Yvonne "Bonnie" Gillispie

  • Funeral Date: 10/03/16
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 am
  • Date of Birth: 7/13/41
  • Date of Death: 9/28/16
  • Funeral Location: Northfield United Methodist Church

Bonnie Gillispie, age 75 of Northfield, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis following a brief illness. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Monday, October 3rd at the Northfield United Methodist Church with burial at the Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-5:00 pm Sunday at the Bierman Funeral Home and at the Church on Monday 1 hour prior to Services.

Yvonne “Bonnie” (Pinc) Gillispie was born July 13, 1941 in Northfield, daughter of Frank and Janet (Frame) Pinc. She was raised in Northfield, graduating from Northfield Senior High School in 1959. Bonnie met Russell Arlen Gillispie of Randolph at a dance at the Northfield Armory in 1958. They became high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on June 18, 1960 at the Northfield Methodist Church.

They made their home in Northfield where they raised their two daughters. Besides being a mother, she worked for many years at Space Data in Northfield and then at Hardee’s Restaurant prior to retirement. As the girls were growing up they, and Bonnie spent a lot of time riding their horses and going to horse shows at the Rainbow Saddle Club and to 4H horse shows. They spent weekends during the summer at Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls with their camper and water skiing with the grandkids, family time Bonnie really enjoyed.
Bonnie was an excellent cook and baker and always had something delicious ready whenever the grandkids or friends stopped by. She loved the outdoors and was busy in the spring planting flowers and taking care of her tulips. She enjoyed playing cards, having coffee at McDonalds with friends, going to the Casino for pull tabs and the snack bar, attending all the grandkid’s sporting events, and going to Elko Speedway to watch her son-in-law race. And for the last 13 years they spent winters in Texas with their 5th wheel camper. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and always had a smile for everyone.

Bonnie is survived by husband Russell; daughters Dawn (David) Parrott of Northfield, Debbie (Fran) Haan of Northfield; sister Jane (Jim) Hanson of Northfield; grandchildren Darrin Parrott and friend Anna, Dustin Parrott and friend Sarah, Daniel (Laura) Parrott and Tony Haan, and great granddaughter Emerson Parrott. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Sharon Briggs; brother Dwain Pinc; and grandson Travis Haan.


  1. Janice Schumacher

    I remember Bonnie with a bright smile and lots of laughter when they came to visit my parents, Cyril and Esther Schumacher. Bonnies laugh was infectious and she always had joy for life. My thoughts and prayers to Russell and girls.
    Hearts and flowers with rest to her soul.
    Janice Schumacher

  2. Sally and Les Tacey

    Bonnie and Russ were great neighbors of ours down in Texas and will be missed. Les and Sally Tacey

  3. Debbie I’m so sorry to see your mother passed away.
    I remember her with her infectious smile and being so proud of her family.
    I’ll keep you and your family my prayers.
    Richard and Sharon Bengen

  4. Harold &Janice VanBooven

    Russ & Family,
    We met Russ and Bonnie in Texas, they came about the same time we did. They were our neighbors behind us, can’t count the times we sat out in the shade and visited, really enjoyed those times.
    Was counting on doing that again this year. We will do that Russ if you make it down. Will miss Bonnie very much.
    Good friends , hopefully Harold & Harold VanBooven

  5. Lily Hemiller

    I’m sorry for your loss! Bonnie was such an amazing person. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Lily Hemiller (Bob and Wendy Appelgren’s daughter)

  6. Jerry and Pearl Hilkemeyer

    Russ and family, So sorry for your loss. She was a fine lady and we were proud to call her a good friend. We will miss her smile and laughter. You have countless memories of her and that will comfort you in your time of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in you hour of need and the coming months. We will miss her but we will remember how she brightened our lives for a little while.