Bonnie graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1947. On June 12, 1948, she married George Retkovske. Bonnie was a loving homemaker for her three daughters who resided in Traverse City, MI. Bonnie and her family enjoyed spending summers at the Rennie Lake Wilderness Resort, which her parents built and owned. Bonnie provided her children with many fond memories at Rennie Lake and later passed the memories down to her grandchildren. She was an active volunteer at her family’s church, teaching Sunday School to the children. She also volunteered at the Traverse City Hospital. She enjoyed bowling on a league with her husband, George.
Bonnie later moved back to Battle Creek, and on June 13,1975, she was married to Oliver “Sid” Ticer. She enjoyed traveling with her husband. She volunteered her time tutoring kids at the local school. She was an active member of the of the Battle Creek VFW Auxiliary. She remained in Battle Creek for over 25 years.
Bonnie’s favorite colors were pale yellow and pink. She enjoyed dancing and playing the organ. She enjoyed playing bingo, board games, reading romance and mystery novels and loved country music. She was a collector of butterflies, cats, paper dolls, Shirley Temple and Elvis Presley memorabilia.
Bonnie was a gentle, kind, loving women who touched so many people’s hearts. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also had a deep love for her cats. Bonnie was a precious member of All Nations Christian Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Neil and Viola Bignell; husbands, George Retkovske and Oliver “Sid” Ticer; and grandson, Justin Williams. Bonnie leaves to cherish her memory, daughters, Deborah Marshall, Yvonne Kelley, and Pamela Cowley; her grandchildren, Tawny Williams, Anthony Marshall and Yvonne Tate; her great-grandchildren, Justin Williams, Tamika Erickson, Teagan Davis, Kobe Jackson, Dontell Davis, Phoenix Harp and Quinten Brown and many cousins.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at All Nations Christian Church, 1205 E. Saginaw Street in Lansing. Contributions may made to Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Bonnie. Friends and family may visit the guest book estesleadley.com.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life . For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there were only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during my most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you the most you would leave me.”
The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”