Bonita L. Smetter

March 9, 1947 – Nov. 24, 2020


Bonita Lorene Smetter of Grand Island was born on March 9, 1947, to Bertrun P. and Lorene (Dittmar) Barnes in Seward. She attended Utica High School, graduating in 1966. Bonita worked as a caregiver at Utica Nursing Home for 22 years, retiring in 2004. In her free time, she enjoyed doing crafts and reading. Bonita passed away Nov. 24, 2020, in Grand Island at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 15 days.

She is survived by her children, Mike Smetter (Teresa Umshler), York, and Jodi (Tony) Thoman, York; grandchildren, Robert (Shelby) Stolley, Latasha Stutzman and Jonathan Newman; great-grandchildren, Aydah Hein and Beckham Golter; brother, Phil (Judy) Barnes, York; sister, Connie Dornbargh, Bella Vista, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews. Bonita was preceded in death by her parents, Bertrun and Lorene Barnes.

A memorial service was Dec. 4 with inurnment at the Utica Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested in care of the Smetter family or the donor's choice. Condolences may be left for the family at


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