Bonita Lorraine (Batien) Wurz

November 13, 1924 ~ October 24, 2020 (age 95)


Thank you to the participants in Bonita's graveside service:

Clergy ~ Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord

Soloist ~ Dale Fiedler

Pallbearers ~ Cully Williams, Jacey Williams, Tana Harrington, Tyra Harrington, Tobin Esser, Burke Williams, Tyler Esser, Conner Swords, Tia Esser


Bonita Lorraine (Batien) Wurz, 95, of Redfield, SD, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield.  Due to Covid-19, the family will be having a private family graveside service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.  Pastor Lorah Houser Jankord will officiate.  The service will be recorded and uploaded to the funeral home website below Bonita’s obituary after the service is complete.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)

Bonita Lorraine Batien was born November 13, 1924, to Carl and Florence (Behrens) Batien in Bryant, SD.  She attended grade and high school at Willow Lake, SD and graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1942.  She graduated from Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, SD, and then worked at Western Surety. 

She married Harold Wurz on January 13, 1944, at Lowry Field Air Base in Denver, CO.  After one month of marriage, her husband was sent overseas, and she continued to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver as secretary for the director of the nursing school.  She moved to Minneapolis, MN and worked in the office for Gross and Kronicks until after the war. 

Bonita and Harold resided in the Doland, SD area and she worked for many years for the South Dakota Benevolent Society and Mutual Life Underwriters in Doland.  They were members of the Doland Methodist Church for nearly 50 years and Bonita was secretary of the church board for many years. 

They moved to Redfield in 1990.  She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Mary Circle, and the Order of the Eastern Star.  Her family was the center of her life and friends and “people” were most important to her.  She enjoyed reading, coffee, and fellowship with friends and playing cards and games.

Survivors are her son Lon (Denise) Wurz of Waddell, AZ; daughter Mary Jo (Skip) Williams of Frankfort, SD; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and niece Sandra (Cliff) Vitters. 

Preceding her in death are her husband in 1997; one grandchild; brothers-in-law Irvin Wurz and Erwin Wipf; and sister-in-law Marion Wipf. 

In lieu of flowers, the family graciously prefers memorials.  

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Private Family Service

Redfield - Greenlawn Cemetery
Highway 281 North
Redfield, SD 57469

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Bonita's private graveside service will be recorded and uploaded here as soon as possible after the service. Unfortunately, we are unable to live-stream from the cemetery.
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