Bonita “Bonnie” Rice

January 31, 1938-July 3, 2018

It is with great sadness

that the family of Bonnie

Eleanore Rice announces

her passing on Tuesday,

July 3, 2018, at the age of

80 years. She was born on

January 31, 1938 in

Minot, ND to her parents,

Arnold and Beatrice Har-

stad. Bonnie grew up on a

farm with many years of

mischief, especially with

her brother Arden. After

graduating high school in

1956, Bonnie married

LeRoy Thoreson and had

two sons, Ricci and Troy

Thoreson. She later di-

vorced. Bonnie had a

strong sense of indepen-

dence. Bonnie was a

home maker and loving

Mother. She was an avid

bowler, a Giants baseball

fan, and collected glass

chickens on a nest. In the

1980’s, she married Bob

Rice until his death in

2013. In recent years, she

enjoyed talks with her sis-

ter Beverly Berg, playing

Hay Day on her Ipad, and

was an active user of


Bonnie will be lovingly

remembered by her chil-

dren: Troy Thoreson

(Deo) and Ricci Thoreson

(Leesa); by her grand-

daughter, Lauren Kersten

(Adam), by her sister,

Beverly Berg, and by her

brother, Aurlen Harstad.

Bonnie was preceded in

death by her husband

Robert Rice and her broth-

er, Arden Harstad.

A Memorial Service in

memory of Bonnie will be

held on Wednesday, July

11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., at

Whitehurst Funeral

Chapel, 1840 Center Ave,

Los Banos, CA 93635. In

lieu of flowers, those who

desire to make a memorial

donation in memory of

Mrs. Bonita Rice please do

so to the American Lung

Association. Services are

entrusted to Whitehurst

Funeral Chapel-Los