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Bonny  Dunphy
     Bonny (Kirstein) Dunphy, 74, of Gothenburg died Tuesday, April 11, 2017. She was born April 27, 1942 in Neligh, daughter of Everett and Opal (Kraft) Kirstein at her grandparents'' home.
     The family lived at Neligh until moving to Gothenburg in 1958. She graduated from Clarkson School of Nursing with her RN.
     Bonny worked for many years as a registered nurse in hospitals and nursing homes throughout their travels. She later worked as a phlebotomist for the Red Cross.
     Bonny married Thomas Charles Dunphy on Feb. 13, 1965 at Omaha and became an Air Force wife for the next 28 years.
     They lived in Guam, Missouri, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio, Germany, and California before returning to Gothenburg.
     Bonny was a member of the Catholic Church. Her hobbies included painting, crafts, knitting, crocheting, puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Bonny enjoyed attending auctions and going to garage sales.
     The most important of these was spending time with her family.
     Survivors include her husband, Thomas of Gothenburg; sons, Thomas "Tommy" (Charity) Dunphy II of Gothenburg and Darren (Karen) Knoell of Omaha; daughter, Stephanie Rucker of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Jordan Rucker, Cameron Rucker, Avery Dunphy, Bethany Dunphy, Brogan Dunphy, Oliver Knoell, and Chloe Knoell; sisters, Janet Ostendorf of Gothenburg and Alyce (Nick) Schaaf of Emmet; and other family.
     Bonny was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers-in-law, Brian Wagenaar and Richard Ostendorf.
     Memorial services were held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on April 15 with Fr. Michael Pampara officiating.
     Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department or Wounded Warrior Project. To sign the online guest book, go to blasestrauser.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 4/19/2017
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