continued operating Next to New until she retired and closed its doors.
After 61 years together, Dutch died in 2008. The farm got quiet and Bonnie looked forward to her dear friend, Irene Van Houten, coming out to take the girls to the casino. These two remained steadfast friends until Irene’s death in 2017.

In her younger years, Bonnie enjoyed square dancing with Dutch, and they were members of the Danbury Dancers for many years. An accomplished seamstress, Bonnie handmade many of the couple’s matching square dancing outfits.
She also liked camping, road trips, tending to flowers, playing cards, sewing, making fleece blankets, bundling garden produce and watching her favorite T.V. shows: Baggage, Family Feud and Days of Our Lives.

Bonnie was her grandchildren’s biggest fan. She relished attending all of their activities and continued to enjoy attending her great-grandchildren’s activities, when she was able.
Family was everything to Bonnie, and she loved a full house. She would throw together a big pot of noodles and a chocolate cake, and put the coffee pot on, in no time, if she heard word that company would be stopping in.

Oh, don’t forget those coffee tins full of oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies and warm buns, straight from the oven.

Bonnie was proof that true, unconditional love, compassion and devoted friendship could come in small sizes. She always used to kid around by saying, “I just a little old lady.” Well, little old lady, you will be dearly missed.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Lyle (Sue) Tietsort Jr. of Irwin; Beverly (Al) Loof of Jefferson, S.D; Kenny (Sherry) Tietsort of Battle Creek and Debbie (Doug) Van Houten of Battle Creek.

Also surviving are 13 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; a brother, Lou Dale Sales of Battle Creek; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and a host of friends.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Margaret Sales; her husband, Lyle “Dutch” Tietsort; four sisters: Waunitta (Ormand “Shot”) Kinning, Kathern “Katie” Kessler, Ina (Duane) Maxwell and Margaret “Midge” (Harold) Austin; a brother, Kenneth Sales; and a nephew, Butch Kinning.

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