April 27, 2023

Bonnie Jean Raastad

Bonnie Raastad was called home on April 25, 2023 at the age of 73.

Bonnie Jean Nitsch was born February 14, 1950 in McCook Nebraska to Deloris (West) and Arvene Nitsch.

She was the only daughter of four children.

Bonnie met Carl Raastad at the age of 15 and united in marriage December 7, 1967.   This true and loving bond continued for 56 years.  Carl joined the army in August 1966 which led them on an amazing adventure where they lived in several places. They eventually settled in Lincoln, NE., the place she called Home.

During this incredible journey they welcomed four children to this loving union.  Jeffery, Eric, Dustin, and Kapricia. Family was the most important focus in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, her children, Jeff (Janice) of Manhattan Kansas, Eric (Melisa) of Lincoln Ne., Dustin (Krista) of Lincoln Ne., and Kapricia of Lincoln, Ne.  From her children came her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren: Dylen, Rebecca (Josh); Grayson, Colton (Nichole); Ryker, Lane, Brielle (Trent); Cohen & Bexleigh, Chandler (Christian); River, Lainey Carter, Jazmine (David); Hayes, Olowan, Mckenzy and Logan. Her brother Clayton Nitsch, along with several nieces and nephews that she cherished whole-heartedly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents; Truman & Nellie West, and two brothers, Gary Nitsch and Kirk Meyer.

Bonnie’s celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2023, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation.


  1. My sincerest condolences to the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. This woman was the strongest little MOM that anyone could have. She was the epitome of Tim McGraw’s song “live like you were dying.” She lived every day to the fullest and loved family and friends greatly.

    She had a great love for animals and always had pets in her home. Even taking in her mom’s bird Bandit when the need arose. That crazy bird drove us all wild.

    Mom you will be missed dearly and we all will never forget the wonderful times you provided us with.

    Love and miss you already.

    Your oldest son Jeffery Len Raastad.


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