Bonnie Stover was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. She lived a life of gratitude with unconditional love for all those she encountered. She gave selflessly to others, was a constant beacon of positivity, and a light for all those that needed it. She was passionate about photography and could often be found behind the camera at gatherings. She had a way of capturing the joy around her, and always found the best in every moment. When she wasn’t with family, friends, or giving back to her community you could find her tending her garden. Bonnie Lynn Stover, 59, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died in a tragic unexpected accident on November 12, 2023.
Bonnie was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1964 to Terry and Diane Anding, and grew up a “Navy brat” traveling all over the world before her family settled in Iowa. After graduating from Highland School District, Bonnie attended Hawkeye Tech to pursue her passion of photography. Bonnie was highly sought after as a family and wedding photographer, as the beauty she was able to find in each and every individual was reflected in her images. She later pursued a career in finance and was branch manager with Linn Area Credit Union. Bonnie met the love of her life, Shawn, at Northern Iowa Area Community College. They were married on October 1st, 1988 at St. Wenceslaus in Iowa City. Bonnie and Shawn started their life together in Faribault, MN but her love to be around family brought her home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In Cedar Rapids, Bonnie and Shawn quickly got involved in their community, service through church, neighborhood get-togethers with their extensive friends group, and Shawn’s local carpenter union as well as the girls' school activities and events. Bonnie was an avid Patriots fan and could be found cheering on games with friends most Sundays after Church.
Bonnie was passionate about giving back to her community and served on various committees. Bonnie served on the board for Gems of Hope, was involved with the MS foundation, Habitat for Humanity Builds, Meals-On-Wheels, The Salvation Army, Teacher School Store, fellowship of Christian athletes (FCA), Young Parents Network (YPN), and Sleep In Heavenly Peace. She was always available to give a helping hand and was a loyal and supportive friend. Bonnie is leaving a legacy of volunteerism, positive messages, thoughtfulness in cards, letters, and photographs, a servant heart and always putting others first. Bonnie was the loving light of our family and she will be deeply missed.
Bonnie was preceded in death by father-in-law (Gary Stover), sister-in-law (Mara Stover), her maternal and paternal grandparents (Lloyd and Hilda Edwards, and Fred and Emily Anding), her cousin (Matt Anding), and Uncles (Tom Anding, Ron Edwards, and Leo Solstad).
Bonnie is survived by husband (Shawn Stover), Daughters; Colette Stover (Aaron Shupert), Molly Stover (Tyler Daubenmier, Charlotte Daubenmier), and Kara Stover (Nick Bjornsen). She was also survived by parents Terry and Diane Anding, and Mother-in-Law (Judy Stover), Sister Tammy Nowicki (Jon Nowicki), Twin Sister Brenda Ulin (Ron Ulin), Brother Mike Anding (Penny Anding), and Brother Tim Anding (Dana Anding). Bonnie was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Visitation is Monday, November 20, 2023 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 11:00 am, with a lunch at the church to follow. A livestream of the service can be view on Tuesday at 11:00 am at https://youtube.com/live/AjLFOSw4mcc
Donations to Gems of Hope would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers and can be made in memory of Bonnie Stover here