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Bonner named ELC Fan of the Year

September 3, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

'there were those Midget wrestling meets to attend'

Editor's note: The Estherville Lincoln Central Booster Club announced Introduce ELC Booster Club announced its 2019-20 Fan of the Year-Julie Bonner-at halftime of Friday's football game against Forest City. The following information about Julie was read to the crowd over the PA system about why she received the honor.

"In 1992 Julie married Rick Bonner and started her family in Estherville. Rick and Julie then welcomed two boys into their family. First in April of 1994 with Gable. Then with Chase in April of 1996.

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"In December of 1996 just 8 months after Chase was born, life changed drastically for Julie and her two boys.

"On Dec. 4, 1996, the Bonner/Kulow clan were on their way back from Humboldt where they watched the Midgets wrestle. On the wintery roads they hit ice and veered off the road. In that crash, Julie lost her husband Rick. But with the love and support from family, friends, and the entire Estherville community, Julie and her boys lived on. Heck, there were more Midget wrestling meets to attend.

"Jokes aside, you could always count on seeing Julie and her boys at almost all ELC activities, football, basketball, wrestling, softball, baseball, as well as mass on Saturdays or Sundays at St. Pats.

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Julie Bonner (with plaque) was surrounded by family members including sons Chase and Gable (front right) after being named the 2019-20 Estherville Lincoln Central Fan of the Year at half-time of Friday's game against Forest City.

Photo by David Swartz

"As time went by the Julie suffered another setback. As she was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2001 and then abdominal cancer in 2002. Once again her family, friends and the Estherville community helped Julie battle through. Like I joked before, there were still more wrestling meets to attend.

"She continued supporting ELC activities as she watched her sons attend school at ELC with Gable graduating in 2012 and Chase in 2015. With her boys off at college you could still could catch her supporting the red, black, and white, as long as it didn't overlap with any Beaver wrestling or track meets.

"Julie has always instilled in her boys that respect, responsibility, and a good work ethic can get you anywhere. She would constantly remind her boys that someone is always watching and that they were representing her, their family, their school, and their community, so represent them well and with the utmost respect.

"In 2016 Gable finished his wrestling career and graduated from BVU. He then returned to ELC as a coach and teacher and settled into adult life with his new wife, Ashley. Gable is currently the head wrestling coach at ELC as well as an assistant football and the throws coach. And this last spring Chase finished up his college career as a thrower at BVU qualifying for nationals and setting BV's school record in the shot put. After graduation Chase and his fianc, Tina, moved to Hull where they have started their adult life together.

"Today, Julie continues to cheer and support all ELC athletes from tiny tots to the high schoolers. Through the ups and the downs that life has had, Julie has proved that through the strength of a community, you can get through anything."



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