Vonna “Sally” I. Buchholz (Bishop) from Fitchburg, Wisconsin formerly of Beloit, Wisconsin and West Union, Iowa died Saturday, November 24, 2018 in her home peacefully. The twins, Vonna and Bonna, were born June 5, 1931 to the late Clifford and Agnes Bishop (Saltsgiver) at their grandparents’ Saltsgiver farmhouse.
Vonna married Marvin Buchholz on January 1, 1950 at which time they began their farming life together. Believing in lifelong learning, they graduated with teaching degrees from the “original” Upper Iowa University in 1965. As her 28-year teaching career in Beloit, WI ended, she continued taking SLU classes at Beloit College. Vonna had a passion for writing which allowed her to leave a legacy of family stories. Although family came first, her other special interests were gardening, walking, piano, reading, sewing and discussing politics. She became the first Woman President of the Beloit Kiwanis group and supported peace efforts. She dedicated her life to helping others and her church; specifically teaching Native American children, working with Latino families, Russian Peace mission and donating blood. Church activities included teaching Sunday School, Deacon, Layperson and choir.
She is survived by her children, Sue (Dan) Sippola, Sheryl (Steve) Guetzlaff, grandchildren Chris (Kristin) Guetzlaff, Scott (Erica) Guetzlaff, Patrick (Rebecca Webster) Sippola, Jenny (Logan Gehin) Sippola and great grandchildren, Isabella, Charlotte, Rylee, Alexa, Stella, and Ryder; her twin sister Bonna Gehring, Sister Esther Sivert (Dale), and brother Neal Bishop (JoAnn).
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marvin, her son Tony Buchholz, and siblings, Harry Bishop and Clarence Bishop.
The family thanks Cristina, Sharon, Amy and other caregivers from Agrace Hospice for all of their special care and compassion.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 10:45 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union, Iowa.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Bethel Presbyterian Church, 208 North Vine Street, West Union, Iowa with a lunch following.
Interment will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, rural West Union, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Burnham-Wood-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of West Union, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.