Yvonne ‘Bonnie’ Reistad passed away Thursday, October 15th in Mesa Arizona at the age of 74. She was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, on November 14th, 1945, and lived on the family farm in Columbus, ND while growing up. After she graduated, she moved to California where she became a United States citizen. She later moved back to Columbus ND, where she met and married Mark Reistad, raising their family and working various jobs around the area, such as teaching baton twirling and working at the café, all while working their farm. She lived in Columbus until retirement, at which time she moved to Mesa, AZ, enjoying fun and friends at Val Vista Village. She will be missed for her bright smile and youthful energy, especially on the dance floor. She was the life of the party no matter where she went.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; father and mother Charles and Ann Darras; brother, Dale Darras; a niece, Tammy Hoff; and a nephew, John Starrett. She leaves behind a sister, Dianne Starrett of Chandler, AZ; a brother, Gary Darras of Bismark, ND; 2 sons, Bill Steffen of Paducah, KY, and Robert Steffen of Minot, ND; 3 stepchildren, Russell Reistad of Carthage, TX, Cheryl Milne of Westminster, CO, and Ryan Reistad of McGregor ND; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held for her at Bunker Family Funeral and Cremation on Saturday, November 7th, at 11 am. Loved ones can come an hour early to pay their respects to the family. Other arrangements have not been finalized at this time. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Lung Association in her honor. For more information, go to www.bunkerfuneral.com.