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Bonnie Murray 05/10/2019

Bonnie Murray 05/10/2019

Bonnie Raye Murray (nee Cilek), age 75 of Clear Lake, WI, died on Friday, May 10, 2019 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  She passed away in her home in the arms of family. Bonnie was born the daughter of Ray and Ann (Mehle) Cilek on May 26, 1943 in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul, MN with the class of 1961. That same year, she married Kenneth Wesenberg. During his military service, she and Ken lived in Missouri, Washington D.C., and Germany. Bonnie married Donald Elmore Murray in St. Paul, MN on December 31, 1977. She and Don moved to Amery/Clear Lake, WI to raise their family in the wide-open country. She worked as a bookkeeper and owner of Ecology Products/EP Baler, a recycling and baler manufacturing business started in the mid-80s with her husband Don. Bonnie loved happy-go-lucky gatherings with friends and family where she was renowned for often enjoying her champagne straight from the bottle. In her later years, she took great pride in tending her landscaped yard and orchard. She shared endless laughs with her loved ones and never tired of shenanigans. Bonnie is preceded in death by grandparents; mother, Ann (Mehle) Cilek; father, Ray Cilek; sister Janet Cilek; brother, Fred Cilek; ex-husband, Ken Wesenberg; husband, Don Murray; son, Clint Wesenberg. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn Murray; daughter-in-law, Lynette (Compton Peterson) Wesenberg; grandchildren, Ciara Wesenberg, Christopher Wesenberg, Cayel Wesenberg; step-grandchildren, Ryan Peterson and Amanda Peterson; sister, Jeanne (Cilek) Sherman; and her honorary daughters, Lynn (Marier) Weirauch (niece) and Purdy the cat; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A memorial service was held Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017) with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Janet Converse Posted May 13, 2019 5:25 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bonnie’s passing. I have many fond memories of coming up to your place every summer to help out because she got poison ivy every summer and couldn’t do much with her hands at that time. She was my funny, colorful Aunt who we have not seen enough of recently. I know she enjoyed sitting out on our swing under the tree in our front yard listening to Ben’s tall takes he loved to tell her. She will be missed! Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Susan Cresap Posted May 14, 2019 1:08 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May healing come to comfort you – quietly and gently – with each new day. With love always.

  • Jen Vinton Posted May 14, 2019 7:38 pm

    My heart goes out to Dawn and her family. So difficult to lose a loved one, but especially one’s mom. Bonnie was such a fun, unique person. I loved meeting her and can see where Dawn gets her spark of individualism and quirky humor. Bonnie will be greatly missed. Big hugs

  • Valerie L. Posted May 16, 2019 6:15 pm

    Wonderful to hear about her life and tenacious spirit! I can see where you get a lot of your spunk and humor, Dawn! We are all thinking of you and your family. My deepest condolences to you all!

  • Sarah King (Murray) Posted May 17, 2019 2:07 am

    Just learning auntie Bonnie’s passing I’m so crushed & sad. I will miss her even though it’s been awhile since I have seen her.
    Hugs to all my family stay strong ? . Love & miss you all.
    Say hi to grandpa & grandma Murray and please say hi to my dad (Dennis) & uncle Donny ??

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