Bonnie Critelli

bonnie critelli
Bonnie Rae (French) Critelli 72, of Fargo, ND died Friday, October 2nd, 2015 surrounded by loving family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Bonnie was born in Cass Lake, MN on February 21, 1943 to William D. & Della L. (Hanson) French. She lived a short time in Minneapolis, then moved to Fargo and attended Roosevelt, Ben Franklin schools, graduating from Fargo Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart Jim, on June 24, 1961 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. She worked 20+ years for Hornbachers Express, retiring in 1991. Bonnie enjoyed living on West McDonald Lake for the last 14 yrs., while developing many close friends. She was a fabulous cook, making up her own recipes! She also enjoyed counted cross stitching, making handmade rugs and many other arts and crafts. Jim & Bonnie loved traveling the world. She enjoyed winning and losing to the one arm bandits. She is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Jeralyn R. (Mark) Bistodeau, son Bill (Jeannie) Critelli, grandchildren Kayla, Bryan, Blake, Jim, Emma, great granddaughter Braelyn, and brother Allan D. (Margaret) French. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Larry and great grandson Haiden. The family requests memorials are given to Hospice of the Red River Valley or The Roger Maris Cancer Center.

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  1. Bonnie was a wonderful friend and great lake neighbor. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, especially her lake friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and the family during this time of sorrow and bereavement. We will always remember the great times spend with Jim, Bonnie and family.

  2. My condolences to Jim and kids- my Mom, Lorna, worked wi th Bonnie at Dahl s Super Valu.for years!
    I babysat you 2 kids ALOT when our parents went out togather – many fond memories !!!
    You always had good vinyl albums, we danced alot, played outside and laughed!
    Bonnie s kitchen always smelled like an Italian restaurant to me!! I loved the spices! !!
    Bonnie was such a classy women, and loved to.laugh!!
    Prayers are with you all!

  3. I am sad to hear of the loss of my cousin. I have many found memories of her. My heart goes out to the family.
    Ronnie Hanson Bradbury, Yakima, WA.

  4. REST in peace Bonnie will always remember your beautiful smile and what a great grandmother you were to our grandchildren and how gracious you were to Harold and I when we were at the lake home.

  5. My memories of Bonnie were always a happy scene, stemming all the way back when my parents Leo and Delores would join the Critelli clan on those famous card playing nights and fun days on lake Ida. To Jim, Bill and Jerry, God Bless all of you and your families and know you were surrounded with a very special lady.
    Gary and Claudette Grandbois
    Green Valley Az

  6. Our condolences to the Critelli and French families.We wish you all comfort and peace at this trying time.
    The Yokom’s

  7. It’s been many, many years since I saw Bonnie. however I remember them living up by what was St. Luke’s. My grandmother, Tollie Harding Smith Samberg always liked to stop and visit with Della. My sympathies to the family.

  8. So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. We were friends and classmates.
    Prayers for her family.

  9. Lorna remembers Bonnie fondly.They worked together at Dahls Super Valu in S. Fargo & were friends away from work too. She will be missed.

    Lorna (Jordahl) Johnson.

  10. My memories of Bonnie were also from the holiday get together and the famous card playing nights and fun days on lake Ida or at Middle Cormorant at the Grandbois cabin. Bonnie always found away to make you laugh or smile.To Jim, Bill and Jerry may all of our prayers be with you and all of your families. Bonnie was one great lady.

  11. Jim, family and the French family, So sorry to here of Bonnies passing. I remember (some time ago now)
    Bonnie was always fun to be around. May the fond memories of Bonnie and happy times shared together
    sustain you all. Our thoughts and prays are with you.

    Dave & Donna

  12. Jim and family,
    So sorry to hear the loss of Bonnie. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep the memories close to your heart.

  13. When I think of Bonnie I think of a great lady with a big smile. Visiting with her and the family at the lake ALWAYS included a lot of laughs. Her great sense of humor will be missed by all of us. (Especially her “ladybug” friend.) My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

  14. Jim,
    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I am so sorry for you loss. Bonnie always had a smile on her face at any work function she would be at when I worked at Cole’s. I adored her and you.
    My condolences.

  15. Bill and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mother. After I saw her picture I thought she looked familiar (maybe it was at Hornbachers. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    PS I sure miss you at FedEx.

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